North Carolina is in urgent need of flood prevention legislation. Increasingly, rural communities are bearing the brunt of severe flooding events but lack the resources, funding or capacity to recover from past floods or plan for future ones.

Surf the latest U.S. headlines on immigration, and you’ll read plenty of criticisms from Republicans against Vice President Kamala Harris for not visiting the southern border and plenty of frustrations from Democrats that she needs to focus more on the root causes of migration out of Central…

It is 50 years next month since Henry Kissinger embarked on the secret mission to Beijing that led to a rapprochement: “It is the conviction of President Nixon that a strong and developing People’s Republic of China poses no threat to any essential U.S. interest,” the national security advis…

The leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly are at a crossroads concerning the most significant issue that confronts the state — fulfilling the state Constitution’s pledge, the right, that every child must have access to a quality education.

“Misery loves company,” so goes the English proverb. But, after the last 15 months, you’d think we’d all agree to send the miserable couch potatoes home.

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Republican state senators voted last week not to confirm Dionne Delli-Gatti as secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality because they think she is insufficiently knowledgeable about something they called Gov. Roy Cooper’s “natural gas strategy” and she was “unfamiliar” with a…

“We can’t just choose to learn what we want to know and not what we should know,” President Joe Biden said last week from Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the 100th anniversary of a targeted massacre of black residents there by their white neighbors. Dozens of people were killed in the attacks, hundreds …

On July 1, North Carolina local governments — counties, cities and school systems — must have their annual budgets enacted. That’s the law. State agencies — from public parks to county courthouses — need to start a new budget year.

The Big Lie that drives Republican politics at the moment is former President Donald Trump’s false claim that he won the election. The party has peddled another falsehood for more than 40 years.

North Carolina is emerging from a worldwide pandemic strong and growing, with new jobs and new neighbors arriving daily. We welcome this growth, but in order for our communities to thrive, our infrastructure must catch up and keep up.

This week marked the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes, obstructing his breath as he begged for his life. A jury of 12 found Floyd’s killer guilty of one coun…

For the nearly five decades since the U.S. Supreme Court decided that a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion, that right has been under attack by state legislators. But the high court has stood by its landmark decision in Roe vs. Wade over and over again in the rulings that followed.

There may be no profession more publicly and thoroughly second-guessed than educators. From parents to public officials to lawmakers, people believe they know better — or perhaps could do better — than those who educate our children.

To some people, the best solution to gun violence in an already gun-saturated nation — where, in fact, guns outnumber human beings — is, of course, more guns in more hands in more places.

Bless my heart, after much reflection I’ve determined that the only thing worse than no CDC guidance is CDC guidance.

“Our children’s education is too precious to play politics with, and I am going to try my hardest to separate politics from this role — to do what is right,” Catherine Truitt said a few days after she was elected the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The fact that we elect this …