June 18, 2017

Leg­is­la­tion re­cently ap­proved by the N.C. House that would end the re­quire­ment for peo­ple to ob­tain a per­mit to carry a con­cealed weapon in North Carolina is a so­lu­tion to a prob­lem that doesn’t ex­ist.

The mea­sure…

June 14, 2017

The Rocky Mount City Council this week took a welcome step back ... and then stepped up to do the right thing.

The Council voted Monday in an official capacity to hire Steve Raper as interim city manager. That probably sounds a bit like deja vu to some readers. After all, the city announced in…

June 11, 2017

The ongoing squabbling between North Carolina’s Democratic governor and Republican-controlled General Assembly ratcheted up another notch last week over the most contentious of all partisan wranglings.

That’s right, the ugly specter of a political redistricting fight has been injected…

June 04, 2017

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­ci­sion last week to pull the United States out of the Paris ac­cord on cli­mate change is a reck­less and ill-con­ceived move that only will serve to weaken and en­dan­ger our coun­try.

His de­ci­sion…

June 01, 2017

The observance of Memorial Day has grown each year in encouraging ways. The ultimate sacrifice paid by men and women serving their country should make all of us pause and reflect on their service.

Yet, even as we remember the great costs of preserving freedom, another significant share of our…

May 28, 2017

Memorial Day is among the most sacred of holidays that we as Americans should commemorate.

For it is on this day that we pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of American military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms that we continue to enjoy today.

These brave men…

May 23, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday once again struck down North Carolina’s congressional district plan. The court’s ruling marks the fifth time it has had to ponder the fairness of District 12, in particular. One might think we’d learn something from that.

Here’s an important…

May 21, 2017

Wel­come leg­is­la­tion to au­tho­rize a $1.9 bil­lion bond is­sue for pub­lic schools is mak­ing its way through the N.C. Gen­eral Assem­bly.

The mea­sure, which would place a bond ref­er­en­dum on the November 2018 bal­lot,…

May 19, 2017

North Carolina law­mak­ers con­tinue to take wel­come steps in the ef­fort to re­vise ju­ve­nile jus­tice by “rais­ing the age” of adult of­fend­ers.

The N.C. House this week over­whelm­ingly voted for a bill that would try 16- and…

May 17, 2017

There's nothing politically partisan about the catastrophic impact Hurricane Matthew had on Eastern North Carolina.

More than 82,000 households have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help. Even today– more than six months after the storm – displaced families…

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