You summed it well.
As the times become more fretful, we are finding that more and more the senior issues you raised, ie, senior food shopping, fixed incomes, familiar affordable housing and the likes will need greater attention from us. Our seniors are living longer and that should not be seen as a curse on society or its progress. The elderly will need more care and assisted living arrangements as they move along LONGER in years. But too some of the lesser or “softer” necessities confronting our elderly will also requite our notice: kind and patient consideration, gentle and unwearied engagement and perhaps most important, social independence-- just being allowed to do for themselves as they can and in safe and non-threatening atmospheres. To not be pastured.
I have spent all my life around seniors in one form or another. I was a favorite of my late grandmother Anna and her late sister—and my mother’s favorite aunt, Lucille. I was a well regarded by my grandfather Emory and his oldest brother, my Uncle King. I gathered and tucked away many great pearls during long lazy hot summer seasons when I would visit them for long stretches and eat with them each day from their garden raised vegetables and fruits.
The closely knit historically significant in-town communities in which I was reared were teeming with bright and energetic hoary heads that supervised election registrations, managed neighborhood planning units, maintained food and clothing pantries, volunteered hours at local schools where they sustained a consistent monitoring of all scholastic activities. Young people were treated like enduring treasures for which those seniors gave the last measure to ensure better lives for us.
When we left to go away to college, they would give us small “tokens to know how much we love you.” It should be no wonder that the first social sciences courses I took as an undergrad was one in gerontology, the study of these very special elderly citizens.
I still visit many seniors who busy themselves with everything from church work to Greek Letter activities. I could not imagine life without them.
Now my mother is a late octogenarian. And though hardly the feisty soul she was in raising siblings, her own five, her grandchildren, community children, she still commands a great presence as she is very much a lady and is discreet in the most mannerly of ways.
Mom has adult children and we are able to take absolute care of everything she needs. I do know it is not the same for so many others.
Professor you have broached a very meaningful and weighty topic that is quite close to me. It does not receive half the airing in social and media forums it deserves.
For all the great progress and ingenuity to which our country can lay claim, it has yet to approximate the so-called underdeveloped worlds in taking care of the elderly.
Little wonder why in the most basic areas of gerontological humanity and civility we ourselves could learn a thing or two – from those emergent.
Just in time for our own transitions, if the world will have us.
Exactly what the state legislators intended to do. Remember to vote in more than Presidential years and get rid of them.
I wouldn't rule out State Treasurer Janet Cowell as a contender either!
While that would be unworkable from the IRS standpoint, it could be easily done by the news media during the run-up to each election. I wonder why they don't do that?
Great article! However, the Democratic bench is much deeper than you let on. Don’t forget North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin as "an up-and-coming Democrat" (your words), whom D.G. Martin and other pundits have included on their short list of gubernatorial prospects in 2016 and 2020.
Not only has Goodwin won two statewide elections and served in the legislature, he is a better and more inspirational speaker than many of those you mentioned. Goodwin has also developed a populist, bipartisan appeal and he has a record of saving voters billions of dollars. Goodwin is also a proven, organized candidate.
Insurance Commissioner Goodwin is also a true North Carolina native, not the case among some of the political prospects mentioned by both major political parties in the state these days. Goodwin’s personal story is one that voters can – and will – relate to. Don’t count him out.
Possible solution to police shootings:
After being sued for wrongful death by the family and losing, the family is awarded a certain monetary damage.
Instead of the police/sheriff department or municipality paying this bill out of the general fund, it is devided up amongst the tax payers of said municipality and they are sent a bill for their share. These people would foot the bill anyway, but I garauntee this method would get government back under control!
Now, just think what would happen if our income tax bill was itemized!
Since he's now a candidate for different office I'm sure he can live without the $150K the taxpayers are shelling out for him.
As a retired police officer, I agree with most of what is said here. However I have mixed emotions about civilian review boards. Members of such boards do not have the understanding of the nature of police work to make valid decisions. The very fact that the current board has always supported the police decisions demonstrates that. A current or retired sworn police officer who does not know the officer in question would be better able to determine if his actions were reasonable and legal. As well as police shootings, the review boards should also investigate the cavalier use of Tasers and all incidents where police used physical force that cause injury to either the defendant or the police officer.
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To say that Lyles balanced 22 budgets is very misleading. State Law in NC requires every local government to have a balanced budget in place by July 1 of every year. Essentially, you are saying that she did her job.
Historical wounds? I actually laughed out loud.
So you can go ahead and throw up a bunch of BS claims about "unfair" stereotypes and negative media portrayals and then just ignore it when people put actual data in front of you? Weak dude, and you know it.
I mean, isn't your end game all about fighting racism? Or is it only racism when it's media pushed white on black, regardless of the circumstances? I wonder how you'd feel if a law were passed unilaterally sentencing any criminal to life in prison if the crime they committed were against a person of another race. On the one hand, black on white crime would cease in about a year, on the other, AAs would be screaming racism about a month into that year.
I figure with you being a teacher and a "journalist" and all those four stories would be a snap. I guess not. You're better spoken than Sharpton or Jackson but your game is the same. Find it anywhere.
There are figures Charles, hard data, and you need to bone up on them before you put another one of these bullshit columns into print. You really want your legacy to be that of another poorly informed whiner? Stop being part of the problem, stop writing about your losers. Nobody with an ounce of sense cares about them.
