State legislators opened their 2015 session saying they want to ease the tax burden on "regular folks."
That will be a turnaround. "Regular folks" -- those who earn moderate incomes or less -- pay a larger share of their incomes in state and local taxes than do the very wealthy in North Carolina.
For more than 50 years, the Chapel Hill Service League (CHSL) has sponsored Christmas House to benefit Orange County children who most need support during the holidays. In December, Christmas House served 380 families who filled shopping carts with new coats, toys and books to brighten the holidays for more than 800 children.
I was happy to read that Durham Public Schools decided to do the right thing and pay the custodians who worked 50 days without remuneration -- due to a subcontractor going bankrupt. It would have been easy for the school board to say, "Not our problem!" I had already started working on this column about “pass the buck” schemes, so I was happy to read of a situation in which an organization owned their responsibility.
Recently, a group of good Samaritans gave a five-star dinner to 50 homeless people. The dining room was elegantly decorated. Filet mignon and other fine food was served.
Needed to go to the post office the other day to send something to my daughter which required a big padded envelope, around $400 in postage, and a postal clerk with the personality and patience of Attila the Hun ... only not as warm. And, naturally, I got in the “wrong” line. Because I was in Attila’s line, right behind the person who possibly caused him to lose whatever warmth he had maintained up to that point.
Gayle Forman is coming to Flyleaf on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. where she’ll appear with local young adult superstar author, Sarah Dessen. They will be celebrating the release of Gayle Forman’s fifth novel, “I Was Here” (book from Viking, audio from Listening Library, ages 14 and up).