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Things that should remain public, private
While HB 774, which was sent to Gov. McCrory for action this week, and HB 792, which is scheduled for a third reading vote in the Senate on Monday, might appear to be somewhat related in that they bot ...



The rapid growth of home schools
The Carolina Journal this week reported that statewide, the number of children getting their education in home-based schools exceeded 100,000 during the previous academic year. The first year home sch ...



Celebrating the good in our community
We often use this space to discuss problems and issues that our community and the world beyond face. So sometimes we neglect pointing out those good things happening right in our own backyard – ...



Just follow the law on public records
There’s a better way for Gov. Pat McCrory to respond to public records requests. He could follow the law. A coalition of media organizations, not including the News & Record, filed sui ...



Senate should approve bipartisan ABLE act
A bill being considered by the state legislature could be a fine example of how our representatives can get things done for the good of the people if they just work together. The Senate is schedule ...



Thanks for helping out a very special event
Thanks for helping out a very special event As I sat and watched the opening of the opening ceremonies of the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles on Saturday, I was reminded of how important the ...



A needless end to lucrative industry
The Republican-led legislature’s tax-reform experiment is having a detrimental effect on one prominent industry, as film and TV workers pack their bags and leave for more promising locations. We ...



Removing debate and unintended consequences
The State Legislature spent much of last week debating whether cities, counties, schools and universities can be trusted with hundreds of historical monuments and memorials that adorn public propertie ...



The long, winding road to an occupancy tax hike
Do you remember the story of the Little Red Hen from your childhood? The hen decided she wanted some bread. So she asks her fellow animals if they would help her sow a wheat crop in the garden, water ...



The debate on objects of remembrance
As of this writing, we don’t know whether Gov. Pat McCrory will sign, veto or just allow to become law Senate Bill 22, passed earlier this week by the House. And frankly, we’re just happy ...



Fast, furious, deadly and illegal
Back in the 19th century, the mighty Mississippi River teemed with big steam wheeler paddleboats. Sometimes when two boats going in the same direction were near each other, the captains or some other ...



Governor, counsel owe public a full accounting
Last week, after calls from our editorial board and those of the Charlotte and Raleigh newspapers, Gov. Pat McCrory pushed for the ouster of Paul Foley from the state Board of Elections over a conflic ...



'Where's the plan' on Medicaid dollars?
Demonstrations were staged in cities across North Carolina on Thursday, including Greenville, calling on Gov. Pat McCrory to produce a plan for accepting Medicaid expansion dollars. The governor shoul ...



Bonds test McCrory's political might
RALEIGH – The clock is ticking on Gov. Pat McCrory and his bond referendum idea. The first-term governor wants voters to decide this November whether the state should borrow billions of dolla ...



Bridging the digital divide
Barely three decades have passed since Time magazine declared 1982 the “year of the computer” and the magazine’s Otto Friedrich wrote that that year “a cascade of computers bee ...



State turning away movie industry jobs
A Grimsley High School graduate is crowdfunding a space opera set in the “Mad Men” era on Kickstarter. Lauren Oliver, 32, plans to film “T-minus,” the story of a fictional 1 ...



Elm City faces challenging decisions
Poised about halfway between Wilson and Rocky Mount, along the side of U.S. 301, Elm City should by all rights be a constantly growing community. There has been some population growth since the 2000 C ...



School bus safety is everyone's responsibility
According to the calendar the first day of the 2015-16 school year remains more than a month away. Summer vacation may be slipping by for students, but we’re sure most are not spending too much ...



Don't gamble with driver's ed
As the dog days of summer wear on, so does the saga of controversial efforts to cut state funding for driver’s education. The North Carolina Senate’s proposed budget would gamble on highwa ...



A commendable effort to curb bullying
When Teddy Roosevelt used the word “bully” he turned the word into an exclamation of congratulation or commendation. “Bully for you,” he would say with a big grin. It was somet ...



Lawmakers agree on law for veterans, tuition
North Carolina lawmakers don’t like to be forced to do things, especially by the federal government. They’ve resisted calls to expand Medicaid ... The legislature overrode Gov. Pat McCr ...



Three teams debate tax reform
RALEIGH — As the House and Senate negotiate the details of a new state budget, one of their biggest disagreements will be about taxes. Just to be clear: both chambers are led by conservatives ...



Debate shows support for free speech
The Confederate battle flag’s removal from the South Carolina Statehouse and chain-store shelves added urgent tones to a familiar conservative refrain: Political correctness is running amok. ...



Property ownership has rights - and responsibilities
Driving down Waverly Road in the Woodridge-Tanglewood neighborhood of Wilson, you’ll see a variety of homes – mostly two-story, mostly brick. Plenty of trees and well-groomed yards. It& ...



Assessing N.C.'s earlier primary date
While the presidential election is still 16 months away, much closer on the calendar is North Carolina’s presidential primary vote. In a bid to be closer to the front of the winnowing process th ...




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