Opinion: Editorials

Apr. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Maybe this effort to raise tax will work

Maybe the third time will be a charm.


Mar. 29, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

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Mar. 27, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: County had little choice but to make deal

While Duke Energy’s multi-million offer for coal ash storage has been hotly debated, it’s hard to argue that the Lee County Commissioners have been the proverbial rock in a hard place through this ordeal.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Commission needs to adopt open discussions

Last night Lee County commissioners voted 5-1 to accept up to $12 million from Duke Energy in exchange for dumping as much as 8 million tons of its coal ash within the county.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

GUEST EDITORIAL: Commissioners left powerless by legislature in fight against Duke Energy's coal ash

I normally stay out of political fights like this, but after Monday night, my position has to change.

If residents want to see who voted to place coal ash in Lee County, go to the North Carolina Legislature’s webpage and pull Senate Bill 729 from the 2014 session. Make sure you see who sponsored the bill. They are the ones who developed the plans to place coal ash in clay mine pits in North Carolina. Because Lee County is the clay/brick capital of North Carolina, the bill gave Duke the right to place coal ash in the county without approval of the local government.

Mar. 22, 2015 @ 05:00 AM



Mar. 20, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Making pets a priority

Ask people about their families, and you'll likely get a listing that includes a spouse, children, parents, siblings — and often pets.

Mar. 19, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Money isn’t the answer to coal ash dilemma

Did you see what Duke Energy just did?

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Let the games begin

March Madness.

It’s here.

As if we needed reminding?

Mar. 13, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Bullying has become a matter of life and death

With academic and social pressures looming large, school can be an imposing place for any student.

Mar. 12, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Sanford on the cusp of a retail renaissance

The economy, both locally and nationally, has had its share of twists and turns in recent years, but signals of a rebound are as common as the signs that spring is on its way.

Mar. 11, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Sanford lucky to have Dossenbach’s

"Luck is when opportunity meets with preparation.”

Mar. 06, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Group encompasses spirit of giving

It’s difficult to single out just one local organization whose good works have contributed to the betterment of our community, and say it’s “the best.”

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Take severe weather seriously

Recent weeks have proven to be a challenging time for Central Carolinians – and North Carolinians in general. Winter weather has had a major impact on our lives, with missed work for some and missed time in the classroom for students.

Mar. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

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An inspiration to us all

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 12:09 PM

EDITORIAL: Charlotte's non-discrimination plan sets a dangerous precedent

Charlotte is North Carolina’s banking and financial center and, as the state’s largest city, it has been a trend-setter in many areas. But the city’s council is moving down a dangerous path as it prepares to vote on a controversial non-discrimination ordinance.

Feb. 18, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Bad weather gives some rest, but our service providers keep us safe

When the governor, the weatherman, the emergency services folks and the sheriff tell folks to stay off the roads, most people will comply.

Feb. 12, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: More to the story for community libraries

iTunes, Amazon, Kindle, Nook, even eBay — the list is seemingly endless where readers can get their next fix of fiction online. And unfortunately, bricks-and-mortar libraries have, for some readers, become an afterthought.

Feb. 11, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The rare legacy of Coach Smith

The tributes that began to pour in — online and through social media, in newspapers and on broadcasts on television, and in personal stories shared face to face — after the announcement of Dean Smith’s death on Sunday morning provided an unforgettably moving testament to how much he meant to people who knew and admired him.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

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It's not the schools, it's the system

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: State’s new performance grade system gets an “I” — for incomplete

A perfunctory look at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's school performance grades, released Thursday, is disturbing, especially with almost 30 percent of the state's public schools receiving a grade of either “D” or “F.” In Lee County, there were no “F” grades, but five of 13 graded schools received a mark of “D.”

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: An airtight asset

It’s too early to determine the true impact of the new Central Carolina Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center that officially opened Tuesday.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Board’s vote was posturing and partisan, but necessary

You’ll have to forgive local environmentalists for any high-fiving taking place.

Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

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THUMBS UP: Obama’s 529 reversal

Jan. 29, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: A sound investment

Born in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Charity Tracker is now used in 814 cities throughout the United States. Since 2007, the online database has been used to track nearly 8 million assistance records totaling $230 million for 3 million cases.