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  • EDITORIALS

    A cautionary tale for Clayton

    The Town of Clayton will either buy and rehab a downtown building entirely at taxpayer expense or share that costly burden with a private developer. Either way, when Clayton no longer has need for the building, which might become a library annex, the town will sell it to a private party.

  • COLUMNS

    Do tax changes have impact?

    Get ready for some tax debates in 2015. At the national level, pundits think a proposal to lower the federal income tax rate might be one piece of common ground between President Obama and Congress. Here in North Carolina, The General Assembly might debate Round 2 of tax changes – focusing...

  • COLUMNS

    GOP short on specifics

    The vagueness was unmistakable.

  • COLUMNS

    Are Muslims tolerant too?

    I think Franklin Graham was wrong. A call to prayer from a church bell tower cannot possibly be a bad thing.

  • EDITORIALS

    Letter grades can help make schools better

    We don’t envy Johnston school board members or Superintendent Ed Croom. Soon they will have to explain to anxious, perhaps angry parents why their child’s school received an F grade from the state while another school in Johnston received an A.

  • COLUMNS

    How should state pay for roads?

    My wife recently bought a new car. Well, not exactly “new new,” but “newly used.” Some experts say this is the best way to buy vehicles because you get an almost-new car without paying for the excessive depreciation that occurs when a brand-new car is driven off the lot...

  • COLUMNS

    College adding splashes of color

    The brilliant colors of the holiday season often heighten my awareness of drab when January rolls around. With lights dimmed, decorations stored and dark winter days the norm, we tend to retreat into the doldrums of a long winter’s nap. And so, in response to my sense of melancholy recently...

  • COLUMNS

    A daughter easily betters her father

    After a month at home, our daughter has returned to college. Her mother and I couldn’t be more proud. In her first semester at Western Carolina University, our daughter made friends, became active in campus life and, most important, came home for the holidays with a grade point average that...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Your Letters: Yur server needs those tips

    I have been thinking about writing on this for some time, and last week, when a server at work did not get a tip from someone who said they worked in the food-service industry, well, that was it.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Your Letters: Allow FCC to improve location accuracy for 9-1-1 calls

    If you or a loved one were in need of emergency help, you’d expect emergency operators to be able to find you when you called 9-1-1. The unfortunate reality for North Carolinians is that a large percentage of calls to 9-1-1 from cell phones are delivered to dispatchers without location information...

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