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Sunday alcohol: We don't like the idea of selling alcohol on Sunday mornings

Go ahead, call us old-fashioned. But we don't like the idea of opening up alcohol sales on Sunday mornings. A measure working its way through the North Carolina legislature would end the long-standing ban on selling alcohol before noon on...

Guarding the military: Lawmakers work to help safeguard military installation in state

Legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Don Davis of Greene County would help stabilize the military's presence in North Carolina. We hope it becomes law. The bill calls for the state Military Affairs Commission to adopt a comprehensive strategic plan...

Teens in court: Legislation would end adult prosecution of 16- and 17-year-olds

The state budget bill that legislators have been working on for months contains a measure that has nothing to do with money but with the way the criminal justice system treats teenagers who are 16 and 17 years old. The...

Summer: Today marks beginning of our favorite season

For most of us, summer began Memorial Day weekend, or when school let out. But today marks the beginning of the true calendar summer, and that has special meaning. The summer solstice occurs today. The summer solstice is the longest...

Diehards: Accusations do not cause Trump supporters to waver

President Donald Trump has come under fire from virtually every direction during his first few months in office. He has seen his first major legislative initiative flounder out of the gate, and now he finds himself the focus of attention...

Session end near? General Assembly reportedly in the short rows in Raleigh

Word has it that the leaders of both chambers of the General Assembly are saying they believe the end of the current session is just around the corner. We are glad to hear it. We are always happy when lawmakers...

Hope for VA: Legislation expected to make Veterans Affairs more reliable

Congress has approved legislation that will make firing employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs easier, a first step in improving the agency that is tasked with taking care of the millions of Americans who have served this country in...

VA budget: Lawmakers trying to find money to increase spending for veterans

Congressional Republicans are looking for a way to increase spending for the Veterans Administration. We hope they find a way to come up with the extra money. The VA has been neglected for far too long, and our veterans deserve...

Big John's road: Part of new bypass named for late state Sen. John Kerr

A five-mile stretch of the new U.S. 70 Bypass will be named the John H. Kerr III Highway, and we are happy to see the honor being paid to our late legislative leader and friend. Kerr was a big man,...

Goldsboro High: Changing principals at school has some people concerned

The end of the school year is upon us, and school officials have once again started playing musical chairs with principals and assistant principals. The moving of principals from one school to another is not unusual. It happens almost every...

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