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With massive statewide confusion over schools reopening, sky-high unemployment rates, and hospital beds increasingly filled with COVID-19 patients, one thing that seems all too clear is that we are living through a uniquely fraught time. And we are going through it with nearly every one of o…

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

To hobble the U.S. Postal Service under the guise of “treating it like a business” is to undermine public confidence in yet another vital American institution at exactly the time when confidence is most needed, as much of the nation prepares to vote by mail in the Nov. 3 election.

Friday, August 07, 2020

There’s a little uncertainty about the ceremony for renominating President Trump during the Republican National Convention in Charlotte later this month. On Saturday, a GOP spokeswoman said it would be conducted in private, without members of the press present. She cited the coronavirus as t…

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Tuesday, August 04, 2020

At the moment, Congress has two tasks more important than any others: Providing the resources and leadership needed to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, and helping the country climb out of the deep recession that the pandemic triggered. Sadly, the coronavirus relief package from Senate Republic…

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Asheville City Council members are to be commended for the historic and courageous move they took July 14 when they approved a resolution that calls for reparations for Black Ashevillians and issued an apology for the city’s role in the enslavement of Black people.

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Sunday, August 02, 2020

Asheville City Council members are to be commended for the historic and courageous move they took July 14 when they approved a resolution that calls for reparations for Black Ashevillians and issued an apology for the city’s role in the enslavement of Black people.

Friday, July 31, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020

This week more than 825,000 North Carolinians will see their unemployment benefits evaporate from an average $877 to just $277. This week landlords will demand rent. Lenders want mortgage payments. Monthly utility bills must be paid.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

On July 14, Gov. Roy Cooper offered a school reopening plan that allowed school systems to offer a mix of in-person and remote learning — or offer only remote learning. Some systems have already decided they will offer only the latter option, at least initially, as cases of COVID-19 surge in…

“Tough day for us at Twitter,” company chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted last Wednesday, after several high-profile accounts on his site were hacked. This was an understatement.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Our neighbor to the north, Virginia, has enacted a new set of temporary rules promoted by Gov. Ralph Northam to help protect workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, July 24, 2020

The deployment of federal agents in Portland, Ore., over the objection of state and local officials, to shoot and gas protesters and to snatch people from the street to stuff them into unmarked vans is an unconscionable assault on democracy and a dangerous and needless ratcheting up of tension.

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday drew a path through the uncharted terrain of a pandemic. He announced that North Carolina’s public schools will open in August with a mix of classroom and remote learning.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

There’s something very wrong when people who have to keep showing up at their jobs despite the dangers of a deadly pandemic are earning less money than those who lost jobs and stayed home.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

In mid-May, as the COVID pandemic-related financial challenges hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians were about to face came into focus, the state House of Representatives passed without a dissenting vote, a bill to protect consumers from debt settlement companies. These companies explo…

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Sunday, July 12, 2020

In the wake of nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd in May, some protesters have taken to toppling statues of figures from history they say practiced or endorsed slavery or white supremacy. The main targets have been monuments to the Confederacy.

Friday, July 10, 2020

At the close of the Fourth of July weekend, Duke Energy and Dominion Energy may have unwittingly declared a new independence — a breakaway from the tyranny of fossil fuels in generating electricity.