The Triangle area offers Amazon all the things it says it needs, except a wide area public transit system. However we do have the ability to provide very quickly an area-wide system utilizing electric, or electric/hybrid transit buses providing service to and from many more places to live and easily reach Amazon’s facilities and myriad amenities offered in our area.
We could have a bus system up and running long before Amazon would require it. Amazon itself is involved in electric vehicle technology, which might offer them added opportunities for further business development. Based on the forward thinking of Mr. Bezos, I suspect he would be pleased to see his new operations linked by this new technology vs. what fixed rail could offer.
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Save the ACA
The repeal of the Affordable Care Act would be a disaster for millions of currently insured Americans. It has just come out that the ACA decreased the proportion of uninsured patients with newly diagnosed cancer. This means our family, friends, and neighbors are less likely to incur life-altering debt as they get treated for cancer. We are winning the fight against many cancers, but we cannot let it put us in the poorhouse or bankruptcy court.
I would like to see the members of Congress come to understand that their constituents need insurance protection. They must not pass the Graham-Cassidy bill.
The wrong path
The Graham-Cassidy bill is an extreme proposal that would increase costs for older Americans with an age tax, cut coverage, and price gouge people with preexisting conditions. Graham-Cassidy would jeopardize older Americans’ ability to stay in their own homes as they age, and threaten coverage for people with disabilities and people who live in nursing homes. AARP, doctors, hospitals, and patient advocates all agree that this bill is the wrong path for health care.
An open letter to Vincent E. Price, president, Duke University
Dear President Price:
I am old enough to remember when college kids were “read the riot act,” because of demonstrations, sit-ins, riots, and the burning of buildings on college campuses across the country. I didn’t like the Vietnam War, and my brother was drafted just a few days after graduating from college. Yet, I never participated in any radical or irresponsible behavior. My parents were fine Christian people who had taught me right from wrong, good from evil, and how to control myself in all situations.
Imagine my dismay when I heard on the news about the defacing of the statue of General Robert E. Lee, on the campus of Duke University. What kind of depraved personality goes to a college chapel and destroys an important historical artifact? Those who are responsible need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Then they need to pay to restore the piece and offer a sincere apology for their abhorrent and childish behavior.
If that had been a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. or Abraham Lincoln, would you have removed it in the dead of night? Would you have failed to speak forcefully that such behavior would not be tolerated on the Duke campus? Would you have failed to go after the criminals and expel them? Would you have failed to explain why their behavior was wrong?
First, you enabled the immature, undereducated perpetrators to do what they did. Now you are rewarding them for their uncivilized behavior. I expect better from our institutions of higher learning. Look what you are teaching kids everywhere. You are teaching them that it is okay to attack and destroy valuable things in fits of rage and temper tantrums. You are teaching them to be disrespectful, mean-spirited, close-minded, and hateful. Is that really what we need in our country right now?
Suppose another group of unruly kids decide that they are mad at you for some reason. You have given them carte blanche to spray graffiti on your home, terrorize your family, destroy your car. Anyone low enough to harm the statue of someone they don’t even know would be low enough to do anything. I think you know that.
We don’t need any more cowards who masquerade as university leaders. We need for university leaders to grow some spines and start teaching college-age kids to stop acting on their emotions and start using their heads. They need a big dose of history – not the kind of history they get from poorly written textbooks and TV, but the kind that tells them the truth. If kids knew the truth about Robert E. Lee, they would not harm his statues.