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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


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
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