Dan Beach Jr., Lenoir
John Stewart, Lenoir
Roy Beaver, Lenoir
Ray Pitts, Hudson
Mable Ward, Granite Falls
Fred Bolen, Connelly Springs
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.
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.”
Joel Carswell, Lenoir
Martha McNeil, Lenoir
Sonny Sumpter, Lenoir
Frank Lilly, Morganton
James Fletcher, Valdese
Sandra Wilson, Lenoir
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.
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?
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.
How corrupt do you think government in North Carolina is?
A recent, quick analysis offers some hope but also some concern on that question.
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.
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.
On Thursday night the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill pretty much no one likes, and that’s a good thing.
All of us should hope that when the worst day of our lives arrives, someone like Chris Whorley of Lenoir happens along.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The subject line of an email that arrived Monday morning stood out:
North Carolina Ranks Dead Last in the Country for Teachers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.