Dec. 01, 2014 @ 03:14 PM

Goldberg: Ferguson too complicated for easy allegory

On Tuesday, the day after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the slaying of Michael Brown, the president for a second time called for calm. His statement was measured, careful and responsible. He condemned violence and looting while acknowledging the legitimate concerns animating the protestors. He wasn't all that moving or eloquent, but this might have been one of those times when swinging for the rhetorical fences wasn't what the moment needed.

Dec. 01, 2014 @ 02:45 PM

Campbell: Back over the river and through the woods

“Over the river and through the woods” is the song that conjures up fond memories of holiday trips to celebrate with loved ones. Shortly after the first Thanksgiving, early settlers started migrating west in search of cheaper, less crowded and more available land. Ironically, today’s cheaper, less crowded and open land is more often found in the rural east and far western sections early settlers left.

Nov. 29, 2014 @ 12:11 PM

Editorial: Searching for coal ash alternative

A committee appointed to find safe ways to recycle coal ash has important work to do in a very narrow timeframe.


Nov. 29, 2014 @ 09:31 AM

Shortley: Learning outside the classroom

There’s a certain joy in sharing something you love with someone else.


Nov. 28, 2014 @ 02:03 PM

Walden: What’s happening to the middle class?

During the campaigns leading up to the recent elections, we heard a lot about the middle class. Many – if not most – candidates tailored their messages and promises to helping those in the middle class improve their lives. 


Nov. 28, 2014 @ 01:10 PM

Editorial: Working for employment opportunities

A new job initiative launched by Vance-Granville Community College in partnership with the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments Workforce Development Board is good news for the region.


Nov. 28, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

Purcell: Long live King Obama

Whereas America's personal freedom ranking was well ahead of France's in 2009, the rankings have completely changed in 2014. France is ranked 17th — four spots ahead of America!


Nov. 27, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

Editorial: Saving the past

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent federal agency, makes a dollars and cents argument about the importance of holding on to structural pieces of our past.