There’s a lot to love about the new STRIDE — Success, Teamwork, Respect, Inspiration, Determination and Excellence — program for boys.Similar to Girls on the Run, the program, slated to launch here this spring, focuses on running and character. It ends with a 5K run for the boys — though the community will be invited to participate, too.
Filmmaker Steve Channing’s excellent “A Generation of Change” on UNC-TV, was a stark reminder of post-war North Carolina, a state wracked by poverty, poor health and uneducated citizens.
A few words on the limits to freedom of expression:
In November 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to create a federal holiday honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Its first observance was Jan. 20, 1986.
Since I arrived in Henderson, people have encouraged me to visit Henderson Collegiate. I heard stories about the remarkable staff and the impressive students.
We often hear about the corrupting influence of money in politics. This usually means quid pro quos for moneyed interests. There’s lip service paid to the amount of cash a politician must raise in order to even run for office. Famously, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer ran for president in 2012 by only taking $200 donations … proving one can’t compete in the contest for the Oval Office by only taking $200 donations.
Here’s to people pursuing their passions.
The 2015 session of the General Assembly officially convened Wednesday but Republican legislative leaders have already set a troubling tone for the session with their decision to meet last week behind closed doors in Kannapolis to discuss education policy and listen to right-wing advocates opine on the subject.
Another wave of bad publicity and legal questions isn’t what the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill needs. But that’s exactly what the school is getting, thanks to its longstanding and troubling use of race as a major factor in admissions.