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By the looks of it, the individual mandate is almost devoid of life. This tax was once viewed as the centerpiece of the federal health law. Without this critical element of government coercion, Obamacare could not work to its full capacity.
Here we go again. Or maybe I should say "Here they go again". "They" would be the Anointed One and his merry group of sycophants led by Ms. Reid's boy, Harry and Ms. Schumer's boy, Charlie.
After a long battle the Vidant Pungo Hospital has been given the opportunity to continue operations as a new organization. At a minimum, there will be an emergency room with other services to be determined by the new management.
Don't you love hearing filthy rich people like Diane Feinstein, Jay Rockefeller, and any of the Kennedys raging about the evil rich? Lefties are famous for criticizing, harassing and belittling the rest of us for stuff they do routinely.
Even though he lacks the blessing of the GOP leadership in Congress, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is pushing a national health care reform he says would do precisely what the GOP establishment has pushed -- repealing and replacing government-driven Obamacare with a system allowing more...
Listening to the dueling ads on the airwaves, voters may wonder why some ads cite a rating claiming Walter Jones is a liberal Republican and others cite ratings that he is one of the most conservative. The difference comes from who is doing the rating.
The meeting will allow Sen. Cook to hear from his constituents on the recent implementation of Common Core Standards in the N.C. Public School System.
After years of scrambling and squabbling about the fate of the Dorothea Dix campus near downtown Raleigh, the two sides are finally doing the right thing: negotiating the size and price of the land parcel that city taxpayers will be purchasing from state taxpayers.
Governor Pat McCrory has proposed reinvesting $16.8 million in savings generated by community colleges into additional funding for the state's 58 community colleges to train workers in high-demand fields such as health sciences, engineering, construction, manufacturing, transportation.
There have been some extremely interesting recent developments regarding writing local wind energy laws — so I decided to write up a brief layperson's summary document about what's going on.
From its title, the casual reader might expect The Value of the Humanities to be a love letter to art, music, and literature. However, this book is not for the casual reader. It is written by a specialist, Oxford professor of English Helen Small, for other specialists who are trying to stay...

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Government

News Release:

Hickory, NC Governor Pat McCrory has proposed reinvesting $16.8 million in savings generated by community colleges into additional funding for the state's 58 community colleges to train workers in high-demand fields such as health sciences, engineering, construction, manufacturing, transportation, chemical and biotechnology fields.

"This is all about putting North Carolinians in good-paying jobs as soon as possible," Governor McCrory said. "More importantly, the decisions on how to invest the funds will be made at the local level to directly connect the training to the area economy."

The governor made the announcement at Catawba Valley Community College near Hickory. He was joined by Dr. Scott Ralls, North Carolina Community College System president and Catawba Valley president Dr. Garrett Hinshaw.

"Reinvesting these funds provides increased support to colleges in ... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

'One of 4,500' project seeks to build support for Opportunity Scholarships
RALEIGH A group advocating for low-income families to benefit from a tuition voucher program that's tied up in court is using the Internet and social media to tell the stories of parents who want to take advantage of the options offered by the Opportunity Scholarships.

"The clock is ticking here," said Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a group backing educational alternatives and reform efforts. He said that the YouTube videos posted by the group will afford parents who have "gone the extra mile" to get an alternative education for their children to share their stories.

Twenty-five parents located across all of the state's geograp... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Katherine Restrepo, who is Health and Human Services Policy Analyst for the John Locke Foundation. She is also a contributor to the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

RALEIGH — By the looks of it, the individual mandate is almost devoid of life. This tax was once viewed as the centerpiece of the federal health law. Without this critical element of government coercion, Obamacare could not work to its full capacity.

Now that the initial enrollment period to #GetCovered has for the most part officially ended, those who go uninsured for more than three consecutive months in 2014 may have to pay the greater of $95 or 1 percent of annual income. If someone does forgo health insurance for longer than a three-month window, the penalty amount will be prorated for the amount of time uninsured.

The 1 percent penalty applies to those who... (read more)
Publisher's Note: Jim Bispo's column appears in the Beaufort Observer.

Here we go again. Or maybe I should say "Here they go again". "They" would be the Anointed One and his merry group of sycophants led by Ms. Reid's boy, Harry and Ms. Schumer's boy, Charlie. They are proclaiming to all within hearing range that women are paid only 77% as much as men. Their "Talking Points Memo" has clearly been distributed far and wide. A lot of other Dems also seem to be trying to change the subject to the claimed 77% differential. What is interesting is that none of them seem even slightly ashamed to be reading and spouting these talking points as though they were really true..

