Millions from Bill Gates for North Carolina Education: Good or Bad?

The big news today was that Bill Gates decided to aid an initiative in North Carolina to create new small high schools dedicated to more intense education to the tune of $10.4 million (one of many articles here). The gift was in addition to an $11 million gift in 2003. I love the idea, and the Gates have definitely done good with the $1 billion in total donations to education they have made through their foundation. But I see this development as a little troubling.

If we are going to rely on donations of private individuals to continue providing quality education, there may be a compromise of the integrity of the content. Also, it is a fundamental belief of mine that there are certain services whose burden should be shared by everyone through our government; since the quality of our education system has a bearing on the quality of life for everyone in the country, I believe that education should be something that we all pay for. Another way to look at it is that the education system is so important that all citizens should have a stake in it.

Sue Myrick Rules Out Run for Governor in '08

Sue Myrick has made an announcement to go ahead and quell the rumors that have been swirling about her possible run for Governor in 2008. Wow! That sure was out of the blue.

I'm thinking someone got some really stinky poll numbers back and thinks it might be because voters are writing her off for the other job.

The Charlotte Observer has the story.

Heath Shuler Ahead of Charles Taylor in NC-11 Poll

(This has been in the news for a little while now, but I wanted to keep attention on it and encourage folks to support Heath Shuler with their money or time)

Cross Posted from Scrutiny Hooligans

Since his first Congressional victory back in 1990, Charles Taylor has never trailed in a poll or in an election. That streak just ended.

VA Update

Latest Information on Veterans Affairs Data Security .I felt we should keep the updates on the site just in case someone needs help.Dan

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently learned that an employee, a data analyst, took home electronic data from the VA, which he was not authorized to do. This behavior was in violation of VA policies.

This data contained identifying information including names, social security numbers, and dates of birth for up to 26.5 million veterans and some spouses, as well as some disability ratings. Importantly, the affected data did not include any of VA's electronic health records nor any financial information. The employee's home was burglarized and this data was stolen. The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

I want to know what your thoughts are on this!

Last night I went thru the US House & Senate Veterans Affairs Committie Sites. I do this 3-4 times a week! From NC, We have G.K. Butterfield,Robin Hayes, Walt Jones & Mike McIntyre serving on committiee. And of course you know of LizzyBeth Dole & Burr are in the Senate.Chuckie Taylor in Congress.

NOW!, My question to you is this! Should a person serving in goverment at that level, be allowed to Serve on Veterans & Military Committies if they are NON-VETERANS?

I want to see how all of you feel about this so that is why I am asking for your comments. SHOULD A PERSON,A NON-VET, BE ALLOWED TO MAKE THE VERY IMPORTANT DECISIONS THAT AFFECT OUR VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY? Better Yet, CAN A PERSON ,WHOSE ONLY EXPOUSURE TO THE ACT OF WAR AND VETERANS PROBLEMS HAS BEEN THRU WATCHING THE TV REALLY BE OBJECTIVE TOWARDS THESE DECISIONS THAT AFFECT MILLIONS?

What Goes on the Front Page is Now Up to You

Sadly and wonderfully, traffic on this site has gotten beyond the admins' ability to read every word of it all of the time. That's why we're enlisting your help, and giving you some control over what appears on the BlueNC front page. Starting today, if you're logged in, you'll notice a "Vote" button at the bottom of each new post and a drop-down box that contains the single option "Recommend to Front Page." When you click "Vote," your recommendation will be added; when the post gets enough recommendations, it will be promoted to the front page.

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