Veteran Alabama publisher laments demise of NC as southern role model

In a column entitled “Tarheels down,” publisher H. Brandt Ayers of Alabama’s Anniston Star newspaper (a former N. C. newspaper reporter) pulls no punches in slamming North Carolina’s 2013 right-wing public policy revolution:

“LAKE TOXAWAY, N. C. — After decades of touting North Carolina as a model of state governance, I am sad to say that it has caught up with Alabama in a race to the bottom.

‘North Carolina was once considered a beacon of farsightedness in the South … In a few short months Republicans have begun to dismantle a reputation that took years to build,’ a New York Times editorial concluded.

A Republican ‘super majority,’ like Alabama’s, has drastically cut the number of people allowed to vote, cut the education budget by one-half billion dollars, installed the failed school-voucher policy, threatened academic freedom and said, in effect, science is illegitimate.

Not since the Taliban blew up the centuries-old monuments to Afghan civilization has there been such an undoing of structures that made a state proud and effective….”

Click here to read the rest of Ayers’ column.

3 Comments

  1. Doug

    August 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Yes the bad ole’ days of progressivism run amok are gone….cue the worlds smallest violin playing “our heart bleeds for you”.

    http://gifrific.com/lebron-james-playing-the-worlds-smallest-violin/

  2. david esmay

    August 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Yes now are the days of regressive Idiocracy run amok.

  3. Alex

    August 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Brandt Ayers is nothing but an old N&O castoff trying to get some attention in a podunk town that has shrunk to the same population it had in 1930. Nothing he says is very relevant in today’s society.