Senators poised to gut public’s right to know

What do the following things have in common? Budget hearings … raising taxes … special-use permits for a bar in a local shopping center … design reviews for big box stores … annexations … restrictive sign ordinances … amending development ordinances … rezonings … bond referendums...

It’s Time!

Dialogue strengthens the community that binds us By the Rev. Dr. Enoch Holloway Many of our nation’s communities are suffering. People are seeking answers to find harmony across perceived racial, cultural and denominational boundaries. The Word of God provides peace if our...

More than just a holiday

For many, Memorial Day is the first chance to jump in a pool, get out on a lake or take the first walk on a beach after a long winter. And there’s nothing really wrong with any of that. After all, the very men and women Memorial Day is designed to honor would surely be some of...

It’s time to be a squeaky wheel

“I haven’t heard anything from my constituents on that issue.” This is the most often-given reason by lawmakers when it comes to the “why” of their decision-making. If they don’t hear from their neighbors, friends, local business owners and so on, they assume they are getting a...
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Certificate of Need: House files for reform, Senate wants repeal

by Katherine Restrepo Last week, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce sponsored a healthcare breakfast panel where three North Carolina hospital CEOs talked about how competition brings out the best in their health systems. Competition is healthy. Competition is a beautiful thing. The...

Safeguard public information access

Rarely do newspaper publishers jump into public policy issues. Sure, editors like to agitate, but on the whole, newspaper people prefer to report on what’s happening, rather than be the cause of it. The past three years, however, news-paper publishers, editors and reporters have...

On Easter sunrise services

My childhood memories of sunrise Easter services are somewhat hazy. That might be because I was hardly awake for them at the outset. They’re like illustrations in a book: Mom coming upstairs and quietly shaking us awake; the darkness outside — after all, the sunrise was supposed...

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...
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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...