Opinion roundup: Aug. 22, 2016 -- GOP and minority voters, helping teachers and Fort Bragg

Posted August 22

Hey GOP, worried about black voters? Quit whining and compete (Charlotte Observer column) -- Hey, Republican Party. African American voter here. I hear you’ve been looking for me, but you’re sending out such wildly mixed messages that I’m not sure if I should be flattered or furious.

GOP must play fair on early voting (Winston-Salem Journal) -- The chairman of the state GOP has encouraged Republicans on county elections boards to “make party line changes to early voting” by limiting the number of hours and keeping polling sites closed on Sundays during the November elections, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported last week. This isn’t the kind of cooperation with the courts or encouragement to vote that we’d prefer from any state party leader.

Give teachers all the tools they need (Wilmington Star-News) -- Gov. Pat McCrory and state Sen. Michael Lee have been running commercials touting the Republican administration's teacher raises. For the first time, the average teacher salary in North Carolina will be $50,000 per year. That much is true. Those rosy numbers, however, don't tell the whole story.

Teachers bear unfair share of education burden (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- Pitt County residents cannot be as critical of their government as in past years for the state of public education, but there are some glaring issues that must be confronted and overcome, regardless of how the problem is framed.

Numbers tell a tale of Fort Bragg economic value (Fayetteville Observer) -- Elected leaders and economic developers around Fayetteville talk often about the need to build new industries and bulk up the economy, so we're not so dependent on Fort Bragg.


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