Ryan, thanks for emphasizing CL's writers in your story; I'm particularly happy to see Lynn Farris, Jerry Klein and Vance Cariaga mentioned, as they were dedicated stalwarts of the publication, which wouldn't have been as good without their ongoing contributions. Keep up the good work - you've kind of learned your profession "on the job," as I pretty much did. It's not easy, but it may be the best way to learn how to be good at it. Don't get discouraged about the repeated presence of assholes in our midst; you're right, it is ever thus - but so is the voice to the side giving them shit and pointing out the problem.
We appreciate the 420 issue - perhaps if CL offered coverage of marijuana/cannabis law reform more than once a year, law-makers might pay more attention.
Why is there no l8nk to his music....unless Im the dumb one and just dont see it...
I kept my unplanned baby I found myself pregnant with at 17. But now I'm one of those volunteer escorts, because any one of those women could be one of my three daughters. And they don't deserve that treatment from anti-abortion terrorists.
I empathize with so much of what you shared with me in this article. Thank you, THANK YOU for writing it.
They only care that they are doing what they believe g*d commands them to do. They're not really concerned about evidenced based outcomes, only proclaiming the gospel at full volume.
Thank you, Rhiannon for your bravery and honesty! Flip Benham, Cities4Life and all the protesters dragged out by their churches in The "Love Life" 40 week shame fest are not out there to decrease the number of abortions, to "save babies" or to demonstrate respect for life. All those goals can be met in more productive ways. They're there because they want to control and subjugate women. It's a disgusting display of anti-Christian hypocrisy.
Thank you for coming forward! More people need to have honest conversations...It isn't anyone else's business is exactly right! What has happened to respect and compassion? Thank you for this post!
Thank you so much for sharing your story! Women are more than capable of making their own healthcare and family planning decisions, without the intrusion of strangers who aim to shame and intimidate them outside of clinics.
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Our local government listened to their constituents and placed a moratorium on fracking. We'll see if the GOP comes after us
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so The General Assembly has all power with no restraints unless challenged in a court of law as being unconstitutional? Fuckery...
"In that way, local governments, being closest to the people, can customize things for their communities."
But that's not how local governments work in North Carolina. NC is not a home rule state.
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@Thomas Cooper I agree that if anything comes out of this folks should realize that we have to take responsibility for our own reality. Political leaders will come and go but our issues will remain the same and like you said we have to rely on each other to get through it the best way we can. Thank you for sharing such sage lessons and historical references.
@VC yes folks will definitely have to keep an eye out on what is going down. It's about to get real bumpy on this ride. Thank you for reading and sharing your comments.
I think we are most compelled now to look at our lives through the modest evolutions from which so many have and still evolve.
I impenitently stand on the sturdy shoulders of those whose devotion to change though not violent was still virulent and vituperative. I know the names of god mothers and fathers my own mother and father--whose flesh side of hand bore the scars of hours and hours of unrelenting work in bad conditions though in distinguished and dignified silence still voluminously tore down institutions like this newly proposed national one-- that was meant to do them harm. I have stood in sun, rain, wind, and cold with black community leaders who rallied their folk and other looking folk from all over and dared them to be still while local, county, state and federal leaders unabashedly targeted populations and attempted to undermine basic dignities that lineage blood had shed to attain. I have had my fair share of voter education rallies, donation pickups for clothing pantries, donation dropout to senior citizen high rises and section 8 community dwellers, document reads and signature signs for the unable to do so and have caught myself on occasions stopping just short of begging to hear just one more sage line from one of the most encouraging older mentor men I knew whose AIDs related death so stunned me in my younger adulthood I could hardly go among the many people and agencies he changed over his life because the memories were too painful. I am RESOLVED AND RESIGNED to be and do one thing whatever I and those of a kindred spirit have always donewhatever we can reasonably to destroy what appears to be one of the most openly divisive hate mongering machines to touch down in the free modern election era since Jesse Helms and Robert Byrds forces converged but still even many of that day never thought to give glimpses for presidencies.
In any case, we certainly cannot be trepid souls before and among those whom time has placed us in such proximity. Those who did so much more with so much less. They ALL told us who NEVER to trust AND WHY. We have been empowered. We know what we must do. We have been successful and will be again.
We just have to get past our utter appall and misinterpretation of how soon history can duplicate itself.
This is politics such as it is. We had a choice between two candidates neither of whom represented what was best for America, and so, once again, we were forced to choose between the lesser of two evils because once again, we found ourselves caught up in the embrace of the partisan political process as if it were out only hope for change. And so it is as long as we are foolish enough to surrender our potential power to one man. I have said this before, and I will say it again. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us much about using our power collectively to bring about real social change, and yet we have forgotten the lessons. King placed little faith in the partisan political process. Instead he showed people how they could work together to make the changes they wanted. It wasn't easy and it didn't happen overnight, but he showed that it was possible. Our hope does not lie with any single person. It does not lie in laws, elections, or ever Supreme Court decisions. It lies in our collective will to do what is necessary, and unless we are willing and take action ourselves, we will fall into the despair of the outcome of elections, and we will wait for another four years to pass so that we can expend all of our energy and squander our faith on the possible outcome of an election. Einstein said that insanity was doing the same thing repeatedly expecting a different outcome. And so here we are writing a tale told by idiots. The rest is silence.
The day Trump won the highest office in the land is the day the country officially went bats**t crazy. Forget his bigotry, xenophobia, misogyny, narcissism. This is a 70-year-old man who stays up all night tweeting replies to everyone who gets under his thin orange skin. That should be enough to disqualify him from office.
But no. Not in 2016. Not in the Year of the Crazy.
Obama brought class, intelligence and reason to the White House. Trump brings tantrums and anti-intellectualism. Gonna be a long four years.
But I'm with you, CE. I'm resolved to battle this blowhard clown all the way down to the wire. He didn't win the popular vote. He didn't even win a majority of Republican primary votes. He's a con man and carnival barker who slipped through the back door because the Establishment couldn't open its eyes long enough to develop a winning strategy against the worse presidential candidate in history.
Trump is not my president. He's just a temporary tenant at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. I'm resolved to demand that the opposition party and media keep a laser focus on all of Trump's shady deals, shady connections, and shady friends and colleagues. I guarantee something will come up -- something YUUUUGE -- that will send him out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on his a88.
Stay strong. Stay focused.
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@Emine Wright Yes diva it is sad that folks care more about broken windows more than broken bodies and spirits. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
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