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June 17, 2018

About a year ago, state Republican leaders vowed to retaliate in response to a painful rebuff from the U.S. Supreme Court, which had just refused to review a lower court ruling striking down the Legislature's 2013 discriminatory voter ID law.

“All North Carolinians can rest assured that…

June 10, 2018

City Council’s hiring of a Texas firm instead of a Canadian one to replace Elizabeth City’s decades-old utility billing software, while the wrong decision, wasn’t itself a calamity. What could prove calamitous is the way council went about making the decision.

As city officials…

June 03, 2018

She may not know it yet, but state Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Dare, is making a good case for why North Carolina laws that ensure the public's access to official records are so important and why they must continue to be valued and strengthened.

Currently, the House District 6 representative seems…

May 27, 2018

If a situation is unsafe, it’s best to make it unsafe, even if there are unanswered questions about the methods.

By instituting new driving restrictions and a new beach-parking permit system — one taking effect on Monday, the other in effect as of Friday — Currituck…

May 20, 2018

The spectacle of more than 15,000 educators protesting on the streets of Raleigh and in the halls of the General Assembly last Wednesday carried a potent message to legislative leaders and to the citizens of North Carolina about public education.

In a very public way educators are calling out the…

May 13, 2018

The following are some observations/lessons/takeaways from last week’s primary election:

1. First, political candidates can say a lot of things. But what they can’t say – and not run the risk of backfiring — are outright lies that assume voters are too ill-informed to know…

May 06, 2018

Elizabeth City police Chief Eddie Buffaloe would rather be spending his time trying to stem the opioid traffic coming into Elizabeth City, solving crimes or creating strategies to prevent criminal activities. To do that effectively he's got to keep enough of his department's officers on the streets,…

April 29, 2018

We were keenly interested in retiring state Sen. Bill Cook’s endorsement last week of Dare County businessman Clark Twiddy in the May 8 Republican primary in the 1st Senate District.

April 22, 2018

How do you break something that isn’t broken? By fixing it, of course.

That old saw recently came to mind after a Perquimans County commissioner suggested the county explore changes to its voting method for county commissioners — changes that almost certainly would result in a county…

April 08, 2018

Credit Pasquotank commissioners for not taking “no” for an answer.

Several months ago, they showed significant political courage approving what will be the county’s third referendum in six years on raising the local sales tax rate to pay for pressing public education needs.…

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