Opinion: Editorials

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.


Jan. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Coty's news is most welcome

Coty Inc.’s history in Sanford is long and noteworthy. Back when Lee County was primarily an agricultural-based crossroads


Jan. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

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THUMBS UP: Bread Basket rescue


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: City should consider a pledge to Family Promise

What makes communities like Sanford special is their ability to come together for a worthwhile cause. In this case it was to support and rescue a local organization doing important work.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: In all fairness, ours is the absolute best

In these days of flash mobs, binge TV watching and exponential proliferation in the use of social media, who has the time or the interest for an antiquated, pedestrian tradition found primarily in aging farm communities?


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

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THUMBS DOWN: The low-income student shift


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Success of SLCPP’s campaign signals belief in new strategy

People believe in a wise investment.


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Strength in numbers

In the battle against coal ash, residents in Lee and Chatham counties are finding their collective voice in opposing Duke Energy’s plans to dump a combined 20 million tons of coal ash between the two counties.


Jan. 04, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

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Thumbs up: Keep up the good fight


Jan. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Pipeline of prosperity not all it seems

Dominion Resource’s recent decision to bypass Sanford with a natural gas pipeline is a blessing in disguise.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Project Safe Neighborhoods: Giving the worst offenders a chance to change their ways

We all want the bad guys off the streets.


Dec. 28, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

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THUMB UP: Dusty Phillips


Dec. 28, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

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THUMB UP: Dusty Phillips


Dec. 26, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Much more than a helping hand

It’s clear that Lee County has some of the most passionate nonprofits in the state.


Dec. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Guest editorial: Christmas entails many things, including freedom

Christmas carries a lot of different meanings for people. It wells up in each of us feelings of joy, sadness, hope, excitement, and a plethora of other thoughts and emotions.


Dec. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

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THUMBS DOWN: EPA’s decision