Your host today: Observer editorial page editor Taylor Batten. Our itinerary, as it is every weekday: We'll bring you roundup below of opinion we see locally, regionally and around the country. You'll see tomorrow's print editorials here as they're written, and we'll tell you at the end of each afternoon who we thought had a good day or bad day.
We hope you join us, too.
What are people talking about today?
As the Occupy movement evolves here and around the world, opinion about the protesters is maturing, too. Columnists are taking a closer look not only what Occupy is trying to accomplish, but what it says about us (including the non-Occupiers.)
The New York Times David Brooks says there is a thread that connects the protests of Occupy with the quieter restoration of American economic values. The Washington Post's Ann Applebaum says that the movement could accelerate the decline of democracy.
But there's another element of the protests that threatens to take over at least part of the discussion - examples of anti-Semitic bigotry at some of the protests.
Ben Smith of Politico noticed it, with the help of Israelis, as has the conservative Weekly Standard. Jennifer Rubin says today on washingtonpost.com that it should be condemned:
This does not mean all or even most of the OWS protesters are anti-Semitic, but the prominent liberal leaders who have shown sympathy for their cause have failed to speak out, as have the other elements within the group.Certainly, conservatives will continue to pounce on this fringe part of the protests, just as liberals did with allegations of racist language and signage at early tea party rallies. Each case is an unfortunate byproduct of public anger - that when you bring together people with shared beliefs, some will bring additional agendas to the party.
Closer to home
President Barack Obama visited North Carolina and Virginia yesterday to tout his jobs plan. The Observer's editorial board says that the U.S. needs actions, not campaigning from Obama, on jobs.
(Like the O, McClatchy's Steven Thomma wonders who should pay for the visit - the campaign or the taxpayers?)
Our letters to the editor include an explanation why Thom Tillis is callous and teachers are right to be wary about pay for performance.
In North Carolina
The Greensboro News & Record takes a guess at why the N.C. Board of Elections is a mess year after year. It's because lawmakers want it that way.
The Winston-Salem Journal says coughing will commence soon - the GOP is gutting pollution regulations.
One to chew on
From Time's Jeff Jarvis: Do we really need to protect children from the Internet?