COVID-19

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    North Carolinians deny being pandemic hoarders

    Right now my pantry is stocked with more Clorox wipes than I could possibly use this year — or next. At least one of the containers has been there for about six months. I’ve also got a few extra rolls of paper towels. Come on, don’t deny that you’ve got…
    Donna Martinez, April 7, 2021
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    Democrats, Teachers’ Unions, and Cold Hard Cash

    In case you’re wondering what’s happened with all the money appropriated to public schools through the federal ‘relief’ bills, you’re not alone. Writing for North State Journal, Locke’s Bob Luebke has the numbers as well as a few thoughts on whether we really need all this cash.
    Donna Martinez, March 31, 2021
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    Greenville bar owner’s lawsuit against Gov. Cooper moves forward

    Greenville bar owner Crystal Waldron continues her fight against Gov. Roy Cooper’s use of emergency powers, which prevented her from earning a living and fully operating her business. Carolina Journal reports: Superior Court Judge James Gale issued a two-page order Friday, March 26, to transfer the Waldron v. Cooper…
    Donna Martinez, March 30, 2021
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    Virus and government restrictions flip our behavior on its head

    Food for thought. The chart below from Axios details the monumental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions on our most basic activity: eating. Remember, it wasn’t all that long ago that eating at restaurants and bars had eclipsed eating at home. Take yourself back to…
    Donna Martinez, March 15, 2021
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    LISTEN: Reps. John Bell & Destin Hall on reining in governor’s emergency powers

    This week N.C. House lawmakers filed a bill that would reform the powers of North Carolina’s governor to declare and continue an emergency. Carolina Journal reports: House Bill 264, Emergency Powers Accountability Act, would require the governor to seek the concurrence of the Council of State when issuing…
    Donna Martinez, March 11, 2021
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    Teacher responds to reopening plan with expletive-filled message on popular Facebook page

    Fellow teachers were shocked by one teacher’s reaction to the bipartisan school reopening plan unveiled by Republicans and Democrats today.  The post appeared on the North Carolina Teachers United Facebook page and has not been removed as of 3:30 pm. UPDATE: The moderators removed it around 45 minutes after…
    Terry Stoops, March 10, 2021
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    NCAE pans bipartisan school reopening plan

    The N.C. Association of Educators is not on board with a school reopening plan that Governor Cooper and legislative leaders announced at a press conference today.  Hangups include: Legislation that will “needlessly encourage” school boards to adopt plans that do not include strict social distancing requirements Not thanking teachers…
    Terry Stoops, March 10, 2021
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    Public school teachers unhappy about compromise school reopening plan

    No one should be surprised that public school teachers are angry about school reopening legislation, even though the scientific consensus is that it is safe to resume in-person instruction.
    Terry Stoops, March 10, 2021