December 10, 2017

Nearly 9 million children across the country are in danger of losing their health insurance unless Congress moves to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The joint federal and state program, which provides health insurance to children and pregnant women whose families have…

December 03, 2017

The participation of Patillo Middle School and Stocks Elementary School in a new pilot program to assist children experiencing trauma in their lives promises to pay dividends to all who participate.

Teachers, administrators and staff  at the schools are working with the NC Resilience and…

November 26, 2017

For weeks now, a series of powerful and prominent men have been accused of inappropriate behavior, sexual harassment or assault. 

From Harvey Weinstein to Charlie Rose, the worlds of business, entertainment, politics and sports have been rocked by tales of alleged inappropriate behavior, with…

November 23, 2017

In a year of perpetual uncertainty about jobs, retirement and the future of the country, Thanksgiving might seem a tough meal for cynics to swallow. But pass the gravy to them anyway. They need the holiday even more than the rest of us.

The problems of the world don’t take a break for a mark…

November 19, 2017

The pending retirement of Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore presents several opportunities for city leaders to turn the corner toward credible reporting, open communication and fruitful partnerships with other law enforcement agencies.

We wish the chief well in retirement, but his tenure with…

November 12, 2017

Reports that CSX is considering scrapping plans to build its more than $270-million Carolina Connector intermodal terminal in Rocky Mount certainly sent shock waves throughout the community.

The announcement of the project was viewed as a potential game-changer for the economic fortunes of the Twin…

November 11, 2017

We as Americans have much for which to be proud and grateful.

But many of the liberties and privileges we enjoy came with a price.

It’s important, especially as we observe the federal holiday for Veterans Day, that we remember and honor the sacrifices of the men and women who have worked to…

November 05, 2017

When it comes to North Carolina’s court system, Republican state lawmakers certainly have no shortage of bad ideas.

Earlier this year, lawmakers passed bills making District Court and Superior Court races officially partisan elections again, making North Carolina the first state in…

October 29, 2017

A single vote certainly does matter — especially when it comes to local election races.

That’s the finding of a recent statewide study by the nonpartisan voting rights group Democracy North Carolina, one that is backed up local elections officials in the Twin Counties.


October 22, 2017

It is indeed encouraging to see a bipartisan plan to resume federal reimbursement payments to health insurance companies appear to have strong support in the U.S. Senate.

The measure negotiated by U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D- Wash., has 12 Republican and 12…

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