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Veteran Alabama publisher laments demise of NC as southern role model

Posted By Rob Schofield On August 5, 2013 @ 7:54 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

In a column entitled “Tarheels down,” [1] 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 [1] to read the rest of Ayers’ column.


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[1] a column entitled “Tarheels down,”: http://annistonstar.com/bookmark/23276132-H-Brandt-Ayers-Tarheels-down

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