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Just diversion: True solution to problems in schools not about tenure

Attacking teacher tenure sounds good, tough. It makes you look like you are doing something in the battle to improve schools. It gives you a scapegoat, someone to blame. But here's the truth. If North Carolina removed every ineffective or...

The children: Tragic tales of abuse, neglect hard to hear anywhere

There is a case before the courts in Hawaii this week concerning a father, a former soldier, who allegedly struck his child so hard that she died. There is some dispute over whether the child, who faced some developmental...

With progress: Infrastructure as important as fancy new digs

The moves that are being made concerning Wayne Memorial Drive and its traffic issues might not make everybody happy. And just to be fair, almost no decision a government makes about streets and traffic ever does make everybody happy....

Primary vote: There's not much on ballot, but it still needs your attention

There is not that much time left to gather information before making a decision on the issues expected to face voters on the May 6 primary ballot. There are some challengers to decide on -- and perhaps a preview...

Ukraine: It might not be full-scale yet, but situation bears watching

With so many of our own problems in this country, and so much information competing for our attention daily, it is not surprising that the situation in Ukraine might have fallen off many people's radar. But that doesn't mean that...

Reality 101: There are fundamental truths about the tax code

There are some realities that every lawmaker and taxpayer must face as April 15 rolls around each year. The first is that nothing happens in government without money. The determination really is how much we want the government to spend...

Call to serve: Let's see who wants to take District 3 post

There is much to say about Monday's discussion at the Wayne County Board of Education meeting and the argument over who should replace Thelma Smith. But for right now, let's just take one small part. Here is the advertisement --...

Another danger: Officers target speed; texting should be next

You have seen the scary commercials and probably have heard the warnings: Texting while driving is dangerous. But some of us have also seen the direct result, too -- swerving drivers who cannot maintain lanes or assured clear distance because...

True grit: Counselors' award winners are nothing less than inspiring

It would be nearly impossible to read the stories of the four young people honored this past week by the WCPS School Counselors Association and not get a catch in your throat. It should have been even harder to...

Scapegoat, check: Chief's departure sets up a whole new blame game

She is gone -- finally. There are many who wonder why it took Kathleen Sebelius so long to depart after the botched launch of Obamacare. It is really not all that hard to figure out. If she had left,...

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