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Racial disparity: Top county schools need to reflect county's racial makeup

The system for choosing students for Wayne School of Engineering and Wayne Early/Middle College High has been questioned regarding its fairness. There are too few minority students attending the schools if the goal is to have a student body that...

Drafting women: Congress says no to drafting women for military duty

If women in the military are capable of carrying out combat roles should they also be required to register for the draft as young men are? That is a question that is not easy to answer. Congress this week dropped...

Redistricting: Nonpartisan group needed to draw district boundaries

A federal court has ruled that the Legislature must redraw North Carolina's legislative districts by the spring and hold new elections by the end of next year. Some of the districts constitute racial gerrymandering, the judges said, and are therefore...

Obamacare: Fixing the unpopular health care system will take time

Of all the promises Donald Trump made on the campaign trail, none came as close to the hearts and minds of voters as dismantling the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Trump vowed to do away with the largely unpopular health...

Castro: Death of communist leader gives hope to Cuban people

After more than a half century of communist rule over Cuba, Fidel Castro is dead. And although change in that island nation won't happen anytime soon, there now is real hope for its future. The dictator who ruled with an...

Dylan: American singer-songwriter recognized with Nobel Prize

It might seem strange for an old conservative newspaper to come out with an editorial praising Bob Dylan for winning the Nobel Prize for literature. But we are. The singer-songwriter has been the voice of a generation that is now...

Governor's race: In tight contest, McCrory is right to seek a recount

There are a lot of folks, mostly Democrats, who are criticizing Gov. Pat McCrory's efforts to make sure every vote in the recent governor's election is properly counted before conceding defeat. McCrory, on the surface, has lost the election by...

Thanksgiving: Don't forget to take time today to truly give thanks

Today is one of the most treasured days of the year -- Thanksgiving. It's a day when we pause to gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. Counting our blessings is something...

Bell to lead: Wayne County's John Bell chosen House majority leader

State Rep. John Bell's sudden rise to power in the General Assembly is a testament not only to his political smarts but to his natural leadership ability. A rising star in North Carolina politics, Bell is a local boy who...

Change of tune: Republicans who disavowed Trump now have tough decision to make

During the presidential campaign, many Republicans broke ranks to oppose the nomination of Donald Trump, who they said was not fit to hold the nation's highest office. Some openly backed Democrat Hillary Clinton. Now that Trump has won, these Republicans...

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