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Re: “A Purple Shadow

I had the opportunity to meet Prince at his old club in LA. We were scouting and he came down to the bar floor to say hello. I hadn't really thought about it for years but it was akin to meeting the President. "It really is him.....!"

I hope Kim recovers but it will take time.

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Posted by drew.kinney.14 on 04/29/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “A Purple Shadow

Bro, thank you again for providing such a touching recollection of how Prince touched my life in deep ways. As you captured, it went well beyond his incredible music but more so to the unapologetic free spirit he was, which inspired me to embody the same. I will cherish this column & tribute always. Kudos on another fantastic perspective, you truly put some Respek on Prince' s name ...

Posted by Kimbogem85 on 04/27/2016 at 11:23 PM

Re: “A Purple Shadow

@Jasmine Corbett Yes I wonder if younger folks will truly appreciate the incredible magnitude of Prince's contribution to music and popular culture and becoming more than just a musical artist for fans like my Sister. Thank you fore reading and sharing your perspective!

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Posted by Charles Easley on 04/27/2016 at 4:55 PM

Re: “A Purple Shadow

I just had this same conversation with my students!!! Prince's death will be one of those iconic moments...ironically, that you ask, "Where were you when you learned Prince died?" The younger generation didn't quite get it the way you eloquently put it here...but my brother, I did. Thanks so much for sharing!!! And thanks for bringing us into your life by sharing the love your sister had for the star!

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Posted by Jasmine Corbett on 04/27/2016 at 4:40 PM

Re: “How Obamacare saved my life

Here we are four years later, and I attach an article that points to what any sane person should have seen as inevitable, the collapse of the exchanges:

"Last fall, UnitedHealth Group Inc. disclosed major losses on policies it had offered through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Nor was the country’s largest health insurer alone; competitors including Aetna Inc., Humana Inc. and Cigna Corp. have described the difficulties they face in attempting to make exchange-based offerings profitable.

So it is no surprise that UnitedHealth announced that it would reduce its exchange offerings for 2017. What did surprise at least some observers was the scale of the decision. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company will reduce its offerings from 34 states this year to “only a handful” going forward. In the same conference call, UnitedHealth steepened its projected losses on exchange plans for 2016 to $650 million. In contrast, the company’s overall earnings for the first quarter were better than expected.

Let’s break it down. UnitedHealth is making money in its employer-sponsored health insurance business. It is making money in its government-paid, nonexchange health insurance business. It is making money from individual health insurance policies sold outside the Affordable Care Act exchanges. But it is losing money hand over hypodermic on policies sold through the Obamacare exchange network. How come?

Simply because customers on the exchanges tend to buy insurance when they are sick and drop it if they get getter. They do so knowing that under Obamacare rules, insurers must sell them insurance again during the next open enrollment period, or even sooner if they qualify for a special exemption. You could not design a better system for making medical insurance a money-losing proposition if you tried."

Posted by Longrifle on 04/26/2016 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Meds Not Feds

Thanks for another thoughtful article, Erin.

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Posted by Ann Twitty Caughran on 04/20/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@icydew You are so correct that if it is indeed a good thing then it should be equally shared. I remember doing church outreach when I was younger but it was in the form of going into the community and working with the elderly or picking up trash to show our work through our deeds rather than just talk. Thank you for reading and sharing your views.

Posted by Charles Easley on 04/06/2016 at 6:19 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@Tony Tony Stark I am with you because I have been hit with all the above, elder ladies, groups of men, children I am waiting for the assistance dogs to show up with a sign scratching at the door. I admire your resolve and restraint....lol. Thank you for reading and sharing some of your best practices.

Posted by Charles Easley on 04/06/2016 at 5:42 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@VC oh not not you too....lol Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this topic.

Posted by Charles Easley on 04/06/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Counterpoint: The state overreacted

Ryan, can you send me your email address? I'd rather talk about this in a space that's not an open forum. Hopefully, someone at CL will still have my email address, who knows? If not, let me know in this space and I'll call you at the office. Thanks!

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Posted by John Grooms on 04/03/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Finding religion's open arms

Christianity is about accepting Christ (and His teachings). If you study the four Gospels carefully, you will see that Jesus preached repentance and the kingdom of God. Jesus Himself stated, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish". (Luke 13:3)

Yes, God is a God of love but also a God of judgement. If we reject Him and His words, there is nothing left but judgement. The good news is that through accepting Christ we can escape the judgement that is coming upon the world.

