Pearl Harbor Remembered

This week, we remember the devastating and unprovoked attack on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base by the Imperial Navy of Japan, an event which would provoke the United States to enter World War II. The battle lasted just 90 minutes and killed 2,403 Americans, injuring 1,178 more. The...

Two words say it all

Guest Editorial by Rich Héroux How can you identify a veteran, you might ask yourself. Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of...

Communities can be collateral damage when lawmakers go after media

The last three years at the state legislature have been fraught with peril for community papers as lawmakers and certain media outlets have played petty gotcha games. We’re not talking the normal back and forth that’s always taking place between journalists and public servants....

Police lives matter, too

Community newspapers rightfully focus on local news. But there are times when it becomes vital to include a wider view in addressing pressing issues. This has been a turbulent year for police-community relations. There have been hard questions directed at law enforcement because...

#NCGA: Tax ALL the things!

Guest opinion by Brant Clifton Check out this doozy in the latest version of the House budget, H.97, being kicked around Jones Street (p.491, lines 8-9): […] A privilege tax is imposed on a retailer engaged in business in the state at the percentage rates of the retailer’s net...

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...

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...