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Politics gets big black eye

I have said before this space is for enlightening, entertainment and edifying, my own personal three Es if you will. I don’t like to bring politics into the mix, but, what is going on in …

State economic recovery is sputtering

RALEIGH — According to the latest jobs report, North Carolina’s headline unemployment rate fell to 6.5% in August, down from 8.5% in July. Good news worth celebrating, …

Let’s outlaw crime

As most Americans already know, this past Saturday evening, two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were ambushed and shot while sitting in their patrol vehicle. One officer, a …

Cooper faces test on voter ID

RALEIGH — I have repeatedly criticized Roy Cooper’s troubling efforts to amass power in the governor’s office at the expense of other elected state leaders, local governments, and …

As usual, I will be glad when it’s all over

You can toss my name into the pile of those who will be glad when the many things which have nagged, slapped, drilled or hammered out lives has finally ended. There are many things I cannot wait …

North Carolina’s education dilemma

North Carolina is facing an education crisis. The dilemma is easily understood, but not so easy to resolve: How to educate students in a pandemic? We saw what happened when our universities …
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A parent’s perspective

After the first two days of school, I believe it is important for county leaders to hear a parent’s perspective of how things are so far...

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Request absentee ballots now To the editor: I served as director of elections for Harnett County during the 2012 Presidential Election. I am writing to encourage everyone to help the Board of …

Columnist presents circular argument

To the editor: In response to Walter Williams, (Editorial column, July 24) “Historical ignorance and Confederate generals.” He presented circular argument because the founding fathers called …
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Little touch-up would make things bearable

Little touch-up would make things bearable To the editor: I didn’t really know what color my hair was until the coronavirus. I was one of the first to go out and buy masks, gloves, hand …

Be safe and stay home

To the editor: I write this sitting in the living room of my mother’s house in Statesville some 170 miles away. I came here March 13 as mom lay dying in the hospital. By the time my family had …

Expansion needed for mental health care services

To the editor: As a registered nurse, I am writing to voice my concerns about the mental health care shortage in North Carolina as related to the coronavirus crises. With the coronavirus …
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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 …
Sounding off on the Republican National Convention's potential move North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took a no-nonsense, almost rigid stance when asked about recent comments from President Donald Trump threatening to move August’s Republican National Convention away …
Sound off During a news conference Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper did not provide definitive answers about whether North Carolina would enter Phase Two of his reopening plan this weekend. The state has been under a …
Sound off This weekend we will celebrate Memorial Day, a time to remember those who have died in defense of our liberties. Following is a list of area people who have made that sacrifice. Let’s always …
Sound off Sen. Phil Berger challenged Gov. Roy Cooper to give counties the discretion to reopen barber and beauty shops amid the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As of Wednesday 25 states, including …
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