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Thanks, GOP!

By | May 6th, 2017|Activism, Federal News, Health Care, Opinion|

Well, they did it. They sucked the air out of the room. They clipped the wings of the resistance. A few short weeks after our jubilance over the defeat of the ill-conceived TrumpRyan “care” AHCA, they came back and passed it. They sure showed us. Wrong! This health bill is a complete joke. It has [...]

Marathon training takes time; So does resistance training

By | April 11th, 2017|Activism, Opinion, self-care|

Ask any runner training for a major event what their daily schedule looks like and you will see it quite busy with exercise. There are specific days for running certain distances. There are cross-training days where they may swim, do yoga, bike, etc. But one day you may overlook is their rest day.  Every runner [...]

Basketball or Rights?

By | April 2nd, 2017|HB2, Issues, LGBTQ, North Carolina, Opinion, Uncategorized|

The ACC is signaling its acceptance of HB 142. News reports have it that Cooper was in constant contact with the NCAA and the NBA during the final phase of negotiations. It is clear now that the "compromise" has worked in terms of lifting the most symbolically important part of the economic boycott against our [...]

How to be a Real Welcoming City

By | March 27th, 2017|Immigration, Issues, North Carolina, Opinion|

Today, the Winston Salem City Council is scheduled to vote on a "Welcoming City" resolution, which basically "reaffirms we are a welcoming city for newcomers, immigrants and refugees who come to our nation and our city for a peaceful new beginning.” While I whole heartedly agree with the sentiments and desire and intent of this resolution, [...]

Think Beyond “Flippable”

By | March 25th, 2017|Activism, Gerrymandering, Get Out the Vote, Opinion|

As we all recover from November, it's hard to wearily contemplate another election cycle right around the corner. For a brief period, we thought we might have statehouse races this November, but that chance seems to have been scuttled as we head into April with no word from the courts. At this late date, it [...]

The Stain of HB2

By | March 22nd, 2017|Equality, HB2, Issues, LGBTQ, North Carolina, Opinion|

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of an ignominious event in North Carolina history: the passage of HB2, the law that will forever be known as the bathroom bill. Estimates vary about the exact economic losses this single statute has cost us, but the loss in pride, prestige, and standing in the nation and indeed the [...]