Opinion (751)

Dear Editor:

I am writing this letter to express my concern over the recent article referencing the investigation by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Veterinary Division of the Richmond County Animal Shelter. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all of our lives. But few in North Carolina can argue that they’ve taken as big a hit as owners and operators of private bars.

"[T]o restore the soul and to secure the future of America," President Joe Biden said in his inaugural speech, "requires more than words. It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity. ... This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward."

Monday, 25 January 2021 10:33

OPINION: Federal bailout will punish our state

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Now that Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress (however narrowly), they will probably approve a new round of federal borrowing to bail out state and local governments with shaky finances.

Friday, 22 January 2021 11:19

OPINION: First Amendment obligations

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Over at the Carolina Journal, opinion editor Ray Nothstine defends a Lee County school board member’s right to protest. The school board voted to open an investigation into Sherry-Lynn Womack’s participation in the rally at The Ellipse prior to the attack on the Capitol. Other people have called on Womack to resign, even though she did not participate in the attack.

The Washington Post is outraged that Donald Trump has sullied one of Washington’s most hallowed honors — Presidential Medals of Freedom. After the White House announced plans to bestow the medals on two Republican members of Congress and a football coach, the Post thundered that “Trump just underlines his own unworthiness when he makes a mockery of the Medal of Freedom ….This president cannot be trusted to hand out medals.”

I was working out at my gym the other day and Fox News was droning on one of the TVs. I wasn’t really paying attention, but I happened to look up and I saw an image of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at a rally. The campaign poster hanging on the podium read, “Battle for the Soul of the Nation.”

Few will find it surprising that the incoming Biden administration looks, in both form and function, a lot like the Obama administration of 2009-2017. After all, Joe Biden served as Barack Obama's vice president for those eight years. His staff and cabinet appointments comprise a veritable Who's Who of Obama holdovers and members of Biden's own political circle, built over decades in the Senate and White House.

Monday, 18 January 2021 11:29

OPINION: Protect the right to be wrong

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 I have strong opinions — but not about how to perform brain surgery, write a smart-phone app, design a golf course, or produce a hip-hop album. Perhaps you do have a strong view about one of these, but almost certainly not about all four.

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