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Editorials

November 23, 2017

In a year of perpetual uncertainty about jobs, retirement and the future of the country, Thanksgiving might seem a tough meal for cynics to swallow. But pass the gravy to them anyway. They need the holiday even more than the rest of us.

The problems of the world don’t take a break for a mark…

November 19, 2017

The pending retirement of Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore presents several opportunities for city leaders to turn the corner toward credible reporting, open communication and fruitful partnerships with other law enforcement agencies.

We wish the chief well in retirement, but his tenure with…

November 12, 2017

Reports that CSX is considering scrapping plans to build its more than $270-million Carolina Connector intermodal terminal in Rocky Mount certainly sent shock waves throughout the community.

The announcement of the project was viewed as a potential game-changer for the economic fortunes of the Twin…

November 11, 2017

We as Americans have much for which to be proud and grateful.

But many of the liberties and privileges we enjoy came with a price.

It’s important, especially as we observe the federal holiday for Veterans Day, that we remember and honor the sacrifices of the men and women who have worked to…

November 05, 2017

When it comes to North Carolina’s court system, Republican state lawmakers certainly have no shortage of bad ideas.

Earlier this year, lawmakers passed bills making District Court and Superior Court races officially partisan elections again, making North Carolina the first state in…

October 29, 2017

A single vote certainly does matter — especially when it comes to local election races.

That’s the finding of a recent statewide study by the nonpartisan voting rights group Democracy North Carolina, one that is backed up local elections officials in the Twin Counties.

As…

October 22, 2017

It is indeed encouraging to see a bipartisan plan to resume federal reimbursement payments to health insurance companies appear to have strong support in the U.S. Senate.

The measure negotiated by U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D- Wash., has 12 Republican and 12…

October 15, 2017

President Donald Trump’s reckless move on Friday to end federal reimbursement payments to health insurance companies will only exacerbate the problems afflicting the country’s health care system and likely drive insurance premiums out of reach for millions of Americans.

Those payments,…

October 08, 2017

A series of events this weekend across the city celebrated the 100th birthday of legendary jazz musician Thelonious Monk.

Monk was born on Oct. 10, 1917, to Thelonious and Barbara Monk in Rocky Mount. The family moved to New York City in 1922, but throughout his life Monk would always tell people,…

October 04, 2017

His voice bore a little bit of the weariness of early Bob Dylan. His Rickenbacker guitar echoed those shimmering hooks by the Byrds. But the heart and soul in Tom Petty’s music was all his own.

He belonged to all of us, really. He slipped onto the radio and into the passenger seat of our cars…

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