THUMBS DOWN: EPA’s decision
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.
Can you honestly remember a period in your lifetime when society has been more divisive?
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.
Sanford may be more than 800 miles from Ferguson, Mo., but on Wednesday night, it was too close for comfort.
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.
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:
THUMBS UP: Autumnwood’s groundbreaking
Sometimes you don't know what you've got until it's gone.
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.
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.
THUMBS UP: Putting Miller in the Hall
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.
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.
THUMBS UP: Modern Woodmen philanthropy
THUMBS UP: Repelling the invasion
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.
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.
THUMBS UP: Edwards’ HOC award
The seat: N. C. House, District 54
The candidates: Democrat Robert Reives II of Sanford and Republican Andy Wilkie of Goldston
THUMBS DOWN: Political attacks at new low
The issue: Four bond measures for Central Carolina Community College, totaling $23 million
The seats: Four district seats on the Lee County Board of Commissioners; four-year terms.
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.