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Make Facebook and Google pay for local news, just like you

If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets. But it may …
Tom Campbell

Saturday school? Early and late shifts? Virus could bring dramatic changes

Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect.  “I have no idea,” one said. “I’m exhausted just …
John Hood

North Carolina's go-slow reopening may be costly

RALEIGH — Over the first two months of the coronavirus crisis, our labor market cratered.  The number of employed North Carolinians dropped by 820,000, or 17%. Only 56.3% of …
Ken Ripley

Virus casts pall over an already somber holiday

Memorial Day in the middle of a pandemic was not the annual part-patriotic, part-summer opening holiday Americans have become accustomed to celebrating. There was no way it could be. The uncertain …
Donna Crowe

Give me that drive-up religion

Some of the most exciting meals I enjoyed as a kid were when my parents drove our car into a parking slot at a drive-thru restaurant. The waitress would come over, and we would order yummy items such …
Jan Mills

Grill was Spring Hope’s top teen hangout

I took a trip down memory lane for just a little while the other day as I drove past “the grill” in Spring Hope. Of course, it’s now known as the Country Inn, but from 1949 until the early …

Courts bless churches' bid for equality in COVID-19 restrictions

When small-business owners said it, authorities ignored them. When coronavirus skeptics said it, their fellow citizens scoffed. Now that federal judges are saying it, however, even governors are …
John Hood

Cooper isn't addressing urgent needs

RALEIGH — During the month of April alone, North Carolina lost 572,000 jobs, or 12.5% of the state’s total employment. That’s a higher rate of job loss than any of our neighbors …
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