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Golden State: California near the end of a long primary road

The primary season is nearing its end, and the golden prize awaits -- delegate-rich California. California has long been a study in contrasts: on one hand a stronghold of liberal sentiment, on the other a bastion of conservatism that...

Priorities: Governor deserves credit for emphasis on teacher pay

Gov. Pat McCrory released his budget proposal for 2016-2017 this week, and it included pay raises for state employees. It was not met with universal applause, however. That's because the budget plan would give public school teachers more of...

The right thing: City Council should base cemetery decision on facts, not fear

A number of Muslim residents of Goldsboro are asking the City Council for permission to create a cemetery to bury their dead relatives. It has caused quite a stir in the community, with neighbors vigorously opposing the proposal. They...

Final stretch: This week's primaries give Clinton, Trump more of what they need

With the race for the presidential nominations entering the clubhouse turn, there are two distinctly different battles going on. Tuesday's results gave both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton what they had hoped for -- clear-cut decisions in their favor....

Tax cuts? This time, put some real relief into ordinary taxpayers' budgets

The General Assembly reconvened Monday to tweak the state budget and with this being an election year, lawmakers have indicated they will be looking at cutting taxes. Let's hope they are true to their word and consider making income...

Wrong door: Donald Trump may have flushed his chances around here

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came out last week and said he believes that North Carolina's new law requiring people to use the public restroom of their gender anatomy, rather than their gender identity, is wrong and should be...

Stick to our guns: Intimidation should not rewrite bathroom legislation

State Senate leader Phil Berger said this week that the North Carolina General Assembly has no plans in the upcoming session to change the new transgender restroom law that was approved during a recent special session. We applaud Sen. Berger's...

Road nearly done: New U.S. 70 will improve the flow of both traffic and local economy

Work on the long awaited U.S. 70 bypass is nearly finished. More than a quarter century has passed since the idea of a new U.S. 70 bypass to replace the congested, stoplight-filled existing one first came up, and it...

The Big Apple: Voters in New York will go a long way toward determining nominees

Millions of New Yorkers will go to the polls today in the state's hugely important primary for president. On the Republican side, Donald Trump should emerge as the easy winner, picking up plenty of delegates to help him in his...

Teachers' rights: Court ruling keeps North Carolina true to its word on promised protection

The state Supreme Court ruled last week that the General Assembly violated the state Constitution by taking away protections veteran teachers had been promised for decades. The measure had been pushed by Republicans in the statehouse who believed tenure kept...

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