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August 24, 2016

CSX railroad operations have been prominently featured in local and state news during the past weeks. For the vast majority of people in these parts, the news has been extremely positive, focused on CSX plans to build a massive shipping hub in Rocky Mount. But for a few people in Pitt County,…


Exploiting Medicare reform fears wrong campaign tactic

August 23, 2016

We need a serious debate in this country about the future of Medicare. A couple of months ago, the program’s trustees made that need abundantly clear when, in their annual report to the public, they projected that Medicare will become financially insolvent in 2028, just a little over a decade…


Greenville can set a meaningful safety precedent

August 23, 2016

A city has no higher responsibility to its residents than providing for their safety, including traffic safety. Greenville can make a solid statement to that effect and become the first city in North Carolina to commit to eliminating pedestrian fatalities within the next decade.

To its credit,…


N.C. vouchers support private schools that discriminate

August 22, 2016

The logic behind a state program that gives lower-income parents up to $4,200 a year for private school tuition is that it provides parents “a choice.” But now there is a disturbing other side to that choice. Some private schools that are getting public dollars choose not to accept…