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National Opinion

September 7, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Campaign distortions In the heat of battle this presidential election year, accusations are flying from both campaigns of lies, half-truths and contradictions. Yet, the candidates no longer show contrition when a statement is unmasked as a distortion or an out-and-out lie. Instead, they accuse the media of spin. Can we run a democracy free of [&hellip...

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People need to take back elections

September 6, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Americans heard a lot about the Founding Fathers during the Republican convention last week. The founders’ names are sure to be dropped this week as the Democrats meet. But James Madison and George Washington said a few things you didn’t — and won’t...

Romney puts focus on jobs

September 5, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Mitt Romney closed the Republican National Convention on Thursday with an upbeat invitation for Americans to join him “for a better future” that would necessarily include “jobs, lots of jobs.” Romney’s wife, Ann, in her speech Tuesday, spoke to the...

Preschool investment pays off

September 4, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

It’s a common, and fair, question: Does spending money on public preschool programs really pay off for taxpayers? It’s also a question that can be answered definitively: Yes. Why so much certainty about the value of preschool? The scientific research,...

Act like you’ve been there before

September 2, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

“I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.” So spoke Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, in a 2005 interview with the late Ed Bradley on “60 Minutes.” Clearly, out on his...

World Opinion

September 1, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

The passing of Neil Armstrong Whether you were a wide-eyed 5-year-old, a self-absorbed teenager or world-wise adult, you’ll likely never forget the moment. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder outside the lunar...

National Opinion

August 31, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Congress shamefully dragging its feet There’s not only another recession on the horizon, but your U.S. Congress is helping put it there. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted recently that continued inaction on tax and spending policy by...

Unemployment stifles economy

August 30, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

The latest unemployment report shows the largest number of states in three years posted increases in joblessness. These numbers represent the proverbial canary in the coalmine. Forty-four states, including North Carolina, showed increases in unemployment from...

Government picking favorites, again

August 29, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Last week, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved a plan to give one of the nation’s largest direct marketers a postage discount on advertising flyers. This discount for distributing “junk mail” is yet another example of the government meddling in...

Economy on the brink

August 28, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

A government report released last week put an exclamation point on the serious matters that await the lame-duck Congress after the presidential election. The Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan arbiter of fiscal facts, reported that if Congress...