I'm said to resemble a black cowboy stud in my Wranglers jeans and other casual or Western duds,so would bosomy white cowgirls be interested in dating this good ol' black Canadian lad,60,with boyish good looks,a muscular build-I'm 5'9",205 lb.,183/4" biceps,though like most older chaps,I'm attempting to shed about 20 lb.-who's trying to become a Country song-writer?
@Mark Butler I agree that we have carry over from historical wounds that as a society and country we have not appropriately addressed. I am glad that you are raising your children and I hope that they grow up in a very different environment. I just became a great Uncle again yesterday so I hope things will be different for that generation.
However you are right as much as I would like this utopian society and as much as I try and say that I am the same as anyone else I cam constantly reminded that against all my efforts folks will see and treat me differently based on their perceptions.
But like you I remain optimistic and try and look for a better way in the future.
I am honored that I imparted some wisdom as your teacher...smile
Keep up the good work and keep your open mind we need more of that philosophy.
Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this subject. Best to you and your family...smile
Mark, thanks for pointing that out. The story has been updated.
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Thanks , Tia
Race issues are clearly real. You can see it in these responses alone. Escalating this argument will not get anyone anywhere. Charles was well within his right to post an op-ed from his perspective. This is America. He can write about how amazing the red skies at night are, and that's his right. @HardTruth and @@peace are well within their rights to post their opinions in response. However, the one thing that EVERYONE in this thread, media, politics, the inner cities, the boonies, and the burbs seems to be forgetting, is that America is supposed to be a melting pot. Our language divides us. Even in late 2013, we still call people black, white, turban-heads, gay, straight, guidos, yellow, and any number of other segregation-oriented descriptors. How can these chunks of stew melt together when we still think in these terms?
Until we, as a whole, can admit that we're American People (not gay white male, straight black female, trans asian, et. al.) hate speech will continue. Personally, I think if media were to refer to everyone as "citizen", the lines imposed (self imposed or not) on people would be a whole lot harder to see. Think of how this would be if the headlines had read "Officer Shoots Citizen in Charlotte Neighborhood". Would race wars be the first thing people jump to, or would it be the officer's ability to react appropriately? It's high time we improve our language to remove the divide between members of the American race. That's what it boils down to. Sure, I come from Irish decent, but at the end of the day, as much as I appreciate what my great grandcestors went through, I'm not them. I'm a new generation in a new time; I'm an American and nothing else. Nothing else should matter. My rights are just as important as yours, and your rights are just as important as mine. We're from the same country, living at the same time, wanting to live a good life.
My wife and I are raising our children this way. If they see a same-sex couple, they don't flinch. Love is love. Until recently, my eldest didn't even notice a difference between skin color (which raised all sorts of questions about why people have different skin color). This is where we need to be going. I'm not white, I'm a mix of heritages that culminated into the here and now.
I think Mr. Easley is entirely valid in his points of view. Present circumstances and his experience led him there. Authority figures are way more likely to overreact towards minority offenders because of stereotypes regarding aggression. I also think HardTruth is right in regards to the need to lose the race card-flag-thingie. The difference is, I'm not going to delude myself into thinking that the race card-flag-thingie isn't at all valid. Rather than his method of "get over it", I think we should learn to forgive the past for its sins (which are well documented and numerous) and adopt a more blended mentality. If we can stop thinking of ourselves as separate groups living near each other and think more along the lines of neighbors and brothers, then race won't matter.
Not to repeat myself, we can't overcome racial profiling until we can overcome our own language. I'd love it if this could be eliminated over the next few decades. If for no other reason, maybe there'll be a little less vitriol in article responses online.
Mr. Easley was a teacher of mine at AICH. I can say that he is one of the single most open-minded people I have ever met. He never cared about which of his students came from where. Everyone got a chance to be creative. It was our work that defined who we were. It was our thoughts and intentions that defined our character. It was our willingness that defined our fortitude. To him, ideas were currency. I'm glad he's writing now, because he was rich as hell back in class. Keep making people expand their thoughts Mr. E.
@CoSign Redux My apologies for not responding to your earlier comment. I like you get frustrated with the expectation that I somehow need an APA style citation page for every point I make as a minority while other folks get to share vile caustic remarks freely. Thank you for reading and your passionate response! Like most folks I know you have other important things to do so you respond and keep it moving.
Fact Check Folks, Jennifer Roberts was a Morehead Scholar, not a Morehead-Cain Scholar. The two foundations did not join forces until 2007.
Charles is a coward and race baiter. You honestly think he'll respond?
I just posted four news stories about black people murdering white people pretty much for the heck of it. These stories don't last in the news for very long, I guess because they don't post pictures of the people that got killed from when they were 13 years old. And there's not a lot of wiggle room on these stories. Old people mostly. Not resisting arrest, not someone defending themselves from attack, flat out unprovoked murder and usually in the process of another crime like robbery.
My challenge is this Charles, post four stories about white civilians (not police officers doing their job shooting idiots that resist arrest while they're drunk or on drugs) killing black people in the year 2013. Put all your cousins and peeps and college roommates and whoever on it. I want to see if you, in all your journalistic glory can do it.
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