Remember Kelly Thomas?
The cupboard is a long way from bare, but it sure isn't being restocked as fast as anyone expected. It's the state budget cupboard we're worrying about, where revenue isn't arriving quite the way the fiscal architects predicted.
When my grandfather was president of Campbell College I remember his stories of students who paid tuitions with hams, cabbages or produce from their family’s farm. College was a sacrifice in those days, but today it is a financial burden. Bloomberg reports the costs of tuitions and fees have increased 1,120 percent since 1978 — 538 percent since 1985. They have far exceeded inflation and wage increases. Many can’t afford to attend and many others graduate with staggering debts.
For a long time I resisted the word "torture" when discussing the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don't think I can do that anymore.
There's an effort underway in Warren County to rebuild connections to the old way of life.
"There's something happening here." -- Buffalo Springfield
The Vance County animal shelter needs more space. Anyone who has visited the site can see that the staff is working hard with the meager resources they have to keep their charges safe and healthy.
Two pieces of good news caught our attention this week.
The first was a program that helps kids (and their parents) prepare for taking the SAT.