Opinion

May 02, 2016

The archenemy of conservatism is not liberalism, but rather the certainty that everyone is to blame for the demise of belief in personal responsibility except oneself. 

David Robertson 

Elizabeth City 

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May 02, 2016

The writer of one of the letters to the editor published in the April 22 edition of The Daily Advance seemed to be more concerned with the financial repercussions caused by the passage of House Bill 2 than with any other aspect of it.

In criticizing our state legislators, the writer said...

May 02, 2016

By now most people have likely heard more than they want to about the North Carolina “bathroom” debate. Let’s look at facts and see how completely and factually understood the real conflict is.

Charlotte’s previous ordinance on discrimination had two...

May 01, 2016

We are commemorating National Tourism Week, May 1-7, here at the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau – and there is a lot to celebrate during this annual salute to America’s travel industry.

For starters, travel is an economic engine for small towns, like ours,...

May 01, 2016

When North Carolina required a voter ID in order to cast a vote, many claimed this was a solution to a non-existent problem. We were told “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it!”

Indeed, voter fraud has been with us for a long time. President Lyndon B. Johnson stole his...

May 01, 2016

Like Progress Edenton, the citizens group pushing for the town of Edenton to sell the former Northeast Commission building for a waterfront brewery-restaurant, we’re still not clear why a majority of Edenton Town Council opposes what appears to be a golden economic development opportunity....

April 30, 2016

WASHINGTON -- Running mates? It's not even May, and already we're talking running mates? Then let me toss Elizabeth Warren's name into the mix.

I'm making several assumptions here -- in a year when assuming anything is dangerous. First, I believe Ted Cruz's desperate gamble of adding...

April 30, 2016

WASHINGTON – One of the first steps Donald Trump took in his transition to the Republican Party’s likely nominee was to recognize that he can’t always talk off the cuff about serious policy issues.

Whether he will abide by that in the coming days and months is unlikely,...

April 29, 2016

We used to say "A penny saved is a penny earned." Now, if certain economists are right, we should say "A penny properly invested is two pennies."

Because of the ripple effect one penny spent can boost the economy by two pennies. Every dollar paid to Social...

April 29, 2016

What happened to my North Carolina tax refund?

Yesterday, I wrote a check for $91 to pay my 2015 North Carolina taxes. Last year, I received a paltry $32 refund from the state for the tax year 2014.

As a retired North Carolina teacher on a fixed income, I received approximately...

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