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Suicide Is NotCause Du Jour

The recent deaths of popular celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have turned a light onto a serious problem in society today — and one that is growing, in North Carolina and elsewhere. It … more

Tar Heel Editors Speak Out

... It is long past time for people, whether celebrity or ordinary citizen, to realize that free speech doesn’t come with a free pass nor the right to spew venomous words against others simply … more

State Lawbooks Need Pruning

Consider this modest proposal: Instead of adding pages to the Tar Heel State’s voluminous lawbooks, our elected representatives should be subtracting. University of North Carolina School of … more

Time To GetReal ID

People who get their Real ID driver’s licenses now probably will be glad they did. The extended deadline for obtaining this enhanced driver’s license that includes a federally approved ID is … more

Toward Reforming Our Prisons

Imagine legislation that was drafted with the help of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and, unsurprisingly, supported by President Trump himself. Imagine that this same bill is supported by such … more

Marginalizing The First Lady

Need more evidence that there are two Americas? Here: Left-wing hatred of Melania Trump is inversely proportional to flyover admiration for the first lady. In just the last month, Jimmy Kimmel mocked Mr. Trump’s Slovenian accent, CNN … more

Local School Leaders Made A Difference

There has been a lot of attention on teachers in the last week, with those who educate our children asking for what they deserve: Better pay, better benefits and, most importantly, more resources for their students. It makes me think of some of my … more

Republicans Aren’t Fated To Fade

RALEIGH — For years, Democrats have consoled themselves after losing elections in North Carolina or elsewhere by insisting that demographic trends were still moving inexorably in their direction — that because nonwhite voters are growing as a … more


The Seattle Head Tax Laura Hollis is off this week. The following column is by Veronique de Rugy: The tyranny of local government was on full display last week. The culprits were some greedy members of the Seattle City Council. Backed by their … more

Sweepstakes Bill Makes N.C. Safer

The state legislature has reconvened, and the House should quickly take up HB 577, a bill that would largely shut down huge sweepstakes houses and heighten safety in our communities. The bill has already passed the N.C. Senate by a vote of … more

How I Got To Tell Your Stories

With Harnett and surrounding counties’ spring sports season wrapping up, I’m looking forward to having more time to be editorially creative in this space. Summers are slow for sports reporters. So — fingers crossed — I’ll be able to keep … more

Further Down A Slippery Slope

When the phone rings at 2 a.m. it’s a pretty safe bet there isn’t good news, as Bill found out that December in 1960. The agent on the other end said, “Dr. Friday, I need to see you right away.” No, it couldn’t wait until the next morning. … more
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