Statewide Editorial Roundup for July 3-7

Once again I’ve gotta start this off with a quick apology — I took last week off mainly due to some end-of-session exhaustion and traveling to Wilmington for an early Fourth of July party. But I’m back in the game this week.

So here’s the deal: Each week I’ll highlight five editorials from across the state — avoiding anything in major metropolitan areas like Wake or Mecklenburg counties. The roundup might not have what most of us call “timely” editorials because some papers are weekly or don’t publish a daily editorial. I’ll try to keep them timely though. I’ll focus on hitting at least one paper from each of the state’s regions (or try to at least).

Why in the world am I doing this?: It’s simple — so many of us get wrapped up in our own little bubbles in Raleigh or Charlotte or where ever we are that we forget that there are cities and towns and villages in our own state that are battling some of the same issues we are. We often forget about the small towns, or we write-off their ideas as “Podunk” or “redneck.” We shouldn’t. It’s important to consume ideas and opinions from outside of your comfort zone. And this is what I’m attempting to do.

Here’s the rundown for July 3-7

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Statewide Editorial Roundup for June 19-23

And I’m a bit behind in posting this — chalk it up to a busy week. But that’s not gonna stop me from continuing what I started last week.

So here’s the deal: Each week I’ll highlight five editorials from across the state — avoiding anything in major metropolitan areas like Wake or Mecklenburg counties. The roundup might not have what most of us call “timely” editorials because some papers are weekly or don’t publish a daily editorial. I’ll try to keep them timely though. I’ll focus on hitting at least one paper from each of the state’s regions (or try to at least).

Why in the world am I doing this?: It’s simple — so many of us get wrapped up in our own little bubbles in Raleigh or Charlotte or where ever we are that we forget that there are cities and towns and villages in our own state that are battling some of the same issues we are. We often forget about the small towns, or we write-off their ideas as “Podunk” or “redneck.” We shouldn’t. It’s important to consume ideas and opinions from outside of your comfort zone. And this is what I’m attempting to do.

Here’s the rundown for June 19-23: 

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The New Ulm complex and why I need out.

When did the notion of summer vacation become so…monotonous? Probably about two weeks ago.

I remember the days of my younger self, when I was a little pre-teen, when summer vacation was a time for joyous celebrations – bonfires, pool parties, sleep overs and staying up past 10 p.m. Now, my summers are spent yearning to be more than just a 20-something lounging around my hometown. Sure, I have two jobs, but what good is two jobs when neither make me feel like I should stay in New Ulm? I love my internship, and I enjoy my waitressing gig, but I don’t feel satisfied while living in this town.

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Syria is way more important that a politician’s weiner.

I’ve been hearing a lot about Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D – New York) indiscretions in the news. Now, I understand why there are so many media outlets focusing on the story: Sex Scandals sell. Especially political scandals. What gets me though, is his lewd photos and sexting conversations are overpowering a more shocking and horrible story of what is happening in the nation of Syria.

According to CNN, children are allegedly being tortured and killed in Syria and peaceful protesters are being shot at from helicopters. How can a man’s sex-driven antics be overpowering tragedy and disgrace in another nation?

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