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Violent reactions won't solve problems
Halfway across the country from us in Wilson sits a community engulfed not only figuratively in flames, but also literally. The announcement that the police officer who shot a young man earlier this y ...



Small business fuels our economy
This time of year we have all sorts of days with special names. Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday. Advent. Cyber Monday. Add to that list Small Business Saturday. It’s a nat ...



No need to panic over charter pay
Named for an scholar, scientist and Franciscan friar, Roger Bacon Academy acted less like its noble namesake and more like North Carolina’s own charter-school Chicken Little. The academy, an ...



There are no guarantees
One can imagine – humorously – Gen. George Custer saying to his 7th Cavalry just before the Battle of Little Bighorn, “See, I told you we didn’t need re-enforcements.” ...



Killer of youth must face stiff punishment
The gunshot death of a 13-year-old soccer player from Lewisville Friday night is a terrible and senseless loss. The loser who fired the shot in Raleigh, even if it was accidental, should be aggressive ...



So what really happened here?
During the last several years political debate over voting has been hotly raging. Integrity has been a watchword. However, with all the attention focused on the topic, it seems we still have flaws. ...



The debate on state jobs
Running out of money for economic development grants is good news for North Carolina. It means businesses are creating, or promising to create, jobs. On the other hand, not having money for econ ...



Beginning to feel a lot like a session
RALEIGH – It’s beginning to feel a lot like – um, Jones Street – on Jones Street. It’s still about two months before the mid-January start of the 2015-16 legislative s ...



'So broad and unclear'
We’ve often written here that drones can have positive uses in our state, but they must be carefully regulated. We’ve supported the work of legislative committees to do that. But now, w ...




They think we are stupid Jonathan Gruber, economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a principal author of Obamacare, (Affordable Care Act) has now called us American voters stupid ...



Explaining the Democrats' election performance
RALEIGH — Why did Democrats have a disappointing midterm election? Ask the Democrats. They’ve been thinking about this a lot and offer many explanations. Let’s explore their various ...



Worry more about being transparent
Wouldn’t it be nice if elected officials didn’t go on the defensive when something goes wrong? On the other side of the state recently the superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg S ...



Wouldn't it be nice if...
File today’s editorial under the category of “wouldn’t it be nice if...” We can all think of things in our own lives that we wish were different, that could make things easier ...



State highways have bumpy pavement ahead
The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends in weeks, was quiet and mostly damage-free. Good. But there are other perfect storms forming out there that pose a worrisome threat to our highways an ...



Thom Tillis could be a great senator
RALEIGH – Thom Tillis could be a great U.S. senator. I don’t write that because of his politics – this isn’t about that. I write it because of the person I perceive Tillis ...



Valuing teachers: It's time for state to get serious
During the campaign, while candidates were busy tossing around numbers about the N.C. school budget and claiming to be champions of education, more teachers were packing up and leaving the state ̵ ...



Thank you to our veterans
One year following the formal end of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson declared that Nov. 11, 1919, would be celebrated as Armistice Day. The U.S. would join with other victor nations to remember ...



Poll workers have a tough job
Congratulations to everyone for surviving yet another election year. Those who chose to vote had their say and once again after the ballots were tallied the sun rose the next morning. The world contin ...



Change in SAT requirements questioned
Some eyebrows may have been raised by plans for a pilot program at N.C. Central University and two other historically black campuses in the UNC system to admit students with SAT scores below the minim ...



What if all that money had gone to really help?
Just about three hours after Election Day ended and winners had long been declared here, violence once again reared its ugly head on Wilson’s streets. Byerly Drive on the city’s north s ...



Taking a swing and missing
RALEIGH — Months ago, as the 2014 election cycle was shaping up as a good one for Republicans, North Carolina Democrats resolved to buck the trend. They had a great deal of help — from a f ...



Avoid panic and misinformation to stop plague
A traveler recently returned to a rural North Carolina county after spending time in Liberia, a West African nation plagued by a severe Ebola outbreak this year. There were no signs of illness and ...




Congrats to Hill and both side’s clean campaign I want to congratulate Chris Hill on his win and wish him the best. It was nice to once again be involved in a clean campaign with no per ...



Government forfeiture plan goes too far
Civil asset forfeiture — in which police officers and federal agents seize people’s property without alleging any crime was committed — has proved very lucrative for government agenc ...



Exercise your right to vote today
Those who took advantage of early voting — and there are a bunch — can breathe easily today and not worry about rushing to the polls to get in those ballots. More people vote early every e ...




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