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How long will North Carolina's recovery take?

I usually pepper my public presentations with some humor. After all, even I know economics can be a rather dull and dry subject. Injecting some jokes and laughter lightens the mood and makes me …
Joe Weaver
COMMENTARY

Comfort, refreshment await on the front porch

For years, my wife and I lived in apartments. We never had one with a balcony and thinking back, I don’t believe we ever had a patio.  I’m not sure if it was just dumb luck or the …
Josh Stein
OPINION

Addressing racial inequities in North Carolina's criminal justice system

Over the past several weeks, as we’ve mourned the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others, North Carolinians and people across our nation have been having critical, overdue …
The Rev. John A. Burns is shown in a family photograph provided by the author.
COMMENTARY

A Civil War love story

This is the story of John and Eliza.  It is a Civil War love story. It is also a story of war, death, disease and battle. But most of all, it is a story of the trials, triumphs and tribulations …
John Hood
OPINION

State shouldn't play favorites

RALEIGH — With hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians out of work and millions fearful about their futures, state and local policymakers are about to encounter a parade of companies, …
Tom Campbell
OPINION

North Carolinians are a recalcitrant people

The uncooperative attitudes some are currently exhibiting brings back memories of North Carolina’s history of recalcitrance.   In 1677, Culpeper’s rebellion unseated the governor …
Lawmakers, aides and members of the public and press begin filing into the North Carolina Senate chamber before new senators take the oath of office as the General Assembly opens its 2017 session.
SPECIAL COMMENTARY

Done in the dark, Senate Bill 168 should be undone in sunlight

Everyone from Ice Cube to Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone thinks state Senate Bill 168 is a bad idea. How apropos that the worst attack on state sunshine laws in recent memory came in the dark of …
Rob Tornoe cartoon
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On Independence Day, recall the founders' views of a free press

America’s founders regarded a free press as so vital to the new nation that they took care to include that right in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Founders spoke glowingly about …
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