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Good government is open government

As far as theory goes, North Carolina is a pretty open state when it comes to disclosure of public records and keeping public meetings open to the public. Our state attorney general, Roy Cooper, has stated, “The policy of the state … is to allow public access to the activities of...

Look before you (statistically) lea

In late February, some 44,000 discouraged North Carolina workers suddenly disappeared. Relax. It’s not as mysterious as it sounds. What happened was that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its long-awaited revision of five years of household-employment data for...

Dancing the night away

Ever since I stood on my daddy’s toes at age four while he swept us around the room in time to music, I have loved dancing. I thoroughly enjoyed my years of ballet and tap lessons from Wake Forest’s own Rockette and multi-generational dance teacher Betty Holding, but it was...

Legislators look again at the revolving door

by Scott Mooneyham Since North Carolina legislators first approved the State Ethics Act in 2006, policymakers and political observers have continued to discuss to what extent state law should control the revolving door between government and the private sector. The problems...
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Patriots place first in golf match

RALEIGH — Franklin Academy put on a strong showing in Monday’s North Central Athletic Conference golf match to capture their first team victory in the program’s history. The Patriots were led by Grant Lewis, who shot a 41 on nine holes at the Wildwood Country Club in Raleigh. His...

Strong reasons to oppose Common Core

by Bob Luebke On June 2, 2010, the North Carolina State Board of Education adopted Common Core Standards. The standards emerged out of a national discussion over the decline in the value of a high school diploma and growing concern over America’s poor performance on international...

Chastain needed

To the editor:   I wanted to write and tell the citizens of Franklin County the experience I had with the Clerk of Courts Office. I first had the opportunity to work with the office when my sister was in a crisis situation. I was not treated professionally, nor legally in my...