Opinion: Editorials

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Government should not dictate what we eat, drink

Super-size sodas — larger than 16 ounces — may not be good for our health. The "Big Gulps" of the world contain copious amounts of sugar and calories,

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Lee Builder Mart has left its mark

Lee County and Lee Builder Mart grew together in the second half of the 20th century.

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Thumbs up and down

THUMBS UP: Council’s prayerful decision

Over the last few years, the debate over legislative prayer has changed the way many counties and municipalities start their meetings.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Don't be done in by the dog days of summer

Saturday may be the first official day of summer, but blistering temperatures have arrived ahead of the season. And with the thermometer consistently breaking 90 lately, this is likely just the beginning.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Lottery is not the answer — jobs are

Lee County's poverty rate is nearly 18 percent, which means that almost one in five households here have combined annual income falling below figures the federal government says put you in economic hardship — about $23,500 for a family of four or about $12,000 for an individual.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Personal safety is everyone's responsibility

The hot days of summer clearly have not deterred the criminal element from wreaking havoc for many in the area.

Jun. 15, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Thumbs up

THUMBS UP: Sanford’s Mellette
You’ll remember that former Southern Lee High School football star Aaron Mellette, who set all sorts of records during his collegiate career at Elon University, made the roster of pro football’s Baltimore Ravens last year.

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Lots to like about being 'well-centered'

Like many other communities across the country, Sanford is inhabited by people of all ilk – those who were born and raised within the city limits; those who grew up here, moved away and eventually made their way back; and those “newcomers” who moved here in their adult years.

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Championships are a big deal

It's been hot this week around here, and in Pinehurst, but if you've been down there to the U.S. Open and were lucky enough to step inside out of the sweltering heat indices, you got cool quickly; there's enough HVAC equipment on and around Pinehurst #2 to keep 1,300 homes comfortable in 90-degree heat.

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: House in the Horseshoe — history worth repeating

The home still bears the scars of The American Revolution, and each year, thousands gather on its grounds to watch a true-to-life recreation of a battle between loyalists and American militia.

Jun. 08, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Thumbs up for Commissioner Parks

For some Republicans, the idea of providing economic incentives for industry (known in their parlance as “corporate welfare”) falls somewhere between Satan worship and free health care for illegal immigrants on the list of things they abhor the most.

Jun. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The world has changed, but has China?

The 25th anniversary of the infamous events in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square is upon us, and watching China’s reaction to the occasion tells us that, in some ways, things haven’t changed in the Middle Kingdom.

Jun. 01, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

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THUMBS UP: Swimming safety

May. 31, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: With fracking passed, now comes the hard part

For better or worse, the process of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, has cleared both houses of the General Assembly. As of Friday, the bill was bound for Gov. Pat McCrory to be signed into law.

May. 30, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Accountability is key

Things tend to get messy, and emotions can get raw, when citizens and the government they support get entangled in legal action.

May. 25, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

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This Memorial Day weekend, people will be taking advantage of the holiday and traveling to and from various destinations.

May. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Forecast calls for quiet, but you can never tell

Remember hurricanes?

Most of us can recall with some vividness the horrors of the worst ones — Hugo in 1989

May. 22, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Cole’s legacy is her masterpiece

Neolia Cole is a treasure not only in our community, but also throughout the pottery world.

May. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Temple’s on a roll

In a 2009 interview for “Lee County Living” magazine, Temple Theatre’s Peggy Taphorn recounted her most dismal day.

May. 18, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Thumbs up

THUMBS UP: Caterpillar graduates

The Caterpillar youth apprenticeship program is a great program that provides the opportunity for our students to achieve academic credentials and real-world experience.

May. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Crank-Up brings us back to our roots

Many arts and ways of yesteryear have been consigned to history, but thanks to the foresight of some area residents, many of them have not been lost for good.

May. 15, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Teachers do us proud

“ … It is important to know who you teach, not what you teach.”

May. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Let’s ‘bark for our park’

During a recent meeting, the Sanford City Council heard that some projects made possible with municipal bonds were progressing ahead of schedule — several beating the projection by a year.

May. 11, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

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THUMBS UP: Mother’s Day

May. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Green, donors deserve praise

Marilyn Green has been a stalwart in pushing the best interests of The Helping Hand Clinic, which serves the medically uninsured of Lee County.