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Editorials

February 25, 2018

A raid last week on a gang-operated drug distribution house on Long Avenue in Rocky Mount is the latest result of a renewed focus on cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the area.

As reported by staff writer Lindell John Kay, deputies and officers with the Edgecombe County Sheriff's…

February 21, 2018

When someone advocates for action at the state level, they often urge constituents to contact their "local" state representative or senator to join the cause.

If you ask for that legislator in Rocky Mount, you might as well put a name on it – N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant.

For a dozen years,…

February 18, 2018

Once again, a madman has entered an American school with an automatic weapon and wrought carnage upon innocent victims.

And once again, politicians on one side of the gun control debate offer thoughts and prayers while solemnly intoning that the tragedy should not be exploited for political…

February 14, 2018

The raw numbers reported in a recent Telegram story were grim enough. Of 16 homicides investigated by Rocky Mount police in 2017, the victim in every single case was a black male. Eleven of the victims were 30 years old or younger. The youngest was 16.

Those are hardly the numbers any community…

February 12, 2018

While the flu season usually hits it peak in February, medical officials see no end in sight to this year’s season and urge people to continue to take precautions against it.

State Health officials announced Thursday there were 34 flu deaths in North Carolina last week. That marks the…

February 04, 2018

Gov. Roy Cooper certainly must have been drawing upon his Nash County roots last week in announcing a new initiative aimed to help spur economic development in the state’s rural counties.

The governor on Thursday outlined his plans for his new Hometown Strong program, an effort to help match…

January 31, 2018

Regardless of party affiliation, most of us probably can agree that the political landscape in Washington these days is ... well, different. Whether different means good or bad is up to the beholder. But D.C. aside, who could have imagined a year ago the changes in attitudes we have seen in…

January 28, 2018

A tepid sense of optimism began to grow last week over renewed prospects for immigration reform.

Meetings between a bipartisan group of about 30 senators last week in Washington highlighted the spirit of consensus that appears to be building among many members of that chamber that a compromise…

January 24, 2018

For years, North Carolina could do little more than watch from the sidelines when the courtship of giant automakers and other manufacturers grew intense. We were stymied by a lack of readily available incentive money, or a clumsy legislature too slow to compete, or both.

So our eyes opened like…

January 21, 2018

It is well beyond time to take redistricting out of the hands of state legislators.

The state legislative and congressional district boundaries first drawn in 2011 by Republican lawmakers and redrawn in 2016 after a successful court challenge remain under litigation today. And it is not beyond the…

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