Opinion

Feb. 13, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

LETTER: Insurer should look at big picture

To the Editor:

Insurance companies run the medical field was proven to me again today. I have been attending Silver Sneakers (an excercise program for older adults), in Sanford.


Feb. 13, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

LETTER: Humans didn't cause global warming

To the Editor:

I have watched UNCTV/PBS since it began on channel 4.  These are facts I learned.


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. 12, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

LETTER: Release of grades should be welcomed

To the Editor:

Taxpayers should demand a refund from the Lee County Board of Education. We have been paying for a grade A system, while receiving nearly all Cs and Ds.


Feb. 12, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

LETTER: Single grade doesn’t do schools justice

To the Editor:

Recently, North Carolina schools were assigned a letter grade representing the “quality” of each school.


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. 11, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

LETTER: Labeling is not disabling

To the Editor:

Reportedly, assigning our public schools a letter grade was not to shame them. But you can’t wear a grade of F, D, C or even B without it wearing on your pride and spirit.


Feb. 11, 2015 @ 04:57 AM

LETTER: A better means to measure success of schools

To the Editor:

Given the formula as dictated by the North Carolina General Assembly for determining letter grades for each school in the state


Feb. 08, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Thumbs up and down

Thumbs down

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


Feb. 08, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

The sickly sweet smell of success

As I stood in the kitchen after work trying to make my way to the living room, I was again bombarded by pleas from my 9-year-old daughter, Trinity, and 12-year-old son, Ethan, for money to buy things deemed critical to their young lives


Feb. 08, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

LETTER: Don’t trust climate science

To the Editor:

This is in repsonese to “History will judge leaders who ignore climate change” by Jay Calendine published Wednesday, Feb. 4


Feb. 08, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

LETTER: Commitment trumps grading schools

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter in response to the state report card that has given our schools a grade of A, B, C, D or F.


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

LETTER: Commissioners actions not trivial

To the Editor:

It is regrettable that you chose to trivialize the actions of the Lee County Board of Commissioners as they passed resolutions opposing fracking in Lee County and the Mining and Energy Commission regulations that pretend to regulate fracking in North Carolina.


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. 06, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

LETTER: A matter of faith opposed to religion

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to Robert Watson’s letter of Feb. 1 and to that of Pat Cronmiller’s on Jan. 29.


Feb. 06, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

LETTER: No right to judge

To the Editor:

I read this letter (from Pat Gronmiller, published Feb. 3) twice just to make sure I got what this woman was saying about abortion and pro-choice.


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. 05, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

LETTER: School report cards a deliberate attack

The state is planning to release school report cards on Thursday and continue what seems to be a very deliberate attack on students, teachers, and administrators.


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. 04, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

LETTER: History will judge leaders who ignore climate change

To the Editor:

Climate change is in the news right now, less as predictions for future conditions as descriptions of what is happening now.


Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Thumbs up and down

THUMBS UP: Obama’s 529 reversal


Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Being reminded of the ‘see and be seen’ mantra

My phone buzzed at just before 8:30 this past Tuesday night with a text from a former co-worker, asking simply: “Are you OK?”


Feb. 01, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

LETTER: Are we still a Christian nation?

To the Editor:

Irene Smith’s rebuttal (published in the Friday edition of The Herald) to Kenneth Smith’s letter is the supplement of two widely-held views in our country today by


Feb. 01, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

LETTER: Solutions to the latest ‘gates’

To the Editor:

Ash gate, the mountains of coal ash in ponds waiting to cause trouble.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

LETTER: Citizens can’t choose which laws to obey

To the Editor:

You know the letter to the editor is going to be a controversial when the heading “people with misguided beliefs shouldn’t hold elected office.”