Fort Bragg NC Soldier Opens Fire On Police

Firefighters responding to a report of smoke at the Austin Creek Apartments at about 10 p.m. were unable to get inside and called police for backup. When police arrived, he man inside fired on them. – WRAL

This occurred in Favyetteville, NC, early Saturday morning.  Two police officers and the shooter were injured.  The soldier’s name has not been released.

I was talking to my father, retired infantry soldier, about soldiers that are deployed in a combat area.  These soldiers are placed under a great deal of stress.  The longer that they are deployed, the more stressed they are.  Their humanity can be broken down to the point that they are no longer able to tell right from wrong.  They simply react to their environment.

As a civilian, our first thoughts may be that this is a bad soldier.  A rotten apple.  After talking with my father, I realize that this is not the case.  This may be a case of a good man pushed beyond his breaking point.  He could have snapped, had a complete breakdown.  Soldiers that return from a war situation can suffer from PTSD, and require treatment. As this story develops over the next few days and weeks, I’m sure his state of mind will be investigated.

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Youngsville NC Cop Steals Lottery Tickets

Jeremy N. Montejano, 34, of Wake Forest, was charged with seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond.  WRAL.com

This Youngsville, NC police officer was caught cashing in stolen lottery tickets at various supermarkets.  I know times are tough, but really?  This one bad officer gives the brave men and women that serve in the law enforcement field a bad name.  I have a strong respect for police officers.  When one is caught breaking the law, it doesn’t shake my faith in the law enforcement community in general.  It simply reminds me that they are human.

Republicans Override Governor’s Veto of Senate Bill 727

The hot news of the morning is that the NC Senate met in the middle of the  night to override Governor Perdue’s veto of Senate Bill 727.  The bill is “An Act to Eliminate the Dues Checkoff Option for Active and Retired Public School Employees.”  It means that educators no longer have the option of deciding for themselves if they want to have their dues taken directly out of their paychecks.

When Governor Perdue vetoed the bill, she had this statement attached to her veto:

This bill is simply one more attack on teachers by the Republicans in the General Assembly.  The effect of Senate Bill 727 is to unfairly and arbitrarily single out one group given that State law allows a dues check off option for every other comparable association of employees.  It does so without even attempting to offer any rational basis why — which is not surprising because no rational basis exists.  In addition to being unfair, this bill is also illegal because it violates the rule under our State Constitution that similar groups must be treated similarly.

In short, the Republican leadership is punishing teachers because teachers had the “audacity” to publicly protest a budget that contains the most devastating cuts to education in our State’s history.  Teachers have rights, and I refuse to allow the General Assembly to take them away.

Therefore, I veto this bill.

The Republicans state that they acted legally in holding this middle of the night session, but Governor Perdue blasted them by saying:

“The Republicans in the General Assembly didn’t have the votes to get what they wanted legally. So, in the dark of the night, they engaged in an unprecedented, unconstitutional power grab,” Perdue wrote. “I am saddened for the people of North Carolina that the Republicans abused their power and chose this destructive path.”

Legal or illegal, it seems plain to me that this was a power struggle.  Whether or not it was the Republicans punishing the teachers, I don’t see any other reason why this middle of the night session would have been held.  They wanted to override Governor Perdue’s veto, and wanted to do it secretly, without giving anyone a chance to rally against them.  Is this really how we want our government to run?