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The “raise the age” movement has strong momentum in North Carolina. It’s about time. North Carolina would become either the 49th or 50th state to say that 16-year-olds no longer will be treated as adults in all criminal … more
An antiquated rule dating to the end of Prohibition was meant to guard against monopolies, but in the modern era of the craft beer boom, it stifles competition. Call it the law of unintended consequences. A pair of Charlotte breweries and the … more
We’re not sure what is causing us more despair — Sunday’s slaughter of 49 people in Orlando, or our belief that it is going to happen again and there is little we can/will do to stop it. The “can do” and … more
Amid the usual assortment of celebrity catchphrases and insipid inspirational quotes, one student opted to take a political stand. “Build that wall!” with attribution to President Donald Trump, was published as a female … more
It has been a very contentous year in politics and North Carolina has seen its fair share. We have seen punches thrown earlier this year at a Donald Trump rally in Fayetteville when an elderly supporter of the Republican presidential nominee got … more
The biggest stories heading into the Democratic National Convention this week should have been either Hillary Clinton tapping Sen. Tim Kaine as her choice for vice president or Sen. Bernie Sanders stepping onto the stage in Philadelphia and fully … more
Imagine if Dylann Roof had made a 911 call in the midst of senselessly shooting nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last year. And during this hypothetical call, Roof announced his allegiance to … more
State lawmakers met their self-imposed deadline to disperse before Independence Day, but they left some unfinished business in their wake. The elephant in the room is House Bill 2, which rewrites state nondiscrimination laws and limits restroom … more
What a terrible act. Authorities suspect arson in North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest, where more than 20 wildfires have burned more than 17,000 acres, The Associated Press reported last week. Several state parks, including New River, … more
North Carolina has an opportunity to preserve Civil War history, educate future generations on the nation’s bloodiest and costliest conflict and promote healing and understanding between the descendants of Confederate soldiers and the progeny … more
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