The locations of homeless shelters are often the source of polarizing debate within communities. Chapel Hill residents, for example, had a prolonged, multi-year battle over the location of a men’s homeless shelter there, and it wasn’t because communities were fighting to be the site for the building.
Many cheered when the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that independent redistricting commissions are constitutional. Enthusiasm in North Carolina was muted; we neither have nor have much hope for such a commission, because our legislature must approve the process and, regardless of whether ruled by Democrats or Republicans, it has shown little interest in giving up the power to draw congressional and legislative districts.
Would North Carolinians ever vote to elect Donald Trump or somebody like him?
This week, a federal judge in Winston-Salem will begin considering whether the following voters should have their voices heard in elections:
You might have missed the irony.
Sometimes in our hope of landing the proverbial whale, we forget that small and mid-sized businesses are the backbone of our rural community. Seeing the success of local businesses and the opportunities that their success brings to residents in our community is a reminder of what they can do.
Everyone has an amazing story to tell.