Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Sat, 23 May 2015 07:30:46 EST 1800 House spends too much If leaders of the North Carolina House are right that the state needs a 6.3 percent increase in General Fund spending for the coming year, then they were wrong two years ago when they helped craft an historic tax-reform package to boost North... Thu, 21 May 2015 19:00:23 EST Improving the lives of foster children In 2014, more than 14,800 children spent time in foster homes in North Carolina, with nearly 10,000 remaining in care at the end of the year. Tue, 19 May 2015 18:00:21 EST N.C. forgoes a tax windfall Republican leaders in the General Assembly wore themselves out backslapping and chest thumping over the news that state tax revenues this year have exceeded projections by $400 million. It was an absolute affirmation of supply side economics —... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:55:22 EST Downtown signage needed in WJ New signage proposed for downtown West Jefferson could go a long way towards helping tourists and even some locals discover some of the “hidden” gems located off Jefferson Avenue. Sat, 16 May 2015 19:15:23 EST How McCrory gets judged Pat McCrory will likely run for reelection next year as governor of North Carolina against longtime Attorney General Roy Cooper. Both men are capable candidates who will run skillful, well-funded campaigns. Given the larger political context, I see... Fri, 15 May 2015 20:35:22 EST Surprising heroes in a long struggle for justice Why does a moderate, progressive journalist write a book critical of his political idol, Terry Sanford, the late governor and senator, and make a hero of Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis? Thu, 14 May 2015 14:00:21 EST Taxes about to drop again Because of tough decisions made by the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory, North Carolina's payroll tax is expected to drop by about $280 million in 2016 and as much as $550 million by 2017. What you think about this sequence of events says a... Tue, 12 May 2015 09:35:21 EST Thank a teacher Everyone can remember one or more teachers who had a significant impact on their life. During Teacher Appreciation Week we should recognize and be grateful to them, but thanking our teachers is more than just raising their pay, as many repeatedly... Mon, 11 May 2015 10:50:21 EST WJ noise ordinance should stand, for now Few things stir the passions of business owners, particularly bar and restaurant owners, and residents living within close proximity to a central business district than that of a noise ordinance, particularly if that noise ordinance is considered too... Sun, 10 May 2015 19:05:22 EST Bad news for politicians – and the rest of us, too I have some bad news for North Carolina politicians.Some of your best friends are dying.It is not people that I am thinking about.It is restaurants. Fri, 8 May 2015 10:05:22 EST It’s time to reduce the federal footprint in America’s classrooms The current K-12 education system is failing our students. Just 36 percent of eighth grade students read at grade level and only 35 percent are proficient in math. Sat, 9 May 2015 15:15:23 EST Fixing our do-nothing, dysfunctional Congress Of our three pillars of national government – executive, legislative and judicial – our legislative branch is failing miserably and has been in crisis for a number of years. Budget sequestration, crumbling infrastructure, shutting down the... Wed, 6 May 2015 19:10:22 EST The out of step debate on the death penalty One emerging theme of this General Assembly session as it reached its midpoint with a flurry of questionable decision making early Thursday morning before the crossover deadline is the extent to which legislative leaders are out of step with the... Tue, 5 May 2015 11:50:23 EST Restoring home will improve Jefferson’s look Last week when Ann Winebarger presented the Jefferson Board of Aldermen with her plans for renovating the old Worth House this summer, a home which she owns, board members likely breathed a major sigh of relief. Sun, 3 May 2015 21:30:21 EST Approach college with serious thought Graduation is around the corner, and with it come plans for the future that may include military service, college or a job. Over the last several weeks, I have heard several prominent speakers talk about the future and education of our young people,... Sun, 3 May 2015 17:45:21 EST Popping the cork on archaic alcohol regulations When North Carolina “popped the cork” on the alcohol limit in beers sold in our state we saw an immediate increase in diversity and choices, with an explosion of some 140 breweries. We became the Brew-capital of the South but this law, as... Sun, 3 May 2015 12:30:22 EST The pathetic state of a historic speedway As a fan of NASCAR and its relatively short, albeit storied history, I can't help but shake my head in disgust every time I drive past the practically abandoned, deteriorating North Wilkesboro Speedway off U.S. 421 in neighboring Wilkes... Sun, 3 May 2015 10:10:22 EST Vietnam War memories, healing continue We can't forget a war, even if we want to. It is seared into the souls of our soldiers, and of those who stayed home. The memory endures, even beyond the lifetimes of those who fought. Fri, 1 May 2015 13:15:21 EST Addressing hunger in Ashe, and beyond In 2014, the Ashe County Sharing Center, the county's longest serving food pantry, served approximately 21,619 residents in Ashe County. Granted, not all were served on a regular basis, but at one point or another, 21,619 county residents were... Fri, 1 May 2015 20:15:21 EST North Carolina and the U.S. – Mexico border What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina? Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:50:21 EST