Hog farming has long and proud tradition in eastern North Carolina. It’s a powerful economic engine, and it’s a part of the fabric of our communities — creating jobs, generating local tax revenue, and feeding our families.

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Throughout our history, presidential inauguration day usually has been a celebratory time. Even if your candidate lost the most recent election, there’s still something uplifting about the crowds, the pageantry and the soaring rhetoric of a presidential inauguration. The day’s events help re…

Friday, January 15, 2021

The push to develop vaccines for COVID-19 was called Operation Warp Speed, but the delivery of two vaccines approved so far might be called Operation Hurry Up and Wait. The delay is especially pronounced in North Carolina, which late last week ranked 42nd in the nation in the percentage of its available vaccines that has been administered: 21.5 percent.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

It’s unfortunate that some of North Carolina’s Republican legislators were playing along with President Trump’s runaway claims of a stolen election by voting against accepting the Electoral College results on Jan. 6. It was a cynical ploy with no chance of success, but it sure did encourage the president’s base. And it fanned the flames for the deadly insurrection that occurred that day.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Joe Biden promised to lower the temperature of America’s partisan hothouse, but some of his nominations have not lived up to that promise. One that does is his selection of Merrick Garland as Attorney General, perhaps now the most important cabinet post for domestic politics.

Thursday, January 07, 2021

With the words “I just want to find 11,780 votes” ringing in our ears — President Trump’s demand of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, approved by North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, Trump’s current chief of staff — the drama of 2020 unfortunately is leaking into the new year.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

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Wednesday, January 06, 2021

We’re obviously disappointed with U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy’s decision to join some 140 other House Republicans and 12 GOP U.S. senators who plan to ignore the U.S. Constitution and instead vote today to reject the certified results of the Nov. 3 election won by former Democratic Vice President …

Sunday, January 03, 2021
Friday, January 01, 2021

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper continues to insist that he and other state officials are unable to release a page of records related to incentives the state offered to land an Apple campus in Research Triangle Park two years ago. That’s right — 2018.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Many people have a soft spot for the unique music and accompanying history that have been generated for generations in Nashville, Tenn. It’s the home of the Grand Ole Opry and many entertainment icons — not all of them purely practitioners of the country genre. It’s also an exciting destination aside from the music — a cosmopolitan city that has seen much economic and cultural growth over the past few decades.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The biggest challenges Michael Regan, North Carolina’s secretary of Environmental Quality, faces as President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to take over the federal Environmental Protection Agency are not unfamiliar to him.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

While Americans rest from holiday season, President Trump and his hardcore supporters are contemplating a turbulent final month that could make the rest of his chaotic presidency look placid. As Trump sidelines even some of his most loyal aides and allies, the few checks that remained on the president’s behavior are eroding, potentially leading to a Jan. 6 showdown over electoral votes on Capitol Hill that could further damage U.S. democracy.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Even in this season of giving, the announcement that MacKenzie Scott is giving $4.16 billion to hundreds of American organizations sent a powerful message. In a tsunami of philanthropy, she leapt toward fulfillment of her May 2019 pledge to donate the majority of her wealth to help others. In the process, she exemplified for the nation’s hundreds of other billionaires how to give back after getting much.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

After a year that saw thousands of area residents get sick from a mysterious new virus and just as many either lose their jobs or lose pay because of the economic recession the virus caused, we finally have some good news to celebrate.

Saturday, December 19, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Both parties in Washington seem intent on passing another COVID-19 relief bill this month, but it matters what’s in it and especially how it’s paid for. Republicans above all need to repurpose the unused funds from the Treasury backstop for the Federal Reserve’s 13(3) pandemic lending facilities.

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

For years, the stalemate in Afghanistan has left American officials torn between two bad options: Prop up a corrupt, hopelessly divided Afghan government indefinitely or admit defeat and go home, leaving the country to its fate. At 19 years and counting, the U.S.-led effort in Afghanistan is already the longest war in American history. A consensus has been forming that it is time for U.S. troops to come home. But the speed of the withdrawal and whether any residual force will be left behind to carry out counterterrorism operations remain open questions.

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

By Nov. 9, total COVID-19 deaths reached 4,615 in North Carolina. There were 1,169 people hospitalized for COVID-19 and there were 1,521 new cases reported as the seven-day average hit a record high of 2,405.

Friday, December 04, 2020

Bill Barr can take the heat, and on Tuesday the stalwart Attorney General guaranteed he’ll get it when he said “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

Thursday, December 03, 2020

It is a startling contrast. It is clear evidence that when politicians get to pick their voters — gerrymandering is the all too familiar word for it — they win big. They represent their own agenda – not that of North Carolina residents.

Wednesday, December 02, 2020