Letters to the editor
Reject electronic billboards
The billboard industry trying to hoodwink North Carolinians when they say their new digital billboards will be an improvement over the billboards that industry -- themselves -- have allowed to deteriorate on our roadways. Sorry, but few people seriously think that a big, bright electronic billboard -- soaring above the tree tops on tall metal mono-poles -- flashing more than 10,000 ads/day, is any kind of improvement.
A common industry tactic for undermining public opposition to digital billboards is to offer free billboard space to non-profits. This explains why you see non-profit billboard ads around the state. The irony in this tactic is that the ads on electronic billboards are constantly changing. So, we can see PSAs for anti-teen drinking programs -- followed by ads for lite beer and hard liquor. Not a good message for our kids.
The General Assembly should reject the tired arguments and spin coming from out-of-state billboard companies. How is sending more profits to a billboard company in Georgia good for North Carolina?
Racing to the bottom
Let's all put hands together for the Republicans in the General Assembly.
Working like a colony of hyperactive beavers, they've managed, in only six months, to degrade the public school system; deny many children access to pre-school programs; lift the cap on charter school applications; try to establish a separate state charter school board; get those loafers off of unemployment benefits; refuse to expand the Medicaid program in accordance with provisions of the Affordable Care Act, even though it wouldn't cost North Carolina a dime for three years; try to ram through the most severe restrictions on women's ability to have a legal abortion (under cover of darkness, no less); and generally destroy North Carolina's reputation as a progressive Southern state.
Congratulations, guys and gals of the Big-R party, you've got North Carolina almost leading the pack in the States' Race to the Bottom. You deserve a break, so why not head back home for some well-earned R&R? Say, four or five years' of it.