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    Is your town affordable?

    The news release, which arrived via email, said Clayton ranked in the Top 10 in affordability among North Carolina towns with more than 10,000 people. Smithfield wasn’t far behind, ranking 14th.

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    Downtown needs vitality around it

    We asked a friend in town government if a downtown could thrive without a vital town around it. No, he said, at least not a downtown in a small town.

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    On tenure, school boards hard to figure

    We’re not surprised that Johnston school leaders declined to adopt a resolution opposing the end of teacher tenure in North Carolina. A Republican legislature passed that law, and Johnston’s school board is made up largely of Republicans.

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    County, towns don’t talk but they should

    The short answer to the question was no. County Commissioners and town leaders don’t spend a lot of time talking to one another, especially about how they could merge services to improve quality and affordability.

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    What’s the alternative to testing?

    This much seems reasonable: North Carolina should hold its public schools accountable for the dollars they receive and spend. And one way to hold schools accountable is to test students on what they were supposed to learn in the classroom.

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    I am a lot like my mom

    I want to thank all of those who have called, emailed or texted their condolences after the death of my mother. Your words have been comforting.

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    County wisely hoarding cash

    For county government, how much cash on hand is too much?

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    Towns should accept offer from Duke

    A Smithfield councilman was skeptical that North Carolina’s public power towns would sell their stakes in power plants to Duke Energy. Too many towns, he said, rely on electricity sales to help fund other government services, such as police and fire protection.

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    With deal done, partners must deliver

    Johnston Health, which owns hospitals in Clayton and Smithfield, and UNC Health Care, a premier hospital system in North Carolina, are now partners. We suspect that’s a good thing.

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    How should county pay for landfill?

    For reasons no one can discern, the volume of trash entering the Johnston County landfill fell by 40,000 tons last year.

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