Opinion: Editorials

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

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THUMBS DOWN: EPA’s decision


Dec. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Progress doesn’t follow party lines

While the Sanford City Council debates whether to ask the N.C. Legislature to repeal the law that made Sanford elections partisan, we suggest that members not “ask” lawmakers to rescind the rule, but demand it be abolished altogether.


Dec. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: We’re not lacking voices, we’re lacking reason

Can you honestly remember a period in your lifetime when society has been more divisive?


Dec. 14, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

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As we turn the page on the week that was – and it obviously wasn’t Lee County’s best week – there is something to look forward to, something in the “good” column that speaks and reflects well of this place we live.


Dec. 12, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Police have duty to protect, serve — and communicate

Sanford may be more than 800 miles from Ferguson, Mo., but on Wednesday night, it was too close for comfort.


Dec. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: New EPA rules might be too late for Sanford

The public outcry both locally and statewide regarding Duke Energy’s plan to move 8 million tons of coal ash to Lee County has been strong, decisive and is gaining momentum.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

EDITORIAL: The role of emotion and fair play in the Duke coal ash fight

People in Lee County who care about the environment, and are distressed over the idea of millions of tons of coal ash being transported and stored here, are in a quandary:


Dec. 07, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

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THUMBS UP: Autumnwood’s groundbreaking


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Fire reminds us not to take parks for granted

Sometimes you don't know what you've got until it's gone.


Dec. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Regardless of vote, commissioners lose on the issue of concealed carry

The new Democratic majority on the Lee County Board of Commissioners wasted no time this week in shattering all ties with its recent conservative past, designating the Constitution – and particularly the Second Amendment to the Constitution – to the waste bin.


Dec. 03, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Coal ash impact will have chilling effect on counties

On Monday, the public relations machine of Duke Energy started its daunting task of convincing local government, business and community leaders that the energy provider’s all-but-certain plan to transport and store 20 million tons of coal ash in Sanford and Moncure isn’t all bad.


Nov. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

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THUMBS UP: Putting Miller in the Hall


Nov. 29, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Nation must extract meaning from tragedy

The images are dramatic: irate figures silhouetted against even angrier-looking flames; tear gas rolling over an incensed crowd; a “Season's Greetings” sign juxtaposed with a line of police in riot gear.


Nov. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: A harsh reality for many North Carolinians

At one time, not too long ago, Thanksgiving was set aside to be thankful for what we already had, not to think about what we needlessly want. Somehow the holiday has become an exploration in gluttony without guilt.


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

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THUMBS UP: Modern Woodmen philanthropy


Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

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THUMBS UP: Repelling the invasion


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Politicians could learn much from Claire, Cobey

Hundreds of thousands of dollars funneled their way through this year’s midterm elections. Looking back, it’s certain that a good share of that was spent on attack ads.


Nov. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Saluting veterans

While the rest of us freely exercise our First Amendment rights, and enjoy the other freedoms and privileges that come with being American citizens, some defend our nation’s values and ideals with their lives.


Nov. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

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THUMBS UP: Edwards’ HOC award


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Surge in early voting bodes well


Nov. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Recap of election endorsements

The seat: N. C. House, District 54

The candidates: Democrat Robert Reives II of Sanford and Republican Andy Wilkie of Goldston


Nov. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

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THUMBS DOWN: Political attacks at new low


Oct. 31, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CCCC bond measures

The issue: Four bond measures for Central Carolina Community College, totaling $23 million


Oct. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Lee County Board of Commissioners

The seats: Four district seats on the Lee County Board of Commissioners; four-year terms.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Lee County Board of Education

The seat: Lee County Board of Education; four-year term. There are six candidates for three at-large seats. Board members Linda Smith and John Bonardi are not seeking re-election; incumbent Mark Akinosho is seeking a second term.