Fighting the cloak of darkness that can envelop even the most respected of government officials never ends. We hope to believe in all that they do. Yet, when they retreat to secrecy, we have no idea what goes on behind closed doors. How can we know? How can we trust?
Politicians without the trust of the people usually become known as "ex-" and "former."
Rep. Marilyn Avila, a Republican representing District 40 in the N.C. House of Representatives, earned the Lassiter Award this year and stands apart from many of her colleagues on Jones Street.
Make no mistake, government must be open and transparent in order to be good.
Vance County’s elected leadership has received a ringing endorsement from area residents. Eight of the races include the sheriff, school board and the commissioners. Only two are contested.
We’re not sure what those football players and the adults who joined in the melee felt last November. But we do know it didn’t channel through them very well. They made a mistake and should be forgiven.
CIA methods can always be debated. But when those methods are under investigation, the CIA can’t interfere.
The zero tolerance policy sounds good. But the troops have to trust it — and their commanders.
North Carolinians are already throwing away about $16 million annually when we litter our state. We can’t afford that.
If it is worth building, do it right from the start. The payoff is priceless.