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The N.C. House could support government transparency and accountability by voting to make public employees’ disciplinary records available to the taxpayers who ultimately employ them.

OPINION

History-making records access now within reach

By Sandy Hurley and Bill Moss
| September 28, 2021

When the 2021 session of the General Assembly began, passage of legislation to advance public access...

Paul Rea

COMMENTARY

Community must work together to fight hunger

By Paul Rea and Peter Werbicki
| September 28, 2021

Food insecurity in the United States continues to hold steady at its highest-ever rate. According to...

Thomas L. Knapp

OPINION

‘Language’ arguments are a tower of babble

By Thomas L. Knapp
| September 27, 2021

When debating immigration policy with people who have deluded themselves into believing that it’s an...

D.G. Martin

COMMENTARY

Another big success for Wiley Cash

By D.G. Martin
| September 27, 2021

When we first read Wiley Cash’s debut novel, “A Land More Kind Than Home,” we knew he had the potent...

John Hood

OPINION

Mayberry fans seek solid ground

By John Hood
| September 27, 2021

MOUNT AIRY — Before “The Andy Griffith Show,” before nearby Pilot Mountain became the nucleus of a p...

Alexander H. Jones

OPINION

Red America holding Blue America hostage

By Alexander H. Jones
| September 26, 2021

Immigration polling is complicated, but one kernel of public opinion that shines through in nearly e...

Niki Layne

COMMENTARY

‘Screaming bridge’ gives ghost hunters a scare

By Niki Layne
| September 25, 2021

In my work — well, my volunteer work for the paranormal research society I am a part of — we go on a...

Josh Stein

COMMENTARY

Protect your loved ones from grandparent scams

By Josh Stein
| September 25, 2021

Over the past year and a half of this pandemic, we’ve all been more worried than ever about our love...

Mike Walden

YOU DECIDE

Should economic growth be a goal?

By Mike Walden
| September 25, 2021

Although today we live in a fractious political environment, there is one area of widespread agreeme...

OPINION

Flag censors flunk patriotism test

By Corey Friedman
| September 23, 2021

When Oregon school officials tried to banish political symbols from the classroom, English teacher G...

John Hood

OPINION

Labor force shouldn’t be shrinking

By John Hood
| September 23, 2021

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy has enjoyed a substantial recovery from the depths of the Great S...

Tom Campbell

OPINION

Comments from the clip file

By Tom Campbell
| September 23, 2021

Every columnist keeps a “clip file” — articles, stories or ideas from which to write future pieces. ...

Yesterday’s luxuries are today’s necessities

By Joe Weaver
| September 22, 2021

A co-worker and I had a conversation about generations. I am older than he by about 20 years, and we...

The downsides of our know-it-all tech

By Jean McCamy
| September 22, 2021

My computer and phone are getting too big for their britches. They both think they’re smarter than I...

Commentary

Weekly devotional: Walking in delight

By Grace Ministries USA
| September 24, 2021

Psalm 37:23-24 (ESV) “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in His way; t...

L. Ron Pringle

COMMENTARY

Addressing the root causes of hunger

By L. Ron Pringle
| September 22, 2021

Across the nation, food banks like Inter-Faith Food Shuttle saw a spike in need due to the pandemic ...

Thomas L. Knapp

OPINION

AOC unmasks the ruling class

By Thomas L. Knapp
| September 20, 2021

“Working-class Bronx native” served Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., well as “elect me” schtic...

D.G. Martin

COMMENTARY

Losing our grandchildren, and finding them again

By D.G. Martin
| September 20, 2021

In some North Carolina houses, this is a time of empty rooms and empty spaces. Children, so long eve...

John Hood

OPINION

Income and poverty facts matter

By John Hood
| September 20, 2021

The income of the median American household fell by nearly 3% last year as the COVID-19 pandemic and...

Thomas L. Knapp

OPINION

‘It can’t happen here,’ Down Under edition

By Thomas L. Knapp
| September 20, 2021

Clever tweets tend to morph in content and meaning over time. I don’t know where this one originated...


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