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Income Equality Isn’t The Issue

By MARIAN L. TUPY Following the Great Recession of 2008, income inequality became a focal concern of those who feel the market economy has let them down. Later, President Barack Obama described income inequality as the “defining challenge of … more

Finding Our Rural Voice

“This county is my heart and soul. I am here because I chose to be here. I’ve made my home here, raised my family here, and I’m going to make every effort to stay.” We heard this inspiring quote on the last day of the Rural Center’s … more

In New Role, Peter Cannot Be ‘Hans’ Solo

The selection of Peter Hans to head our state’s Community College System was expected, especially after it became known that Gov. Roy Cooper, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger jointly wrote a letter to the selection … more


Judge By Value Added RALEIGH — Want to know why conservatives are more skeptical than progressives of the idea of government confiscating more of our money to throw at social programs? I’ve already given you the answer in my choice of … more

Something Is Clearly Working

Every day, network news anchors and metro newspapers try to paint a picture of a chaotic and dysfunctional White House. Every less-than-polished word to leave the president’s mouth is dutifully reported. The media want us to be alarmed that Donald … more

Tar Heel Editors Speak Out

Despite a flurry of official inquiries about violence inside the state’s prisons and vows by corrections leaders to improve workers’ safety, it appears little has changed. Since four Pasquotank Correctional Institution workers were killed in a … more


Bursting At The Seams If a school is built for 800 people but there are 1,200 students at that school with 15 mobile units, how can someone possibly think that school is slightly overcrowded? Harnett Central Middle School is bursting at the … more

A Tenacious Keeper Of The Public Purse

Most North Carolinians, if given a pop quiz, probably couldn’t name our state treasurer. But his is one of the most important jobs in state government. Dale Folwell manages the 26th largest pool of money in the world. His decisions affect … more


For The Week Of May 4-10 . Winn-Dixie food stores was advertising baking hens for 39 cents a pound, a halfgallon of Superbrand Ice Cream for 69 cents, two 14-ounce bottles of Hunts Tomato Catsup for 35 cents, a pound of Superbrand coffee … more

Remember When You Had To Do It Yourself?

Let me start this week with a question: Do you remember when you had to do things all for yourself? And I don’t mean change a light bulb or something like that. Instead, I mean, when was the last time you had to find a piece of information or … more

The Power Of Music

Classical Greek philosopher Plato — considered to be the founder of Western political philosophy — said aboutmusic: “Musicgivesasoulto the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Last weekend, I … more

Comic Wolf

Not So Funny Humor is a good and important thing. The ability to laugh at life, to laugh at oneself, shows faith, optimism and humility. Laughter in the face of adversity is a sign of a healthy spirit. In this sense, the annual White … more
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