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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


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
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