Opinion

May. 16, 2015 @ 04:33 PM

Editorial: Senate is where real budget battle begins

The state House of Representatives has been in full-steam, sausage-making mode in recent days, cranking out its version of the proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.


May. 12, 2015 @ 08:55 AM

Column: Make the most of Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is that weekend of beautiful flowers, handmade cards and delicious Sunday brunches all designed to honor mothers. The holiday could be said to haves roots as far back as religious holidays of the ancient Greeks and Romans in honor of mother goddesses, but our celebration of Mother’s Day stems from the work of a woman named Anna Jarvis who conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children, according to history.com.


Apr. 26, 2015 @ 01:34 AM

Editorial: Bill has good intent but too many pitfalls

You have probably heard the saying about where the road paved with good intentions leads. That was why the N.C. Press Association was worried about one brief bill filed April 14 by state Rep. George Robinson, Caldwell County’s representative in the N.C. House of Representatives.


Apr. 20, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

Editorial: A string of bad decisions had bad end

Any display of bad judgment can end badly, and not always just for the person who shows bad judgment. Hospitals and courtrooms across the country see people every day who suffered the consequences of bad decisions made by other people.

A string of bad judgments appears to have been in play the night that 15-year-old Kent Austin Taylor died.


Mar. 31, 2015 @ 04:15 PM

Obituaries for April 1, 2015

Dan Beach Jr., Lenoir

John Stewart, Lenoir

Roy Beaver, Lenoir

Ray Pitts, Hudson

Mable Ward, Granite Falls

Fred Bolen, Connelly Springs


Mar. 29, 2015 @ 01:53 AM

Editorial: Redistributing wealth is now OK with the GOP?

A proposal by a leading Republican in the state Senate would greatly benefit Caldwell County, but the arguments being used in its support hardly sound like ones that would be made by Republicans.


Mar. 15, 2015 @ 01:24 AM

Editorial: Public's business should be done in public

According to N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Guide to Open Government and Public Records, “The General Assembly has declared it to be the public policy of North Carolina that the hearings, deliberations and actions of public bodies be conducted publicly.”


Mar. 12, 2015 @ 04:12 PM

Obituaries for March 13, 2015

Joel Carswell, Lenoir

Martha McNeil, Lenoir

Sonny Sumpter, Lenoir

Frank Lilly, Morganton

James Fletcher, Valdese

Sandra Wilson, Lenoir


Mar. 08, 2015 @ 04:39 AM

Editorial: This punishment fits the crime

Our system of courts is part of what is often referred to as the justice system, but what happens inside the courtroom is not always just.

One injustice almost happened in Caldwell County in September, when Bob Gibbs came close to pleading guilty to a raft of felonies.


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

Editorial: Survival of fittest not good health policy

How did we get to the point that a U.S. senator considers requiring food workers to wash their hands after using the bathroom to be an onerous government intrusion?


Feb. 02, 2015 @ 11:14 AM

Editorial: Raleigh protests make no sense

The protests are pointless not because those leading them stridently assert points that can be and are disputed, often just as stridently, by the protesters’ adversaries in the legislature. No, they are pointless because the scope of the so-called injustices being highlighted are both limited, failing to rouse outrage in general public, and easily addressed by democratic means.

In other words, win an election, and then you can do something about the wrongs you perceive.


Jan. 25, 2015 @ 01:58 AM

Editorial: N.C. better than most but still faces corruption

How corrupt do you think government in North Carolina is?

A recent, quick analysis offers some hope but also some concern on that question.


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 01:31 AM

Editorial: Picking new House member a serious decision

The executive committee of the Caldwell County Republic Party may be choosing the person who will represent Caldwell County for the next 20 years – or longer.


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 09:33 AM

Editorial: Free speech belongs to you too

The initial shock of the Paris attack had barely waned before some people began raising a contrarian voice. This attack was different, they seemed to say, because it was not unprovoked.


Dec. 14, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

Editorial: Rare species sighted in D.C. -- compromise

On Thursday night the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill pretty much no one likes, and that’s a good thing.


Dec. 14, 2014 @ 01:13 PM

Editorial: We need more people like this

All of us should hope that when the worst day of our lives arrives, someone like Chris Whorley of Lenoir happens along.


Nov. 30, 2014 @ 06:22 AM

Career Day opened my eyes to job's purpose

On Tuesday, I visited Granite Falls Middle School for Career Day. My press badge swung from my deck. However, I was not there as a journalist -- well, not as one doing interviews and writing a story.


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Editorial: Good thing Gaither is going

The most pervasive knock on District Attorney Jay Gaither has been that he is quick to offer plea bargains in cases that would be winnable at trial, and he makes his prosecutors go to trial on cases that experienced lawyers know are dogs and ought to be plea-bargained.

But his decision to drop a felony hit-and-run charge in a case that almost killed a Hudson man still caught veteran law enforcement officers and lawyers by surprise.


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 02:46 PM

Editorial: Winning elections is harder than yelling

If there is a lesson to be learned from the elections in North Carolina, it ought to be that organizing a winning election campaign takes a lot more work than organizing a protest rally.


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 10:54 PM

Editorial: No sign of voter suppression so far

The numbers seem to indicate that if cutting back the days of early voting was a voter-suppression effort, it has been a massive failure.


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 07:53 PM

Editorial: Winter sends a shot across our bow

If the National Weather Service is right, then the next time the skies clear and we look to the north, Grandfather Mountain and the rest of the ridge at the Watauga and Avery county lines may be snow-capped.


Oct. 26, 2014 @ 01:37 AM

Editorial: UNC scandal rooted in dysfunction

The larger academic scandal at UNC Chapel Hill – that the existence of sham classes became widely known and their use tolerated, even encouraged – would not have been possible without one particular dysfunctional administrative relationship.


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 01:37 AM

Editorial: Legislators schooled on unintended consequences

One good reason to debate all proposed legislation in open forums is high-minded: Legislation is the public’s business, so the public deserves to hear all sides of what is being considered and see what their representatives are doing.

Another good reason for it is more practically minded: If a piece of legislation gets a thorough, public examination and vetting, you’re not likely to be surprised by unintended outcomes.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 01:53 AM

Editorial: Report says NC is awful to its teachers

The subject line of an email that arrived Monday morning stood out:

North Carolina Ranks Dead Last in the Country for Teachers


Sep. 28, 2014 @ 08:56 AM

Editorial: To learn what's happening, go to front lines

Leaders in the General Assembly tell us that they have increased spending on education and this year provided a 7 percent raise for teachers, and they seem surprised and sometimes exasperated that in meetings back home teachers don’t agree that any of that has happened.