Red tape is a “flaring”-ly huge problem

Guest Opinion Chris Faulkner American energy companies are burning off millions of dollars’ worth of natural gas every day — on purpose. In North Dakota alone, rigs destroy almost $50 million worth of gas per month. This waste is unfortunate. And it’s the consequence of bad...

Shop local Saturday

by Gregg Thompson Gallup did a survey this summer. It asked people how much confidence they had in various institutions. According to the survey, only 7 percent of Americans said they trusted Congress a great deal or quite a lot, compared with 29 percent who trusted the...

Veterans deserving of honor and thanks

I am a combat veteran who fought in South Vietnam. I know in my heart that we can’t let Veterans Day go by without honoring our veterans. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the veterans of WWI and WWII. Theirs has been called the Greatest Generation, and for good reason....

Changes to the right and left

There’s probably a lot for both Republicans and Democrats to be happy about, or not happy about, looking at the results of this midterm election. There’s certainly plenty to be puzzled about. At the top of the list is the seemingly incongruous ejection of the four incumbent...

Exchange plans are failing America’s most vulnerable

Guest Editorial By Virginia Ladd The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of Americans access health insurance. But the quality of coverage insurers are offering is worrisome. Even with federal subsidies, many available plans make paying for medications to treat cancer,...

Let the guilty party step forward

It takes a special kind of self-centeredness to drive one’s truck all over soccer fields, causing such ruts that the playing surface becomes worthless. Unfortunately for the Franklin-Wake Soccer Club and Youngsville Area Kids Soccer (YAKS), they have front row seats for just such...

Math and science — not just for rocket scientists

Guest Opinion by Dick Resch Looking to get rich? Try welding. For the third consecutive year, positions in the skilled trades are the hardest to fill, according to a Manpower Group survey of American employers. This shortage is why a master welder can earn a six-figure salary —...

Protect journalists who risk their lives to report the news

Guest Opinion by Caroline Little Journalists like to tell the story. They do not like to become the story. Unfortunately, during the past several months, journalists have been thrust into the spotlight under tragic circumstances. Around the world, journalists are putting...

‘None of us will ever forget’

(Editor’s note — On momentous anniversaries like that of Sept. 11, historical words are best. Below is the text of then-President George W. Bush’s 2001 address the evening of the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.) Good...

Has Iraq become a four-letter word?

By John Turner What is your initial reaction when you hear the word Iraq? For most Americans, it probably carries a host of negative connotations. For me, as an Iraq War veteran, it’s a reminder of the 16 months I spent there trying to implement a policy the leaders of my country...

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

Friday, July 4, should be about more than cookouts and fireworks. The historic date marks a turning point in world history and set our nation on a path toward freedom and individual rights, which we’re still fighting for today. On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress,...
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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...