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Opinion Roundup: Textile jobs deal is a welcome sign for the Triad economy

Posted June 27

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on a new economic opportunity in Winston-Salem, calls for immediate change on N.C.'s rape law loophole, a state budget cut that could lead to layoffs and more.

A reasonable deal (Winston-Salem Journal) -- A deal with HPFabrics Inc., a Turkish textile company that is relocating here and reopening an old plant, could work. The company plans to create up to 260 jobs over three years and perhaps more. That will be a good boost for a worthy industry with historic roots and our local workforce.

Another unfortunate way N.C. is unique (Charlotte Observer) -- North Carolina’s antiquated rape law needs to change immediately.

Legal loophole shielding rapists must be undone (Wilson Times) -- For nearly four decades, a loophole allowing rapists to escape punishment has sat undisturbed in North Carolina’s lawbooks. A state senator is trying to change that, but he’s fighting an uphill battle.

DOJ budget cut could force massive layoffs (Charlotte Observer column) -- The N.C. state budget includes a $10 million cut to the Department of Justice, which could mean layoffs for scores of lawyers and other workers.

D.G. Martin: Don’t let the riptide of angry politics pull you under (Winston-Salem Journal column) -- What is the biggest challenge that we, as individuals, face in this time of angry, petty and deceptive politics that has infected our public life and seems to be pulling each of us under, sucking out of us every ounce of our humanity?

Growing pains shouldn’t derail smart growth (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- The city’s solution to affordable housing is simple, really. Build many, many homes on large, empty plots surrounded by acres of expendable land, situated miles away from existing subdivisions, but still on the bus line, yet not near any existing roads with any traffic. In Asheville. Immediately.

MARY AGNES CAREY & PHIL GALEWITZ: CBO Deals Blow To Senate Health Bill - 22 Million More Uninsured (Kaiser Health News analysis) -- Senate Republicans’ legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act would leave an additional 22 million people without health care coverage over the next decade and cut the federal deficit by $321 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis released late Monday.

ROSE HOBAN: Adult Care Home Bill is Unique in Its Consensus (N.C. Health News analysis) -- State regulators convened a group of stakeholders to review issues and problems... and everyone walked away pleased with the result.

LAURA LEE: Governor’s School begins again (EdNC column) -- But however one feels about the curriculum or cost, a simple fact remains: the N.C. Governor’s School offers a place of belonging for its students. Surrounded by others with deep interests in writing, math, politics, science and art, I understood that a genuine love of learning was something to embrace and that not having all the answers did not mean we should stop asking questions– of our instructors and our peers, but also of ourselves.

ANGEL NUGROHO: First days at Governor’s School – hurricane and clear sky (EdNC column) -- The first week of Governor’s School is simultaneously a hurricane and a clear sky. I quickly became tangled in trying to find my classes, meet new people, and settle into dorm life. But no stressful atmosphere exists here. There are no grades or GPAs to worry over. Instead of test scores, every person here focuses deeply on their subject and on learning in general. Constantly interacting with these passionate people contributes to the Governor’s School identity.

RICK SMITH: AT&T launches wireless broadband for NC rural, 'underserved' areas (WRAL-TV TechWire analysis) -- AT&T is expanding its fixed wireless broadband efforts across North Carolina and seven other states, targeting rural and what it calls "underserved" areas. Plus: How much the service costs and how to find out if you can get access.

LIZ BIRO: Ten Ways to ‘Mess With’ A Tomato Sandwich (Coastal Review column) -- A white bread tomato sandwich with mayonnaise, salt and pepper could be the official summer food of the N.C. coast, but our Liz Biro offers 10 perfectly acceptable variations on the classic.

CORINNE RAMEY: Gun Trafficker Gets 10 Years in Prison in Brooklyn (Wall Street Journal analysis) -- A North Carolina man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in trafficking 33 guns from his home state to Brooklyn.

MYRON B. PITTS: Bridge dedication honors Bladen County ferryman who gave all (Fayetteville Observer column) -- David B. Melvin gave a lot of himself to his job as ferry operator on the Cape Fear River in Bladen County. Lucinda Smallwood, his daughter, remembers her father worked into the night taking people, vehicles, goods and equipment across the river between White Oak and Tar Heel.


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