Posts Dated Archive: July 2013

Hungry children in North Carolina?!

Kudos to Gene Nichol for telling us what we need to hear Gene Nichol, JD, is the Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. Professor Nichol shared sobering facts about hunger in our state in a News & Observer commentary…. Read More

After Trayvon Martin

President spoke from the heart The President’s words were “That could have been me 35 years ago.” They were raw, honest, heartfelt and, sadly, probably true. What can we learn from Mr. Martin’s death and the President’s words? I’m not referring to the legal issues, because I am not the… Read More

Our media habits

Television beats the rest—really?! Gallup’s daily feeds usually provide interesting tidbits about the U.S. and the world. Yesterday’s report is sobering. Television is the main place Americans say they turn to for news about current events (55%), leading the Internet, at 21%. Nine percent say newspapers or other print publications… Read More

Big week at the Supreme Court

Forward and backward—It matters for public health The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law barring the federal government from recognizing state-legalized same-sex marriages, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday by a 5-4 vote. By declaring DOMA unconstitutional, the Court allowed marriages to continue among gay and lesbian individuals… Read More