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Ouch! Editorials blast McCrory administration on LGBT discrimination, coal ash pollution, offshore drilling

McCrory_budget305-aNorth Carolina Governor Pat McCrory did not have a good weekend on the editorial pages of the state’s major newspapers.

The Winston-Salem Journal blasted the administration’s decision to make well water near coal ash cites “safe” by raising the permissible amount of coal ash chemicals in the water.

The Wilmington Star News praised the Obama administration’s decision to block offshore oil and gas drilling near the fragile Carolina coastline and decried McCrory’s (and Senator Thom Tillis’) failure to listen to coastal communities.

And, of course, these editorials come on top of several more in recent days that have rejected the Guv’s new LGBT discrimination law as utterly outrageous.

Raleigh’s News & Observer called it “an insult to all the people of North Carolina. ”

The Greensboro News & Record called it “a sad day for North Carolina and its cities.”

The Asheville Citizen-Times decried the law’s effort to demonize LGBT people.

And. the Guv’s hometown paper, the Charlotte Observer put it this way in likening him to the worst politician-bigots of the 20th Century:

“It was, in the end, about a 21st century governor who joined a short, tragic list of 20th century governors. You know at least some of these names, probably: Wallace, Faubus, Barnett. They were men who fed our worst impulses, men who rallied citizens against citizens, instead of leading their states forward.

This is what Pat McCrory did Wednesday. In just 12 hours. It wasn’t the stand in the schoolhouse door. It was a sprint past the bathroom door and straight into the South’s dark, bigoted past.”

And judging by the mostly mocking national reviews of the new discrimination law — the New Yorker published an article in which McCrory is described as swearing in a class of “bathroom cadets” to enforce the new law — it would appear that any hopes McCrory may have harbored for a national political future after his time in the mansion expires have been pretty definitively flushed down the drain.

5 Comments


  1. Pertains!

    March 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Shame, shame, shame. NC is ashamed of the ignorant bigots who are allowed to enact laws that allow discrimination of any sort.

    Students who are transgender already have enough to cope with without having to deal with these types of laws.

    One middle school student I worked with refused to even use the restroom at school. “She” was beautiful with long blonde hair and had know since the age of six that she was not a boy no matter what the birth certificate said or what her genitals looked like. After many urinary tract infections which lead to the loss of one kidney her parents pulled her out of public school due to bullying and were forced to homeschool her.

    McCrory and other Republicans who passed this horrible law should meet some of these young kids.

    Perhaps they should investigate the cost and age requirements before any surgery can even be done which would allow the change of gender on the birth certificate.

    They should realize when beautiful transgender “boys” who look like “girls” are required to go in the “men’s” room that being beaten, raped and perhaps killed will be the outcome due to ignorance and prejudice that laws like this only encourage. And “men” with beards having to use the women’s restroom will mean there is no restroom available for them to use without the risk of the law being called.

    Shame on all your bigotry and ignorance.

  2. Wally OBrien

    March 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    My wife and I are going to retire and move within maybe two years.

    Asheville was definitely a consideration.

    It’s bad enough that the people of NC are allowing discrimination in the state, but are also allowing the state to poison them.

    Wonder how many people would go along with these things if they were in their back yard?

  3. Douglas A Craig

    March 28, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    The New Yorker article is a satire piece written by Andy Borowitz. You should not include it as factual.

  4. Rob Schofield

    March 29, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Uh…Doug, if that isn’t obvious to anyone who reads the reference, they are probably beyond help.

  5. Judy Beebe

    March 29, 2016 at 9:17 am

    McCrory and his cronies are corrupt to the core. I hope the people of North Carolina give him a good swift kick out of the Governor’s Mansion this fall.

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