Opinion

May 24, 2016

WASHINGTON – Should Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., revert back to his Independent affiliation and run against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) and businessman Donald Trump (R) for president of the United States? There are compelling reasons for and against such a campaign....

May 24, 2016

RALEIGH – I'll admit I almost got goose bumps when applause broke out after the recent House budget vote.

The 103-12 tally on the House's 2016-17 spending plan represented a strong, bipartisan showing for the budget crafted by the Republican majority. Thirty Democrats joined every...

May 24, 2016

RALEIGH — I write today in praise of state employees who work in North Carolina’s regulatory agencies. Because of their due diligence, our state’s business climate is steadily improving — and North Carolinians are beginning to enjoy the benefits.

Longtime readers...

May 24, 2016

I have been a consultant on occasion to Gerald Friedman, his son Chip and James Johnson at Coastland Corp. The Friedmans and Coastland Corporation have both created and developed a major part of Currituck’s tax base. They were and are visionaries and had the guts to...

May 24, 2016

WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders is playing a dangerous game. If he and his campaign continue their scorched-earth attacks against the Democratic Party, they will succeed only in one thing: electing Donald Trump as president.

I say this as someone who shares much of Sanders' political...

May 23, 2016

In her excellent column on House Bill 2 in your May 2nd edition, columnist Holly Audette shines a light on a few very important tidbits of information largely unreported by the news media.

The first of which is that the Charlotte law made it illegal for any facilities open to the public...

May 23, 2016

The world famous and most notable law that our wonderful governor and state legislators passed by dark of night, House Bill 2, is not a law. A law is an idea that can be enforced, such as a law against speeding or trespassing. No one can enforce HB2 or say how it can be enforced. It is a law to...

May 23, 2016

A new state budget year comes with traditional competing interests and common responses. There are always folks, no matter which political party controls the purse strings, who are never and likely will never be satisfied with how those in elected office fiscally manage state obligations....

May 22, 2016

At first glance, a new Senate bill to rein in the cost of student tuition and fees in the state university system seems like a great idea.

Senate Bill 873, introduced by state Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, and co-sponsored by state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, does a lot to try and get a...

May 22, 2016

Outwardly, both Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County officials say they harbor no grudge, but inwardly, and behind the scenes, the county’s recent lawsuit over water rates exemplified the inability of the two governing bodies to work together for the good of the citizens.

There can...

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