New budget repairs balance sheet

by John Hood As Democrats and Republicans debated North Carolina’s recently approved state budget, they devoted much of their attention to the income statement of state government. They argued about next year’s revenues and expenditures. What didn’t get nearly as much attention...

Time off … but not for good behavior

by Angela Hight While there are questions lingering about criminal justice matters that are being fought for all over the country there is a question that still lingers. Why do judges levy prison sentences if the convicted criminals aren’t going to serve the entirety of their...

Apologize sincerely

by D.G. Martin Apologize, my mom told me. When you hurt somebody’s feelings, she said, apologize, even if they misunderstood or even if you didn’t mean it the way they took it. Say you’re sorry and move on. And that is what I did when some folks took offense at my recent column...

Lift health reform’s deductible cap

by Janet Trautwein The Obama Administration recently announced that it would delay until 2015 the health reform law’s “employer mandate,” which will require all companies with at least 50 full-time employees to offer health insurance or pay a fine. The delay...

Kudos — week of Aug. 15

Congrats, grads! •The following students were pinned at Vance-Granville Community College’s practical nursing graduation ceremony Thursday Aug. 1: Ashley Kayla Green of Creedmoor; Nicole Perry and Yevette Rothgery, both of Franklinton; Lona Marie Crouse, Loftin Olivia Foster,...