Jul. 04, 2015 @ 05:22 PM

Editorial: N.C. legislature led by petty dictators

The arrogance of some leaders in the General Assembly has been apparent for a long time, yet it continues to astound.


Jun. 19, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Editorial: Bad idea in 2013 is still bad

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.

Jun. 15, 2015 @ 04:43 PM

Editorial: Sales tax bill needs serious study

If you want a headache, go read Senate Bill 369, a proposal to change how sales tax revenue is distributed.

Jun. 14, 2015 @ 06:51 AM

Column: Trying more ways to reach young people

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.

May. 23, 2015 @ 03:56 PM

Editorial: This budget charges taxpayers more

Raising taxes is forbidden territory for this General Assembly, but there are ways of making taxpayers pay more without calling it a tax increase.

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.