Plant native species to preserve state’s diverse flora

by D.G. Martin First question for you, says UNC-TV’s “Exploring North Carolina” host, Tom Earnhardt, when he begins his talk to a Rotary club or other civic group, is, how many of you have spare parts somewhere in your body? A few hands go up. I’m not just talking about new knees...

Making sense of teacher pay

by Bob Luebke Do other professions require their best employees to give up an accomplishment to get a raise?  Do other professions use raises to lure employees into giving up due process?  Those are two questions Wake County public school teacher Dyane Barnett asked in a recent...

How about a look at the good and bad of school choice now?

by Scott Mooneyham A decision by a Superior Court judge last week to block a new school voucher law was met with howls of disapproval from school choice advocates. One of the sponsors of the law, Wake County Republican state Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, called it disappointing. A...

Good service is always appreciated

by Jean McCamy A lot of pithy sayings wander in on my e-mail.  Sometimes I nod, sometimes I chuckle, sometimes I forward and sometimes I snort and hustle them off to the trash bin. A recent favorite was a photograph of this sign: We offer three kinds of service: GOOD-CHEAP-FAST...