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.

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 07:48 AM

Editorial: McCrory's road plan worth only what NC can pay

North Carolina now has a “plan” to improve its statewide transportation network, which is very much like you having a plan to extensively renovate your house without any idea how to pay for it.

Sep. 07, 2014 @ 01:10 AM

Editorial: This is still western North Carolina, isn't it?

Watching the debate Thursday night between incumbent Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican seeking a second term, and Democrat Tom Hill, you might not be able to tell we live in one of the most conservative, Republican congressional districts in the state.

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

Editorial: It's not just the money, it's the secrecy

One of the reasons no one particularly likes how financial incentives to businesses are handled is that the businesses generally want their names kept quiet until they are ready to sign a deal.

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 01:15 AM

Editorial: Another sign of Caldwell County's changing times

Caldwell County has an additional symbol of its economic transformation.

But unlike Google’s gated white monolith on a hill or the conversion of Broyhill Furniture’s iconic former headquarters into the home of the rapidly growing pharmaceutical maker Exela Pharma Sciences, this new symbol involves a kind of business that at its base is familiar to this region.

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 03:23 PM

Editorial: Punishment, not vengeance, is the law's goal

Turning the other cheek is not emotionally satisfying. Forgiveness brings little immediate gratification, and if the person who wronged you doesn’t even seem contrite it can even feel like forgiveness is surrender.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 01:43 AM

Editorial: Gaither handled defeat the right way

Give District Attorney Jay Gaither credit for this: When it became obvious Tuesday that he was going to lose badly in the Republican runoff, the last gasp in his attempt for a fourth term, he did what politicians are supposed to do when they lose – he took the high road.