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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

For most people, the measures required to cope with the coronavirus epidemic are inconvenient and stressful. But for restaurants and bars, the effect is severe and quite possibly disastrous. Being forced to close their doors to patrons not only will cost them revenue, but is likely to put some at risk of closing for good.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020

The following piece is advice from six former North Carolina Health Directors: Robin Gary Cummings, M.D.; Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH; Jeff Engel, M.D.; Laura Gerald, M.D., MPH; Ron Levine, M.D., MPH; and Hugh Tilson, M.D., DrPH. It was first published by Capitol Broadcasting Company.

The person credited with saving the most lives ever is Edward Jenner, inventor of the smallpox vaccine. The disease had a much higher mortality rate than the novel coronavirus that is confining many people to their homes right now; about 80 percent of children and 60 percent of adults who contracted smallpox died of it. In the 20th century alone, it killed more than 300 million people before the vaccine eradicated it worldwide in 1979.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

The person credited with saving the most lives ever is Edward Jenner, inventor of the smallpox vaccine. The disease had a much higher mortality rate than the novel coronavirus that is confining many people to their homes right now; about 80 percent of children and 60 percent of adults who contracted smallpox died of it. In the 20th century alone, it killed more than 300 million people before the vaccine eradicated it worldwide in 1979.

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the state’s health care systems, but it has also revealed how the state’s meager unemployment compensation program is both callous and bad for the economy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

“It would be very disturbing to return to the situation of the mid-1980s,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in January. “With the leaders of the state, one by one, staying in power until the end of their days.”

Monday, March 16, 2020

“Unmet Needs” should say it all. It’s in the name of the appropriately titled list known as the North Carolina Registry of Unmet Needs, representing people who qualify for government assistance but have waited to receive that assistance for years because of legislative-imposed limitations — and too much politicking.

If it were not for Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the General Assembly leadership’s budget, the state agency most responsible for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina might be waging a short-handed struggle now amid a shrunken budget and dramatic staff cuts.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, set a standard for the rest of the private sector by announcing that, in addition to its existing paid sick leave policy, it would provide up to two weeks of paid leave for employees who fall ill or are quarantined because of a confirmed exposure to the coronavirus. It’s now incumbent upon other American employers to match that example.

With the rapid spread of novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, another unwelcome virus also spreads — rumors. Our community is not immune. Some people are transmitting false information that serves only to add an overlay of needless worry in a time where our concern is already elevated.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

She’s a cashier at a counter uptown. It’s a job that pays most of the bills, but not the insurance bill. So she ignores the cold symptoms that come each winter, and she tries to ignore what she hopes is just a stomach bug. It’s easier to work while you’re sick than for your bank account to recover from acknowledging that sickness.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

To local officials for promoting participation in the U.S. Census. The Census Bureau on Monday made a soft launch of the 2020 census website. On Thursday, it began mailing out notices inviting a wide swath of America to visit the site and fill out a digital survey. Taking part is important because the county loses out on state and federal money for every person who is not counted — amounting to about $1,800 per year, per person. Make the time to take part. It’s time to stand up and be counted.

Monday, March 09, 2020

Many will welcome the United States-Taliban peace deal. They see a war that has lasted nearly 19 years, taken the lives of nearly 3,600, wounded tens of thousands more, and cost trillions of dollars. They see a Taliban force that remains strong, with significant territorial control and financial strength. They see, in short, a war that has lasted too long and doesn’t seem winnable.

Many will welcome the United States-Taliban peace deal. They see a war that has lasted nearly 19 years, taken the lives of nearly 3,600, wounded tens of thousands more, and cost trillions of dollars. They see a Taliban force that remains strong, with significant territorial control and financial strength. They see, in short, a war that has lasted too long and doesn’t seem winnable.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

The Federal Reserve did what it could Tuesday to offset the growing economic impact of the coronavirus by announcing a supersize reduction in its benchmark interest rate — the first time the Fed has acted between its regularly scheduled meetings since the financial crisis in 2008.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

To everyone who took the time to vote — whether during the early-voting period or on Election Day. Legislators at the local, state and national level face challenges ranging from strengthening the economy to protecting the environment and looking for ways to make health care more accessible and affordable. It is vitally important that the people in this country have a say in how these problems are solved. Our votes are the best way to advance our priorities.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Federal health officials are warning that the new coronavirus will spread much more than it has in the U.S., and financial investors continued their repricing down of assets as a result. Politicians, meanwhile, were repricing upward their chances of another burst of new federal spending.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

North Carolina has seen seven rural hospitals close since 2010. Nationwide, 2019 was the single worst year for rural hospital closures. A report earlier this month from The Chartis Center for Rural Health labels the situation a “closure crisis.”