Posted by LiketoFish on 04/02/2016 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Counterpoint: The state overreacted

John,

It was my decision and nobody else's to run the aforementioned column alongside a response from Matt. Never was I pushed by (nor did I ever even speak to) anyone in ownership regarding that decision. I saw the pro-HB2 column and had the same thoughts about it that I believe you did. I decided letting Matt respond directly to the columnist and people who think that way was a different way to go about it, since by our print time the local news was already inundated with op-ed pieces against HB2 in a handful of other outlets. I see that you disagree with the decision but I thought I'd at least explain why I included it as context for Matt's column.

Thanks,
Ryan Pitkin

Posted by RyanPitkin3 on 03/31/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Counterpoint: The state overreacted

Please put me on record as thinking it is appalling for CL to have published the anti-LGBT protections piece from the Triad. This city has a newspaper of record, that's what the Observer is there for. Alt weeklies, as I posted elsewhere, should be the ones poking the dragon, and not debating whether the dragon has a good point or not. This is what happens when clueless right-wingers buy out a formerly award-winning newspaper without even understanding their readers. Ludicrous. Just completely ludicrous.

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Posted by John Grooms on 03/30/2016 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Counterpoint: The state overreacted

Great points Matt. I especially like this:

"The reality is actually so much simpler. Whether you're white or black, male or female, gay or straight, cisgender or transgender, people simply want to be treated equally, with their full inherent dignity as human beings honored, recognized and respected. This universal desire of all humankind, reflected in faiths and beliefs throughout world history, was at the crux of Charlotte's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances."

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Posted by Jeff on 03/30/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

I just said to Dawn that since living in NC, in predominantly "other" neighborhoods we have never gotten knocks on our doors or seen the groups making rounds. I believe that certain neighborhoods are targeted which is interesting and speaks to the idea that some folks need saving more than others when the fact is that people are people and if you have found a good thing why wouldn't you want to share it with everyone. It perpetuates racism, separatism, and classism. Enlightening piece as usual Mr. Easley

Posted by icydew on 03/29/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

LOL… Faith is deeply personal for me. And for that reason, I do not want to be broadsided by it with all the burnish of a 90s summer high schooler’s magazine spiel to offset college tuition. We realize that everyone sells us everywhere—home, in and outside of stores, restaurants, on and through electronic devices— and some of it admittedly we think is creative and even will find an official go-fund-me spirit in us for a few dollars. But proselytizing for all it’s little old ladies, deep-voiced authoritarian men or even Easter Sunday basket toting youngsters seems to assign more than it asks, dictate more than it derive when it comes to moral attitudes, dispositions and approaches. I refuse to be bum rushed. I am first to verbalize and commit to eye contact that say “Thanks for the interest but I have other approaches to which I am committed. Have a good day.” If they repeat I say no thanks again. I keep walking, not answering anything afterward. When I feel targeted where I live, I have been known to ask if calling the leadership to have my house removed from listing will help maximize their efforts in favor of more suitable areas. Turning the pitch works for me. Seeing the hardliners turn and head in the opposite direction, all the more…

Posted by Tony-Tony Stark on 03/28/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

Funny stuff. I wouldn't say I live in a ritzy neighborhood, but it's pretty solidly up in the upper middle/lower upper designation. And yes, the Saints do come knocking on our door. Mostly Jehovah's Witnesses but there are others as well. I usually let them know pretty immediately that I'm not in the market for salvation.
Anyway, keep up the good work.
Also, if you have a moment, I'd like to speak with you about your spiritual needs.....

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Posted by VC on 03/25/2016 at 12:17 AM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@Tmarshall lol now that is a sure way to shut down the conversation. Thank you for reading and sharing.

Posted by Charles Easley on 03/24/2016 at 9:23 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@Linda Peace They were on me like a tick....lol Thank you for reading and sharing.

Posted by Charles Easley on 03/24/2016 at 9:18 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@Rusty Sheridan Be careful what you ask for man...lol Once they have you on their radar there is no escaping.

Posted by Charles Easley on 03/24/2016 at 9:17 PM

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