Opinion (380)

Monday, 02 September 2019 16:14

COLUMN: Progress needed on N.C. road safety

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The latest ratings of highway systems are out — and for North Carolina, the news is mixed. In general cost-effectiveness, our state’s roads and bridges rank a bit better than average. We fare well on some measures. But when it comes to the safety of rural roads, North Carolina comes in next-to-last.

Happy Labor Day and congratulations! If you are reading this, chances are you are one of the millions of Americans living in one of 27 Right to Work states. You wouldn’t guess it from Right to Work opponents’ unsupported claims, but Right to Work laws are simple and straightforward, not to mention popular.

Friday, 30 August 2019 15:33

COLUMN: Super supermarket short on service

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There was a time when I enjoyed grocery shopping. My wife and I always went together and we always had a good time. I know that sounds weird, but we did in fact have a good time at the grocery store.  I mean, it wasn't like nightclub on the Vegas strip exciting, but we always managed to have a little fun. 

On Aug. 15, Wisconsin's Department of Health Services announced "a cluster of people with severe lung disease who all reported recent vaping or dabbing (vaping marijuana oils, extracts, or concentrates)."  CNN reports more than 120 similar cases nationwide based on a survey of state health departments.

The Ku Klux Klan came to Hillsborough on Saturday. They were a pathetic looking crew wearing their robes and waving flags. They made a point of showing their political allegiance with a banner that prominently read, “Make America Great Again.”

Monday, 26 August 2019 12:08

COLUMN: Piecemeal budget can resolve impasse

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Gov. Roy Cooper insists that Medicaid expansion be part of North Carolina’s budget deal for 2019-20. Republican leaders of the legislature disagree. That’s the main reason why state government has been operating at last year’s spending levels since July 1. It’s the main reason the General Assembly is still in session as we approach the month of September.

When school begins on Monday, bus drivers will have their routes, students will have their class schedules and coaches will have their fall sports rosters — but teachers still won’t know how much they’ll be paid. 

I was reading one of the big news websites this morning and came across an article about what the latest goofy thing the city of San Francisco is doing. Keep in mind, this is the city that all but gave an invitation to people to use the city sidewalks as a restroom. 

Thursday, 22 August 2019 18:08

COLUMN: Curbing the opioid epidemic

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A unfortunate trend has been developing in our region. For the second July in a row, Stanly County emergency rooms have seen the highest rate of opioid overdoses of all 100 North Carolina counties.

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