Editorials
    • A great record of service

      Marsha Johnson’s retirement — effective Monday — marks the end of a great public-service career. As Harnett County’s clerk of court, …

    • A proposal to kill jobs

      As someone who grew up in poverty and worked much of her career to help others out of it, I know the importance of having a good job with a good …

    • This bill would promote fraud

      The right to vote is one of the most sacred rights that we as citizens can exercise. We select the individuals who will lead us and the policies …

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Welcome to Object Lessons

Hello. I have been blessed to publish hundreds of times as a journalist for the Fayetteville Observer, write “Ready, Set, Go! A Year of Object Lessons (Baker Books 2003), write three columns …

Playing Whac-A-Mole with earmarks

We’ve all read about the crazy pork barrel spending that members of Congress sneak into various appropriations bills. Things like the $223 million “Bridge to Nowhere,” in Alaska, a …

Reparations don’t buy justice, dignity or freedom

The issue of reparations to Black Americans as payment for damage done as a result of years of legal slavery and subsequent discrimination is back on the table. The House Judiciary Committee just …

Keeping kids first

Our legislators were correct in forcing the issue to reopen our schools. Their legislation was an acknowledgement of what most have realized, namely that children staring at screens for long periods …

Urgency for volunteer firefighters reaches critical state 

In every age, wherever people have built communities, the danger of fire has loomed on the periphery. Calm summer evenings and quiet wintry nights have been spliced by …

Higher costs won’t help economy

RALEIGH — If you think the cost of living is too low, I bear good tidings. The Biden administration and its allies in Congress, regulatory agencies, and state governments across the country are …
Letters to the editor
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Politics not best interest of students

To the editor: I left my position as a Dunn public school teacher because the politics that were driving us were not in the best interests of our students. Remote teaching, for me, was a …
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RPM Act imperative to motorsports

To the editor: I respectfully request that Congress pass the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act. The bipartisan RPM Act protects the right to convert an automobile or motorcycle into a …
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No to government health care plans

To the editor: With the election now over, Americans are facing terrifying uncertainty in what the future holds for health care. This uncertainty will quickly turn to panic once President Biden …
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Help us help you

When we undertook our role as healthcare providers, we promised to protect our patients from harm and prevent disease where we could. We are committed to …
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Public works location needs change

To the editor: As a citizen who lives in the so-called “low income minority community” of east Dunn, I’m writing about the correction of a mistake made over 100 years ago. That …
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Surveys point to more talk on politics in schools

To the editor: I am a student at Triton High School sending a letter for a school civics project regarding incorporating more politics inside of the school system instead of somewhat hiding …
Sound off
Sound Off: Stop funding nonprofits with tax dollars EDITOR'S NOTE: We ask you to share your thoughts, opinions and comments via email at soundoff@mydailyrecord.com, text to soundoff@mydailyrecord.com, by snail mail at P.O. Box 1448, Dunn, NC 28335 or …
So much homework Why do teachers at Coats-Erwin school give so much homework? These students are under enough stress as it is now trying to do face-to-face and remote learning. They do not need to spend hours each …
Sound off for week ending Jan. 29 EDITOR’S NOTE:  One of a newspaper’s essential duties is to provide a platform for community members to have their say, share ideas, frustrations and joys. We offered that for many …
Rioters were anti-Trump, not pro-Trump On Jan. 6, 2021, our nation’s Capitol was attacked by a group of anti-Trump rioters led by one John Sullivan, who has been arrested by the FBI and charged with leading Antifa and BLM members in …
On the governor’s newest orders... North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared the state will stay in Phase 2 for three more weeks in the shadow of growing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on Wednesday. The “Safer At Home” phase of …
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