Asheville — If our elected officials truly believed that the government closest to the people governs best, they’d let cities decide their fate when it comes to things like minimum wage. But, of course, they don’t really believe that. The Citizen-Times examines how the Asheville City Council, which supports raising the minimum wage – as does most of the state’s population – is unable to do anything about it.
Burlington — Are drug treatment courts, which help drug offenders get their lives straight, worth the cost? It seems so, but the General Assembly cut state funding in 2011. The Times-News examines the issue.
Greensboro — Greensboro’s civil rights museum, which inhabits Greensboro greatest claim on history, the Greensboro sit-ins, is a wonderful monument to civil protest. Yet, it is being run into the ground by the egos of the very people whose vision created it. It’s a shame, as the News & Record’s story today illustrates.
Winston-Salem — The Journal has a package of stories on the president’s immigration policy. The one I like is the one that calls out Gov. Pat McCrory for joining the suit against the president. ‘Gov. Pat McCrory, one of 17 governors and attorneys general supporting legal action against President Barack Obama’s temporary deportation policy, said last week that “the president’s actions are likely to put even more financial strain on our state’s government services.’ Ryan Tronovitch, the governor’s spokesman, provided no statistics to back up the comment when asked by the Journal.” Because facts aren’t important when it comes to political positions.