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Circuit court cheers student speech rights

Schoolwork may become homework if the coronavirus closes classrooms, but school rules are less likely to hitch a ride home with socially distanced teenagers this fall. A rural Pennsylvania high …

It’s time to expand Medicaid in NC

Our communities are suffering great losses — lost graduation celebrations, lost jobs and, most painful of all, lost loved ones. We are grieving together, and I am so proud of the way my community …

It’s OK to say ‘Black Lives Matter’

Once again, a North Carolina leader is under fire for responding to a “Black Lives Matter” inquiry with the “All Lives Matter” retort. After being asked to allow a “Black Lives Matter” …

We can never know enough about Jesus

A song on the playlist sent me back 35 years at least. I was transported in my mind back to the living room of my best friend’s home. I was doing my best to impress the judges — my two best …

Workers without college degrees deserve a chance to compete

An FBI special agent, a corrections officer and a postal program analyst have few duties in common, but their jobs have the same qualification: a four-year college degree. Jailers and gun-toting, …
Ned Walsh

Get your knee off my brother’s neck

In the Old Testament story, the character of Cain, having murdered his brother, Abel, answers God in a sarcastic tone, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The three major world religions — …

Senate can't shirk police reform duty

Police stormed Breonna Taylor’s apartment as she slept and sprayed her with gunfire, leaving the 26-year-old emergency medical technician to die in a pool of blood. The Louisville …
Ned Walsh

Mail-in voting: It’s safe here

The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly affect the logistics of how we cast our votes in the November elections. I have little doubt Johnston County will see a surge in requests for mail-in …
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