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Children in North Carolina aren’t learning to read fast enough or well enough. The state has invested millions. Hands are wringing, and heads are hitting hard against the wall. “Success” … more
It was one of the deadliest years in the history of North Carolina’s prison system. Five prison employees were killed in two incidents at state prisons in 2017. Given the way our prisons were … more
It was Nixon who went to China. And now the forces for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina have their own unlikely champion. Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson, a conservative firebrand best … more
A bipartisan bill with strong support in the General Assembly would require that North Carolina public school students learn about the systematic genocide of millions of Jews and others during World … more
While North Carolina has become more accommodating to those outside the two-party paradigm, with the recent recognition of the Green and Constitution parties, third-party and unaffiliated voters are … more
If you care about safe water for all, you should be celebrating the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s decision to order Duke Energy to excavate coal ash from its power plant … more
Alumni of the University of North Carolina system are in a better position than most people to judge how good a job the system’s 16 schools are doing. That doesn’t mean others don’t have … more
It’s encouraging to learn that Andrew Craig Brunson, the evangelical Christian pastor originally from Black Mountain who has been jailed in Turkey on what seem to be trumped-up charges, has been … more
If you’re relieved that the bruising campaign for Wilson County’s state House seat is finally over, here’s a dark cloud for your silver lining: In less than two years, we’ll get to do this … more
A recently revealed report confirms the worst: that former U.S. Rep. Mel Watt “misused his position as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency by attempting to ‘coerce or induce’ a … more
Wilson County, your commissioners have heard you loud and clear. After a decade of delays, the Wilson County Board of Commissioners has committed to building a new public animal shelter to replace … more
THUMBS UP to North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger for appointing Sen. Rick Horner a co-chairman of the education committee for the General Assembly’s 2019-20 term. Horner, R-Nash, is a … more
The people of North Carolina need to answer two big questions: 1. Do we think that experiencing three major-flood-producing hurricanes in 20 years is a “new normal”? 2. If yes, based on … more
Just as election officials across North Carolina were celebrating finalization of this fall’s ballot, and finally turning their focus to preparing for the important Nov. 6 midterm election, the … more
The rains from Hurricane Florence have ended, and much of the flooding has receded. But the effects of this disaster, especially in the poverty-stricken eastern part of our state, will persist for … more
THUMBS UP to Wilson County District 7 school board candidate Rhyan Breen, who followed in the footsteps of Martin Luther by raising concerns about a misguided Fike High School fundraiser. On his … more
The Statue of Liberty holds her torch aloft, but it's the blindfolded, scale-hoisting Lady Justice who will soon be asked, "Got a light?" Steamed smokers sued the U.S. Department of Housing and … more
Legislators seeking to display their commitment to public education should look to Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed budget for a good starting point. Talk all they want about how much education … more
The most surprising thing about the toppling of “Silent Sam” on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus Monday night was that it took so long to happen. The statue of a Confederate soldier, standing with his … more
While the furor continued over the Confederate monument Silent Sam, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is quietly changing the plaques on its football stadium. Good for them. Kenan … more
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