Triad Weighs In On NY Times Article About NC

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NEW YORK -- When it comes to restaurants and movies, a review can make or break their success. 

Well, someone's written a bad review about our state, and some say that's bad news for North Carolina. 

The New York Times editorial called "The Decline of North Carolina," criticizes how our state cut federal unemployment benefits, cut education funding, and the author doesn't like the idea of voter ID laws. They also mentioned police have arrested 700 people at the weekly "Moral Monday" protests.

Read More | "The Decline of NC" - Really? 

WFMY News 2's Patrick Wright talked to a few people today to see what they think about our state--not just the people in New York. And, he looked into how our personal biases might shape our mindset.

We showed the article to a few people around the Triad to see what they had to say, and they all had opinions. 

"I think the New York Times has the right to give it some coverage," said Chantae Cook, a 27-year-old who moved here from Los Angeles.

Jack Hobbs, a retired car dealership owner, said: "It's not biased, but I think it's something to make you think."

Others think it was just meant to start a conversation. 

"I think they're trying to get people to talk about it, which they succeeded," said Thomas Kollaja, a 21-year-old student at Appalachian State University.

The difference between opinions was whether the New York Times authors were right, but psychologist Nannette Funderburk says your view might depend on how the economy is treating you. 

"Those of us who are doing well...we might not see what all the hubub is about, but those who are can feel really powerless when you're struggling and fighting to be heard," she said." 

Still, some say we have to deal with the choices we've made. 

"I think that it takes a majority to vote these people into office and you kind of have to back up the decision you made during election time," said Kollaja. 

Click here to read the full New York Times article. 

WFMY News 2

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