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From shopping bags to diesel fuel

My household accumulates quite a number of plastic shopping bags. Most come home with me from the grocery store. I use them to line the little garbage pail that sits under the kitchen sink and the wastebasket that’s in the bathroom. I also have the joy of using them to pick up...

McCrory gets ambitious on teacher pay

Gov. Pat McCrory mentioned the word himself when he announced his pay plan for teachers: respect. A lot of teachers around the state don’t feel like they have received much of that R-E-S-P-E-C-T from state policymakers lately. McCrory’s teacher pay plan might help to salve some...

Wake crime – May 15, 2014

Falls •Daryl Angelo Shropshire, Jr., 33, 2401 Gaheris Court, Raleigh, in Falls, was arrested by N.C. Department of Public Safety Officer J.A. Cunningham at the Wake County jail and charged with a probation violation. He is awaiting trial at the jail on a $200,000 secured bond....

The play’s not the thing

Puzzled by the past several months of histrionics about North Carolina’s election-law changes? You’re hardly alone. By any objective standard, the Voter Identification and Verification Act enacted last year was commonsensical in structure and modest in potential effects. Most...
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Positive ending to season

By David Allen Staff Writer WAKE FOREST — The rivalry between Wakefield and Wake Forest is long standing and well known, but the last game of the season for Wake Forest and Wakefield’s girls soccer teams was played with an air of friendship. Both Cougar coach Jeremiah Mattingly...

Saving his corner of the world

I blame it on my years working for this newspaper, when it was my job to talk to strangers and ask questions, but I can’t seem to help speaking to people while standing in line, sitting in a waiting room, wandering through a museum or wherever. That’s how I met the man who is...

Teacher salary studies not unified

To the editor: When I went to my mailbox today and opened up The Franklin Weekly, I was appalled by the opinion piece by John Hood titled, “Pay Teachers for Results, Not Degrees.” This article is just another example of how teachers are subjected to policymakers’ poorly informed...

Opportunity Scholarship program a ruse

To the editor: John Hood’s article on school choice (The Wake Weekly, May 8) would have one believe that the Opportunity Scholarship program, which is now being contested in court, was the legislature’s magnanimous effort to provide poor parents the chance to send their children...