Should county government turn down grant money to help pay for family planning?
This has been a hot button issue in our area. On Monday, New Hanover County commissioners unanimously voted to turn down a $9,000 state grant that would help pay for family planning at the county health department.
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On Monday afternoon, commissioner Rick Catlin said people aren't using contraceptives responsibly. Commissioner Chairman Ted Davis said the money shouldn't help pay for those who are having premarital sex.
New Hanover County was one of nearly 60 counties across North Carolina to receive the one-time aid. The NHC health department was planning on using the funds for IUDs, which stands for intrauterine device. It's a form of birth control where a device is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
The story is getting national attention from Talking Points Memo, and it even cites WECT. Hundreds of people are sharing their opinions.
However, now it seems there's a little mess. Commissioner Jonathan Barfield (and the lone Democrat) is now saying he regrets his vote.
On Facebook, he wrote:
"I'm getting a good lesson from my wife right this minute on the error of my vote," he posted around 7:30 p.m. Monday.
He later posted around 8:15 p.m.: "I just interviewed with WECT as I cited the error of my vote. I don't have the right to choose for any woman. If you watch the tape of the meeting you'll get a better sense of the discussion. Bottom line we should have accepted the money."
Representative Susi Hamilton, also a Democrat, wrote on Facebook: "It sounds to me that Ted Davis and Rick Catlin think that women get pregnant all by themselves." She posted that statement around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Jon and I were discussing the issue, too, during our nightly live chat. We brought up the issue of the role of government and whether county leaders made a good decision in turning down grant money.
I thought it was pretty cool when my mail carrier rang my doorbell and dropped off some free products this morning.
It's the P&G Sampler. If you want one, click here. I am actually going to San Francisco in the morning and this will be so helpful. There are trial sizes of toothpaste, mouthwash and much more. I even got my favorite smelly-good stuff for my laundry (Downy Unstopables!)
I love samples. I keep them in a guest bathroom for people who forget to pack random things. And, I hate buying sample sizes just for traveling. Typically, I just forget about those little things until I get to my destination...so they're nice to have around.
If you want to get a lot of freebies like this, then you should follow I Got It Free With Coupons. Mare runs the page, and she is the most thorough person I know when it comes to getting freebies from the manufacturers.
There are a lot of special guests reading at areas schools today. I spent the morning with Suzanne Jalot from Z107.5 FM! She and I read two books at Sunset Park Elementary in partnership wtih the Junior League of Wilmington.
The purpose of Read Across America is to encourage kids to read more! Research shows that kids who read more tend to do better in school. We want kids to become lifelong readers.
I loved our group! The kids seemed to enjoy both the books Suzanne and I read. Plus, the Junior League donated a Shel Silverstein book to the class so they could read it later. (And, thanks for the hugs!) Those kids were really great.
By the way, it was such a great effort by the League-- it was so nice to see so many local leaders. Firefighters, actors, parents and more... and also, thanks to Front Street Brewery for donating some pretty rad brownie cakes. Too bad those aren't on the menu!
Well, it's nothing big, but if you're going to buy some cheese, do it March 2nd - 18th at Harris Teeter. Why? Well, if you buy 3, 4, or 5 Kraft cheese or dairy products, you'll get a $2, $3 or $4 coupon off a future shopping order.
I like this because some Kraft cheeses are already BOGO this week at HT (plus, there were some printable coupons a while back that will double.)
If you love cheese, go for it.