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Budget Relies On Extra Taxes RALEIGH — What is a tax increase? Sounds like a simple question. But when politics intrudes, simple becomes complicated — or even convoluted. One possible definition is that a tax increase is when you pay … more

Remembering Dan Honeycutt

The community is still reeling from the tragic news that former Harnett County School Superintendent and Triton High School Principal Dan Honeycutt, 68, died following a tractor accident last week. “This county is worse off without Dan … more


For The Week Of May 18-24 . The nation’s first pay television system failed to make money and was suspended. Nearly 800 persons subscribed to the $4.95 a month entertainment known as telemovies, which began the previous September. But, … more

Crowded Prisons: We’ve Got To Try Something

Back in 1980 the United States had about half a million people behind bars. By 2013 that number had mushroomed to over 2.2 million. Some might say, “Good, those folks belong in prison where they can’t hurt us.” And many of them do. Some … more


Leery Of Lottery They’re telling on the news that the teachers are going to stay out of school so they can lobby the lawmakers. Well, why don’t they consider lobbying the lottery officials because that’s where the lottery money has been … more

Tar Heel Editors Speak Out

The president’s decision provides a new opportunity for America to alleviate the concerns of our allies in the Middle East by ending the experiment of appeasement and holding Iran accountable for its belligerence. The president is also reimposing … more


He Passes ‘Israel Test’ I was privileged to attend the dedication of the new American embassy in Jerusalem on Monday — an event of enormous import that will remain with me forever. I am deeply grateful to Ambassador David Friedman … more

To Our Print Readers

If you are currently reading our print edition you are holding something in your hand that is quite valuable. Newsprint. If a certain newsprint mill in Washington state has its way, community newspapers like this one will pay much more for the … more

Casino Coin Fishing

This past weekend was a weekend my family will surely never forget. We had the privilege of watching my daughter Christina graduate from college, which is undoubtedly one of my proudest moments of all time. We got to spend some time with … more

America Did The Right Thing

“What a glorious day,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told the crowd at the opening of the new U.S. embassy building in Jerusalem. Mr. Netanyahu pointed out the historical significance of the day saying, “Over a century ago, … more

Summertime Is Upon Us, Joyous Days Await

Don’t look now, but summer will soon be upon us. Yes, the days of sunny skies, warm breezes and cool drinks will soon be the norm. In my 58 years I have come to learn one important thing — there is no such thing as a perfect summer. … more

The Politics Of Cultural Appropriation

The impossibly fickle, selective and whimsical rules of cultural appropriation are hard to keep straight. According to the white people who run the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, eating tacos, drinking tequila and wearing sombreros on … more
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