Here are the 10 most-read opin­ion ar­ti­cles from Novem­ber

The News & Observer - - Opinion - BY JOHN DRESCHER [email protected]­sob­

Here were the 10 mostread opin­ion ar­ti­cles pub­lished in Novem­ber on new­sob­, in order of the most read­er­ship:

1. “I was ha­rassed at a res­tau­rant. Now I know how Sarah Huck­abee San­ders feels,” by Celia Riven­bark. “A few days ago, I was pub­licly heck­led in a res­tau­rant for my po­lit­i­cal views....I was sit­ting in a lo­cal dive bar, dig­ging into a buf­falo chicken sand­wich with crin­kle fries (my new friends would call these Free­dom Fries) and watch­ing the UNC foot­ball game on TV when my very first pub­lic heck­ler ap­proached.”

2. “NC hunt­ing and fish­ing amend­ment is a ploy, not a pro­tec­tion,” by The N&O Ed­i­to­rial Board. “There’s no threat to the right to hunt and fish and har­vest wildlife in North Carolina....There is, how­ever, a threat to the qual­ity of hunt­ing and fish­ing. The same Re­pub­li­can-con­trolled leg­is­la­ture that is push­ing this bal­lot­dress­ing amend­ment has worked against what makes for good hunt­ing and fish­ing — broad tracts or pre­served wilder­ness and clean wa­ter in streams and rivers.”

3. “I watched a polling site in Raleigh. It’s too hard to vote,” by Anne Gor­don. “Sev­eral peo­ple walked away an­gry, and said they could not or would not vote, ei­ther be­cause they had al­ready used up their breaks from work, or be­cause trans­porta­tion re­stric­tions made it too dif­fi­cult. Ev­ery­one who walked out with­out vot­ing was frus­trated.”

4. “Can the vic­tims’ right amend­ment de­liver what it prom­ises?” by The N&O Ed­i­to­rial Board. “The next leg­is­la­ture should do the hard work of fig­ur­ing out how to put in place the re­quire­ments in the amend­ment and then pro­vide the fund­ing to do so. If they’re se­ri­ous about vic­tims’ rights, leg­is­la­tors should stop preen­ing and strut­ting, get to work and pro­vide money to in­form and no­tify crime vic­tims.”

5. “Michelle Obama’s mem­oir re­minds me of the joy brought by adop­tion,” by Mark An­thony Neal. “The rev­e­la­tion brought back mem­o­ries of the strug­gles and dis­ap­point­ments my wife and I en­dured 20 year ago, when IVF seemed our only op­tion to start a fam­ily. We know very well the frus­tra­tions and self-doubt that the Oba­mas must have felt.”

6. “We all served as NC gov­er­nor. And we op­pose this power grab,” by the five for­mer liv­ing N.C. gov­er­nors. “Un­able to get their way by pass­ing laws, leg­is­la­tors now seek to change the N.C. Con­sti­tu­tion to let the Gen­eral Assem­bly con­trol all names put for­ward to fill va­can­cies in the courts, and take con­trol over the state board that over­sees elec­tions and gov­ern­ment ethics — ap­point­ment pow­ers that are granted to the gov­er­nor by the state con­sti­tu­tion.”

7. “What you are re­ally be­ing asked in the NC amend­ment ques­tions,” by Colin Camp­bell. “There’s a lot of bad in­for­ma­tion go­ing around about the six con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments on this year’s bal­lot. The ques­tions on your bal­lot were writ­ten by leg­is­la­tors who want them to sound as en­tic­ing as pos­si­ble. They’re like the ads for $99 plane tick­ets that fail to men­tion bag­gage and other add-on fees.”

8. “Mar­garet Spellings’ de­par­ture from UNC is bad — very bad,” by Stephen Leonard. “Spellings – like all of her pre­de­ces­sors – has done yeo­man’s ser­vice pro­tect­ing the pub­lic’s in­ter­est in ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence from the par­ti­san ex­cesses, au­to­cratic pro­cliv­i­ties, stun­ning ig­no­rance, and straight-up stu­pid­ity of the N.C. Gen­eral Assem­bly and their syco­phants on the UNC Board of Gov­er­nors.”

9. “How the GOP ger­ry­man­der blocked the blue wave in NC,” by Thomas Wolf and Pe­ter Miller. “With this sci­en­tific slic­ing and dic­ing of vot­ers, it didn’t mat­ter if Democrats got 30 per­cent of the statewide vote or 50 per­cent, as they did this year. In fact, Democrats didn’t stand a chance of pick­ing up a fourth seat un­less they could net 52.5 per­cent of the statewide vote.”

10. “NC Repub­li­cans should stop with the Machi­avelli thing. Just be fair,” by The N&O Ed­i­to­rial Board. “Machi­avelli urged a style of cun­ning po­lit­i­cal ma­nip­u­la­tion that’s been em­braced by Se­nate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore....Berger and Moore can’t re­sist rig­ging the rules of the game to what they think will be Repub­li­cans’ ad­van­tage.”

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