So how do you suppose they came to that figure?? They calculated the median income for women and the median income for men and are using those figures. There you have it. They are banking on our ignorance of mathematics ... (read more)

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Community

The craggy, ragged shoreline of Goose Creek State Park is just one of the many unique components of this park that stands alone as the single most environmentally diverse tract of land, open to the public, in this nook of the Inner Banks. On November, 2, 2011, after the Dan Windley Environmental Field Days Event Lunch at Goose Creek State Park, which I attended, I made my way down to the Pamlico River, and that craggy, ragged shoreline.

Each year, if I can find the time to attend the Dan Windley event, sponsored by the Beaufort County Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with Goose Creek State Park, I always find time to take a stroll down along the water's edge - unspoiled by Man, spoiled only by nature. Today, I took my stroll, and I made a few images of how the wild force of nature can tear a shoreline asunder and then put it back together - just different the n... (read more)

Business

News Release:

Automotive parts manufacturer to invest $113 million for expansion

Raleigh, NC Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that GKN Driveline will expand its Catawba County manufacturing facility. The company plans to create at least 228 new jobs in North Carolina by the end of 2018 and invest more than $113.8 million in this location.

"Automotive manufacturing companies like GKN know that North Carolina is a strong fit for their company," said Governor McCrory. "The additional skilled manufacturing jobs that they'll create will strengthen the economy of Catawba County and add to our state's already strong base of automotive parts manufacturers."

GKN Driveline is the world's leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems, serving global vehicle manufacturers, including BMW, Chrysler, GM and Ford. GKN Dri... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: This article was created by the ECU News Services.

ECU Earth Day Expo highlights biodiversity
Frogs, fossils and jellyfish were among the popular activities for visitors at the annual Earth Day Expo April 8 in the Howell Science Complex at East Carolina University.

Sara Kimmel, left, and Rachel Kimmel listen as ECU professor Tom Fink discusses the sounds that insects make. (Photos by Cliff Hollis) The ECU Center for Biodiversity and Department of Biology hosted the event, with ECU faculty and students providing interactive activities and displays related to biodiversity.

In laboratories throughout the complex, attendees enjoyed fishing for plankton, poison frog mimicry, hunting for fossils and planting sunflower seeds. Educational presentations featured topics such as primate skulls, fish evolution, sea level rise, plant activity, pond life and plant biodiversity.... (read more)

The Arts

Performances of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown will be held:
April 10, 10:00 am (sold out)
April 11, 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
April 12, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
April 13, 2:00 pm

Tickets prices are as follows:
Advanced Tickets - $12.00 Adults, $10.00 Seniors, & $7.50 Students
All tickets are $2 more at the door
COAST Players casts are made up of College of The Albemarle students and members of the community.
STORY:

It's "an average day in the life of Charlie Brown." But, for Peanuts fans there is nothing ordinary about the innocent yet profound characters in this delightful, nostalgic musical. You'll relive some of the best moments of your favorite character's lives in this delightful show. The story unfolds as Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, Sally Brown and a large chorus of many other wonderful Peanuts characters who work their comical way through a day that begins with a br... (read more)

Llewyn Davis's Vision of Unrelenting Irony

The Folk scene in Greenwich Village, New York City, circa 1961, was a trans-formative time in American music. It does not particularly mean that all of the music was good, or especially unique, it just was a new wave of sound, which should be understood from a historical context. For whatever purpose, Folkie Llewyn Davis just never fit into that time, in that place, in a manner comparable to his relative talent.

Llewyn Davis, played well enough by musician /actor Oscar Isaac, put up a wall around himself built upon the foundation of perpetual irony, which was destroying whatever career that he could have made for himself. Or possibly, the supreme irony would be that Llewyn would succeed because, or inspite of his impediment of an artist's unremarkable sense of misplaced priorities. We, the audience, however, will never know since all o... (read more)

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Living

News Release

Raleigh, N.C. The N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR), which provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement and other support services to people with physical, psychiatric and intellectual disabilities, is seeking public input through a series of meetings to help update the state plan for delivery of its services. The plan, updated annually, will become effective Oct. 1.

The public meetings are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations on the dates indicated:

• Lumberton, May 5, Robeson Community College, SBC Workforce Development Center, Building 18, BB&T Conference Room, 5160 Fayetteville Road; phone (910)272-3631

• Washington, May 6, Beaufort County Community College, Allied Health Nursing Building (Bldg.12), Room 1204, 5337 U.S. Highway 264 East; phone (252)946-6194

• Hickory, May 12,... (read more)

Announcements

Press Release:

This Saturday, June 23, 2012, there will be a PraiseFest event on Washington's Waterfront from from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.

See the image below for all of the details:... (read more)

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