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Harvard University for naming an atheist as its new head chaplain.

A chaplain who doesn’t believe in God is about as useful as a butcher who doesn’t believe in meat.

 

THUMBS UP

Dunn council member April Gaulden for being included in the second class of the Champions Institute in support of the Active People, Healthy Nation initiative.

Ms. Gaulden was one of just 20 people in the country (and the only one from North Carolina) invited. The program helps local leaders figure out how to make their local streets safer for all users, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

 

THUMBS UP

Dunn Planning Director George Adler for heading up Walk Dunn, an effort to make the town more pedestrian friendly.

Residents will have another chance to share their thoughts during a public workshop beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Dunn Community Center, 205 Jackson Road.

 

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Gov. Roy Cooper for vetoing a bill that would protect the privacy rights of charitable donors.

In this age of “cancel culture,” donors are justifiably squeamish about their names appearing on a public list of donors to advocacy groups. Even the American Civil Liberties Union said the measure would have protected citizens’ right to speech and association through donations.

And the bill would not have changed the reporting requirements of political campaigns.

 

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UNC-Chapel Hill for offering a course called “Global Whiteness” which seems to blame the United States for the conflict with Japan during World War II.

The course overview justifies Japan’s aggression (Remember Pearl Harbor?) as the empire’s “attempt to roll back Euro-American colonialism.”

 

THUMBS UP

The Natomas Unified School District in California for taking steps to fire a high school teacher who was caught on video saying, “I have 180 days to turn them [his students] into revolutionaries.”

In the video, teacher Gabriel Gipe says, “I have an Antifa flag on my [classroom] wall and a student complained about that — he said it made him feel uncomfortable. Well, this [Antifa flag] is meant to make fascists feel uncomfortable, so if you feel uncomfortable, I don’t really know what to tell you. …”

 

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The Natomas Unified School District for failing to act on Mr. Gipe’s classroom activism until the conservative Project Veritas released the video, prompting outrage from parents.

School officials had to know this teacher was a bad egg. Parents complained during a school board meeting that he also displayed a poster of Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong on his classroom wall.

 

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Involved parents who get to know their kids’ teachers.

While most teachers are great – and underappreciated – parents still have a responsibility to know what their children are being taught.

 

THUMBS UP

The Communist Chinese government. Yes, a thumbs up. As horrible as that government is, it gets some things right.

Its General Administration of Press and Publication has done something that will help its young people grow up and compete with our young people.

That agency controls public speech, and we don’t want any such agency here. Then again, Google, Facebook and Twitter have assumed that role in our country.

But back to what the Chinese did. For people younger than 18, it has limited access to online video games to just three hours a week.

I’m only being partially serious in offering this thumbs up, as government should never control what citizens watch or how they spend their time. For children, that's the parents’ job.

But sadly — and I was also guilty with my kids — parents often do a lousy job of limiting video game time.

Contact Bart Adams at badams@mydailyrecord.com.

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