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Understand your rights and responsibilities in traffic stops

We were struck by the sheer beauty of a simple solution to the difficult problem of police traffic stops. A …

February 3rd, 2016 |  

OUR VIEW: Public prayer just as sincere — and maybe more so — when it’s silent

OUR VIEW: Public prayer just as sincere — and maybe more so — when it’s silent

Do elected officials’ public prayers violate the separation of church and state? That’s the question the 4th Circuit Court of …

January 30th, 2016 |  

OUR VIEW: Officials deny residents a voice on alcohol sales

OUR VIEW: Officials deny residents a voice on alcohol sales

Voters won’t be able to decide whether to allow alcohol sales in unincorporated areas of Anson County this year. The …

January 27th, 2016 |  

OUR VIEW: Protect student privacy from school snoopers

OUR VIEW: Protect student privacy from school snoopers

A state legislator has joined free-speech advocates in an effort to protect students’ private online messages from prying eyes. Rep. …

January 23rd, 2016 |  

OUR VIEW: Lottery fever shows N.C.’s hypocrisy on video sweepstakes

OUR VIEW: Lottery fever shows N.C.’s hypocrisy on video sweepstakes

Powerball fever gripped the nation this week as millions purchased tickets for the chance to win Wednesday’s $1.6 billion jackpot. …

January 16th, 2016 |  

OUR VIEW: Ag-gag law punishes whistleblowers, not lawbreakers

OUR VIEW: Ag-gag law punishes whistleblowers, not lawbreakers

Who cost Richmond County farmer Tommy Deese his contract to raise chickens for Perdue Farms? If you said Mercy for …

January 8th, 2016 |  

Scalia’s disappointing dissent on church, state separation

Scalia’s disappointing dissent on church, state separation

After 30 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia still does not understand the value of the Constitution’s …

January 4th, 2016 |  

OUR VIEW: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is, perhaps, the most well-known and beloved newspaper editorial of all time. On Sept. 21, 1897, The …

December 23rd, 2015 |  

OUR VIEW: Cruelty arrest shows need for ag-gag law’s repeal

OUR VIEW: Cruelty arrest shows need for ag-gag law’s repeal

The whistleblower whose hidden-camera video appears to show a Richmond County farmworker stomping chickens and flinging one against a wall …

December 12th, 2015 |  

OUR VIEW: Profanity law’s repeal a good start for reform

OUR VIEW: Profanity law’s repeal a good start for reform

Those coarse words that escape many a driver’s lips in a traffic jam can no longer land you behind bars …

December 4th, 2015 |  

TAR HEEL VIEW: Red meat takes center stage in McCrory-Cooper race for governor

We see a pattern. Gov. Pat McCrory takes a position on a hot-button issue. Republicans challenge his Democratic challenger, Attorney …

December 3rd, 2015 |  

OUR VIEW: McCrory sides with busybodies on transgender bathroom ban

OUR VIEW: McCrory sides with busybodies on transgender bathroom ban

What’s so conservative about big-government bathroom bans? We sure wish Gov. Pat McCrory would explain it to us. Only a …

November 27th, 2015 |  

OUR VIEW: Consumer demand drives Thanksgiving bargain blitzes

OUR VIEW: Consumer demand drives Thanksgiving bargain blitzes

As more big-box retailers offer Black Friday bargains a day early, many Americans fear the Thanksgiving holiday is being co-opted …

November 25th, 2015 |  

OUR VIEW: By turning refugees away, are we choosing to become ISIS’ victims?

OUR VIEW: By turning refugees away, are we choosing to become ISIS’ victims?

Victims. It’s a difficult word. It’s also a polarizing word at times. Some macho people deride anyone who becomes a …

November 20th, 2015 |  

OUR VIEW: Equal access for service dogs is good for business — with or without the ADA

OUR VIEW: Equal access for service dogs is good for business — with or without the ADA

When a Rockingham restaurant sought to balance the needs of a diner with a service dog and the comfort of …

November 17th, 2015 |  

OUR VIEW: Free speech under fire on college campuses

OUR VIEW: Free speech under fire on college campuses

A half-century ago, college students rallied against administrators who told them what they couldn’t say. In 2015, that politically correct …

November 14th, 2015 |  

OUR VIEW: Teen court helps plug school-to-prison pipeline

OUR VIEW: Teen court helps plug school-to-prison pipeline

A scuffle in the hallway or graffiti on a row of lockers used to send scofflaws to the principal’s office …

November 7th, 2015 updated: November 7th, 2015. |  

OUR VIEW: McCrory, GOP declare war on Raleigh and Charlotte newspapers

OUR VIEW: McCrory, GOP declare war on Raleigh and Charlotte newspapers

Gov. Pat McCrory is not one to heed U.S. Rep. Charles Brownson’s advice. Brownson, an Indiana Republican, is the first …

November 2nd, 2015 |  

Daylight saving time a pointless tradition

Daylight saving time a pointless tradition

In the words of no one — ever: It sure is nice that it’s dark by 5 p.m. Welcome to …

November 2nd, 2015 |  

OUR VIEW: Posting city, school budgets online puts power in people’s hands

OUR VIEW: Posting city, school budgets online puts power in people’s hands

While some state lawmakers have worked to make government more secretive, budget writers took a stand for openness and accountability …

October 31st, 2015 |  

OUR VIEW: Your vote matters, even in contests with 1 candidate

OUR VIEW: Your vote matters, even in contests with 1 candidate

What if they held an election and nobody came? Turnout was dismal on Thursday, the first day of early voting …

October 23rd, 2015 |  

OUR VIEW: Board bungles UNC president selection

Political intrigue. Closed-door gatherings. A hastily called emergency meeting. Demands for a resignation. Indignation by lawmakers. Are we talking about …

October 21st, 2015 |  

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