SB 346 an unhealthy policy by any measure

When Wake Forest’s Susan West’s son (pictured middle right) was born, he was by all accounts a perfectly healthy baby boy. But his reaction to his first injections of the DTaP, Hib and rotavirus immunizations horrified her. “He screamed — the most horrible screams and shook for...

Apodaca sides with the public

State Sen. Tom Apodaca took a meaningful step on behalf of open and transparent government last week when he signed on as a primary sponsor to a bill that preserves the publication of public notices in newspapers. Apodaca, the Hendersonville Republican who chairs the powerful...

A media conspiracy that’s good for you

(Editor’s note, each year during Sunshine Week, we include guest editorials about government openness) By Eric Newton Each spring for 10 years now, a vast media conspiracy has rolled across the hills and plains of this nation. Journalists of every stripe – cartoonists to...

Wake County transit planning, redux

Readers can’t be faulted for paying little attention to the latest round of transit talk taking place in Wake County. After all, the subject of how to get people to and from various places in the county, while reducing crowding on roads, has been in discussion for two decades —...

N.C. distilleries need beverage equality

Guest opinion By Barry Smith, Carolina Journal Distilleries across North Carolina are hoping to follow in the footsteps of the state’s growing winery and craft beer industries, but the law places distilleries at a competitive disadvantage — and they’re asking the General Assembly...

FCC ruling could overturn state broadband law

Guest Opinion by Same A. Hieb, Carolina Journal North Carolina is bracing for a decision by Federal Communications Commission officials that could overturn the state law placing limits on municipal broadband, potentially saddling local taxpayers with new debt they would not be...

Weather impacts all — be alert and prepared

Regular readers of this paper have probably picked up on its decidedly different nature this week. We are, after all, not immune to the vagaries of weather and ice storms have an impact on us just as they do everyone else. In what is a first for all the current staff, the winter...

Martha Mobley, a Franklin Co. treasure

If we had to pick one person other than our spouses to be stranded with on an island somewhere, that person would have to be Martha Mobley. Almost everyone of us at the paper have had a reason to interact with her for one reason or another over the last decade and more. And we’re...

Rolesville’s Fourth of July celebration will return

Last year, for all kinds of reasons, the annual beloved Fourth of July celebration in Rolesville didn’t happen. There weren’t enough volunteers, not enough sponsors, not enough of anything, it seemed. And by the time the town and public became aware of the impending loss, there...
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Join us for a special dinner

At the start of each year, here at the newspaper, we take some time to plan out not just what we want to do business-wise, but how we want to plug-in and give back to the community in which we live. After all, our motto is Your Community Matters, and every one of us believes in...

Schooling choices sign of times, independence

Last fall, the State Department of Nonpublic Education (NCDNPE) released their latest homeschooling figures showing the number of home-school enrollments rose above that of private schools for the first time. A total of 60,950 home schools with 98,172 students were counted. Wake...

Why we do what we do: A statement of principle

The Wake Weekly newspaper has rolled off the presses and into readers’ hands since 1947. While this process has changed quite a bit in the past half-century — along with the look of our paper — our guiding principles haven’t. As we launch into our 67th year, we again want to...