Opinion Roundup: July 26, 2016 -- Veto-worthy bills, needle exchanges and voting

Posted July 26

A Virginia school is incorporating fitness into their classrooms with pedal desks, standing stations and tiny ball chairs. The mindset takes the approach that kids who move more, learn better.

One signature away from a very harmful law (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- The N.C. General Assembly’s passage of House Bill 1080 accomplished a major step toward its goal of privatizing education. The bill now sits on Gov. Pat McCrory's desk amid an outcry from educators and local school boards. McCrory should not sign this bill.

Fayetteville's drug war shifts battle to treatment (Fayetteville Observer) -- Forty-five years and a trillion dollars later, some leaders of the War on Drugs have begun to see that the war's core strategy was faulty.

Needle exchange shows forward thinking (Rocky Mount Telegram) -- For all the bad news we’ve read lately about the increase of opioid abuse in North Carolina and in the nation at large, we’re pleased to see leaders looking for innovative ways to tackle the problem, rather than falling back on the old “throw ’em all in jail” solution.

Voting obstacles (Winston-Salem Journal) -- The Texas voter ID law enacted in 2011 was a model that North Carolina legislators substantially followed in 2013.


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