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.
THE SEAT: LEE COUNTY SHERIFF; FOUR-YEAR TERM
The seat: N. C. House, District 51; two-year term for the district that covers three-fourths of Lee County and the western portion of Harnett County.
Editor’s note: this is the first in a series of editorials featuring The Herald’s endorsements for locally contested races in the Nov. 4 general election, based on a vote by The Herald’s editorial board after interviews with candidates, a review of the questionnaires they completed for the newspaper and their participation in our candidate forums.
THUMBS UP: A clear vision
If you took one thing away from the inaugural “Life in Lee County” event held Tuesday, it’s this: Sanford is poised for prosperity and is on the cusp of great things.
THUMBS UP: The candidates
Let’s face it. It’s an annoying time of year. Summer’s far back in our rear view mirror.
Fracking’s curious and circuitous journey from a once mysterious and distant notion about natural gas drilling to current Jekyll/Hyde incarnation as economic golden ticket/environmental catastrophe has created a lot of unanswered questions along the way.
THUMBS UP: Foreign exchange
The leaves are beginning to fall, signaling another change of season, and with fall’s colors come another kind of sign we’ll see throughout the next couple of months — those outside local pharmacies advertising flu shots.