The arrogance of some leaders in the General Assembly has been apparent for a long time, yet it continues to astound.
It was a terrible idea in 2013 when the N.C. Senate proposed balancing the budget on the backs of charities and hospitals, and it isn’t much better now that the proposal has been tweaked and reintroduced.
If you want a headache, go read Senate Bill 369, a proposal to change how sales tax revenue is distributed.
As someone under 35, I wonder what the News-Topic would look like if we pulled away from conventional reporting styles. I rely heavily on Facebook and sites like BuzzFeed to give me news outside of Caldwell County because they are easy sites to read, have colorful photos and provide different outlets to respond to the posted contest.
Raising taxes is forbidden territory for this General Assembly, but there are ways of making taxpayers pay more without calling it a tax increase.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.