Opinion (432)

Friday, 20 December 2019 13:56

COLUMN: A Christmas wish come true

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(Note: This column was originally published in 2015 and the author has requested it run every year around Christmastime.)

I’d like to take a small survey of the readers of this column. It’s a simple question. How many of you believe in Santa Claus?

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 18:37

COLUMN: The giving spirit of Richmond County

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Several years ago, I penned an editorial at another publication praising the support the people of Richmond County have for the community.

After seeing that giving spirit in action within the past week, I felt led to recognize it again.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 13:55

COLUMN: In praise of home delivery culture

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Writing at Reason magazine, Liz Wolfe lauds home delivery culture — the increasing tendency of Americans to Netflix and chill while relying on Amazon Prime, Instacart, Grubhub, and other services to drop the goods we consume off on our front porches.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:27

COLUMN: Dueling emails and the budget impasse

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Over the past couple of weeks, the candidates for governor have been emailing state employees about legislative business. First, Gov. Roy Cooper emailed principals asking them to share an “open letter” with employees about the lack of a state budget and, hence, no raises for teachers. In response, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest emailed all of the state’s teachers blaming Cooper for the lack of raises because he vetoed the budget.

Monday, 16 December 2019 13:00

COLUMN: No report can solve funding debate

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It requires a certain kind of person to think that a 300-page policy report could ever resolve a longstanding political dispute. I fear that, in my early days as a journalist and think-tank analyst, I may have been one of those persons.

Then I grew up.

To the editor:

Questions to ask the former Richmond County Schools Superintendent (Dr. George) Norris and his School Board members regarding their infamous decision to establish the Ninth Grade Academy at the expense of the youngest children in Richmond County:

Thursday, 12 December 2019 14:38

COLUMN: The light over the stable

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In the 1930s,  a new livestock barn was built on a farm my granddad would later buy. The barn was used to shelter animals and to store hay and farm equipment.

On Nov. 29, FBI agents arrested hacker and cryptocurrency developer Virgil Griffith. His alleged crime: Talking.

Yes, really.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 15:53

COLUMN: Gerrymandering and the 17th Amendment

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Now that the Congressional districts have been settled we know one thing for almost certain: all of the races will be decided in March. Short of a tectonic shift in our politics, Republicans will hold eight seats and Democrats five. The makeup of our Congressional delegation has been decided by the people who draw the districts, not the voters. It’s a shame. 

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