Category: Opinion

Offering individual opinions on the state and its politics

A Good Idea Is A Good Idea

In their recent staff editorial, the editorial board of the News & Observer hit the gerrymandering nail on the head. Included is this reference to perhaps the wisest grandmother of nonpartisan redistricting, the Iowa method: “One better approach to redistricting is found in Iowa, where partisanship has been drained out of the process almost entirely. Iowa’s legislative and congressional districts are drawn by a nonpartisan state agency without regard to voter registration data or previous election results. The legislature has up to three opportunities to approve…   Continue Reading »

Sailing With Shredded Flags

Editorial by Nelda Holder     It is my alarming observation that the state of North Carolina, my own home state and host to my immigrant great-great grandfather, a stone mason from Ireland (who helped build the Capitol in Raleigh), is currently sailing with shredded flags straight into a hurricane. Battered by numerous constitutional issues that have involved no less than the lifeblood of our nation—the right to vote—we are now facing a monumental storm that is being fed by political climate change. And yes,…   Continue Reading »

Thank You for a Speech for the Ages

Politically Purple NC has the underlying theme of exploring the endemic propensities and culture of the publisher’s home state of North Carolina. Last week, the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, gave one of the most eloquent speeches this writer has read in some time, and it so embodies the spirit of culture-analysis that PPNC strives to provide that it begs sharing here. Landrieu speaks to the cultural impact of slavery and the soul-searching corrections that must be pulled from our innermost sanctuaries of prejudice and/or…   Continue Reading »

Coming Soon — to a Highway Near You?

I lived for 13 years in the state of Vermont, where billboards along roadways are not allowed. There is signage available — discreet but thoroughly visible directional signs along exit approaches that lead you to various businesses or landmarks — but there are no billboards. This form of advertising was banned in 1968 (yes, you read that right) in order to preserve the natural beauty of the landscape in the Green Mountain State. I have always contended that the happy tourists who travel around the…   Continue Reading »

The High Price We Pay for Marketing

By Mark Jamison, Guest Columnist I recently had an exchange with a local official that explains a fundamental misconception about journalists and journalism and in doing so gets at the heart of a creeping cynicism that threatens the very fabric of our society. The official (I’m being nonspecific because I’m not interested in embarrassing or singling out an individual) referred to the Sylva Herald, my local paper in Jackson County, as a “media partner”. The political philosopher Michael Sandel has written about our shift from…   Continue Reading »

Coaching the Lawmakers

UNC champion basketball coach Roy Williams scored a classy three-pointer when he spoke before the NC General Assembly recently, as reported in The Herald-Sun on May 5. The reprint of a Fayetteville Observer editorial noted that Williams, at a joint session of the Legislature held to honor his NCAA championship team, took the microphone to talk for a moment about sacrifices “toward a common goal.” “What you do to help our state is the most important thing going on,” Williams was quoted as explaining to the august elected body….   Continue Reading »

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    PoliticallyPurpleNC examines -- from a nonpartisan angle -- the legislative decisions of the North Carolina General Assembly and their potential effects on the citizens of the state. It does so in a setting that includes context -- historical background and social implications. PPNC encourages rational, nonpartisan evaluation and advocacy for the good of the whole.
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