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Re: “The root of the cause

I agree with you Charles. There are so many other stories to be told. African American people who did great things, and their stories deserve to be told too! We know that our ancestors were slaves, and we also know the unspeakable evils they had to endure. Show us rising above all of that. Surviving even when every odd was against us!

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Posted by Gena Power on 06/01/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “A Purple Shadow

@niurys it really is amazing how someone we do not know personally has such an incredible impact on our lives. Thank you for sharing your memories.

Posted by Charles Easley on 05/31/2016 at 10:11 AM

Re: “A Purple Shadow

@drewkinney.14 wow you actually met his royal purple ness. What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Charles Easley on 05/31/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Buying legal weed in Colorado with a North Carolina ID

I am interested in getting some from Colorado I have never been myself it what would you recommend I was really thinking I would love to have it shipped to me through the mail but I'm scared a little bit to go that route

Posted by need weed on 05/30/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “A Purple Shadow

I was truly saddened, I had watched and admired this tiny animated guy for months. I was fascinated with Vanity also, winning lip synch contests and doing shows to pay for outfits and bar tabs. All this during my rebel years, first time out on my own.
There will never be another like him remotely, my only regret being I never met him in person. I would of asked him to explain Purle Rain.

Posted by Niurys Antomarchy on 05/03/2016 at 8:33 AM

Re: “A Purple Shadow

@Kimbogem You are very welcome and I think many other folks were inspired and touched like you by Prince's music, art and they way he chose to live his life.

Posted by Charles Easley on 05/01/2016 at 10:23 AM

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."

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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

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