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July 26, 2016 - 39 minutes ago

For all the bad news we’ve read lately about the increase of opioid abuse in North Carolina and in the nation at large, we’re pleased to see leaders looking for innovative ways to tackle the problem, rather than falling back on the old “throw ’em all in jail” solution.…

July 26, 2016 - 39 minutes ago

Turkey is a long way from Cleveland, where the Republicans held their presidential convention. But I’d urge you to study the recent failed military coup against Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. America is not Turkey – but in terms of personality and political strategy,…

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July 26, 2016 - 39 minutes ago

I am calling concerning the shots that my taxpayer dollars are buying to supply to the police officers and the emergency responders for drug addicts who have overdosed.

I am furious about it.

These drug addicts have held people up, robbed people, committed home invasions, taken people to ATMs to…

July 25, 2016

Once again, the Carolinas Gateway Partnership did what it has done so many times in the past. It announced that CSX is coming to town.

As we all now know, this world-class intermodal facility is just what we needed. The Partnership, over the years, has brought many fine companies to our area; but…

July 25, 2016

I am surprised why any patriotic American regardless of their party affiliation would vote for Hillary Clinton when she has been so negligent with classified information as Secretary of State.

Why would any person want her as president of the United States?

July 24, 2016

The NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte has done nothing to make Gov. Pat McCrory or Republican legislative leaders rethink their steadfast support of House Bill 2.

McCrory blasted the “sports and entertainment elite” and the “liberal media,”…

July 24, 2016

Do you want to know why the Left has tried to make North Carolina politics into an “all HB 2, all the time” zone? Here are some reasons:

Since mid-2013, when Gov. Pat McCrory’s first budgets and other policy priorities were enacted, North Carolina’s gross domestic product…

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July 24, 2016

I would like to make a comment in regards to a recent Speak Up.

I would like to know where the person who seems to believe the North Carolina budget will allow for teachers to receive a $4,000 to $5,000 raise, where have they read that, heard that or if they have just assumed this?

I don't know a…

July 24, 2016

It is truly unfortunate that Rocky Mount has now become a politically unsafe environment where freedom of expression in your own yard, on your own property is violated.

A comment in the paper by a woman about the stolen signs in Mr. Cary's yard and I quote “She said she didn't understand why…

July 23, 2016

Frustrated, defeated and over it.

Those words sum up the feelings of N.C. Rep. Nathan Baskerville, a Henderson Democrat, as he finishes his second, two-year term in the N.C. House.

He is not running for re-election.

Baskerville spoke matter-of-factly in a lengthy interview on Domecast, the News…

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