June 26, 2017

Let the punishment fit the crime.

That should be the takeaway following last week’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling that struck down a North Carolina law banishing all registered sex offenders from all forms of social media.

The statute had a noble purpose — keeping pedophiles away from…

Supreme Court Offensive Trademarks-2

June 25, 2017

A state spending plan approved last week by the General Assembly will increase pay and cut taxes for thousands of people living in Pitt and surrounding counties, but it could do more.

Lawmakers sent the $23 billion biannual budget to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature on Thursday. Pitt…

June 24, 2017

Laurels — To the expansion at the Leroy James Farmers Market on County Home Road. The 5,000-square-foot addition, which officially opens at 9 a.m. today, will double the indoor space vendors have to sell locally-grown food and other products. Funded largely through $100,000 in grant money, it…


June 23, 2017

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

No, don’t cue the theme from “Jaws.” We’re talking about much smaller, quieter menaces lurking in the water of the Cape Fear River. But those threats to our health show us one good reason why it’s folly to…


June 22, 2017

The United State is engaged just now in a freewheeling debate about — freewheeling debate. Or, to put it more precisely, about how freewheeling debate should normally be. The struggle is being waged across various battlegrounds — college campuses, social media, New York theater, even…

Colleges Free Speech-5

June 21, 2017

North Carolina lags behind most states in child welfare. We can and must do better.

The annual Kids Count Data book uses 16 indicators to rank states in four categories: family and community, health, education and economic well-being. North Carolina is in the top half (22nd) in education, but was…


June 20, 2017

Gov. Roy Cooper is trying to browbeat state lawmakers back to the drawing board in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down 28 of North Carolina’s legislative districts as racial gerrymanders.

Cooper called a special session of the General Assembly on June 8, interrupting the…


June 19, 2017

With its 98-2 vote to expand sanctions against Russia, the U.S. Senate has effectively served notice on two great powers in Washington: Russia, which may have to face new costs for its meddling in the 2016 U.S. election; and President Donald Trump, who will have to contend with congressional input…

Trump Russia Probe

June 18, 2017

Where others see swamps, relics of the past and footbridges to nowhere, Will Preslar and Benjamin Herd see opportunity.

The two young men are among the leadership of a group knowns as G.A.P.S. — Greenville Advocates for Public Skateparks. Both are longtime skaters who have been kicking…


June 16, 2017

Can’t hear the clamor from the U.S. Capitol to make Puerto Rico the 51st state? Neither can we. The desire for statehood was a big winner in the commonwealth’s referendum held last weekend. However, only 23 percent of those eligible bothered to cast a vote. So the clamor from the island…

Puerto Rico Statehood-6
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