In NC primary voting starts on Tuesday, May 6th. In trying to decide whom to send to Congress what is noticeable is the absence of a matrix of issues and where each candidate stands in relation to these topical local concerns.
It was some famous politician who said that all politics is local. How true that is in North Carolina where teacher salaries have plummeted to a very sad low base and where graduate degrees do not play a role.
Personally, I do not have an issue having extra teachers, rather than Police Officers who do not advance the potential of the young.
If cuts need to be made then cut the police force. Americans have common sense in regards to policing themselves. For those who pursue a life of crime, there could be strategies and tactical approaches which do not require a paid force of police officers.
Damaging the education of the young is catastrophic when the world has become a village. How is the youngster of 2030 going to compete against the better educated rest of the world when cuts are made to education budgets?
The value of a matrix, showing very clearly where each candidate stands in relation to education budget reform, would be a great assist.