DMV bureaucracy unfairly burdens safe drivers who have disabilities

Rebecca Kay sustained an injury at age 16 that caused permanent damage. That did not stop her from driving for 44 years without any modifications to her cars. Her decades-old injury was not getting any worse. In 2013, however, much to Rebecca’s surprise, North Carolina’s Division...

For a cleaner environment, support domestic natural gas production

President Obama has called natural gas “the bridge fuel that can power our economy.” He’s right. The natural gas industry is driving economic growth. Natural gas production supports 2.8 million domestic jobs and adds $385 billion to our economy annually. Further development could...

McCrory in a tough position over incentives

State lawmakers have returned home to their districts for good to campaign for re-election in November. Or have they? The latest chatter in the capital is about whether House and Senate members will be called back by Gov. Pat McCrory to consider legislation that would result in...

Taking a look back

In the summer of l966, I attended a writers’ workshop in Raleigh and heard a columnist for the Smithfield newspaper talk about her writing adventures. It sounded like so much fun, I came home and asked Bob and Peggy Allen at The Wake Weekly if I could write a column for them....

Kudos to Wake commissioners

To the editor: Four members of the Wake County Board of Commissioners deserve special recognition after the last round of decisions regarding Wake County’s budget. Chairman and District 2’s Phil Matthews, Vice-Chair and District 1’s Joe Bryan, most recent member and District 3’s...

Candidates at starting line

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for re-election for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. Republicans, Democrats and independent-expenditure...

Lay, expertise definitions questioned

To the editor: I agree 100 percent with Matthew Reck’s July 10 letter to the editor about the quasi-judicial Special-Use Permit process. Yes, “The town lawyer goes to great lengths to state that the public be made aware they must provide professional expert testimony.” I would go...

Land purchase raises many questions

To the editor: Remember this quote from then-Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, “We have to pass the (healthcare) bill to know what is in it, and get away from the fog of controversy.” It appears to be the same flawed logic used by the Franklin County Commissioners to purchase...

Son’s a sight in my spectacles

As hard as it is for any of us to comprehend, I have middle-aged children, and it has turned out to be quite handy. Ever since I had cataract surgery, I’ve been able to set aside the glasses I have worn since I was nine years old. I can navigate the highways and byways just fine...

Fifth Fridays bring angst

Many, many years ago I learned the little mnemonic: “Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, save February alone. To which we 28 assign, ’til Leap Year gives it 29.” With that, I have been able to keep up with the passing of time, and it has...

Why incumbents keep getting re-elected

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at an historic low for a midterm-election year. Which...

Enough with big box shops

To the editor: I’m a customer of The Rolesville Weekly. When I am reading, as I do each week, I truly look forward to the outstanding job each one puts into the entire paper.  As a small business owner for over 50 years, I for sure can relate to another big box store coming into...