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I had no idea “God bless” could sound so creepy.

From an editorial Wednesday in the (Raleigh) News & Observer:

Jim Pendergraph and Chipp Bailey have guided the Mecklenburg County sheriff’s department with steady leadership for the past 20 years. Now Bailey is retiring, and it’s not at all clear that Mecklenburg’s next sheriff will be as qualified.

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Taylor Batten, Editorial Page Editor
Taylor Batten became editorial page editor in 2008, the day Bank of America bought Merrill Lynch. He grew up in Miami, went to Duke and Harvard and covered business and politics before holding a series of editing and management jobs. He and his staff have won first place for editorial writing and editorial pages in N.C. Press Association competitions. Reach him at

Peter St. Onge, Associate Editor

Peter St. Onge has been a member of the editorial board since 2011. A New Hampshire native, Peter came to the Observer in 1999. He has been honored with national awards in news writing, investigations, business writing, sports writing and feature writing. He lives in south Charlotte with his wife and two sons. Reach him at

Kevin Siers, Editorial Cartoonist

A native of Minnesota, Kevin Siers has been drawing editorial cartoons for the Observer since 1987. He began his cartooning career by drawing editorial cartoons for his hometown community newspaper between shifts working in the local iron ore mines north of Duluth. His Observer cartoons today are distributed nationwide by King Features Syndicate. Reach him at

Observer endorsements

The Observer editorial board is offering its picks on some races on the Nov. 4 ballot. Endorsements will be listed below as they are published
    U.S. SENATE:
      • Disappointment vs. danger

    U.S. HOUSE:
      • Hudson, Adams best for Congress

    Recommendations for the state legislature

      • Bonds a worthy reinvestment
      • Sales tax approval would help educators

      • Our endorsements for Meck races

      • For the NC Supreme Court, Court of Appeals
      • Meck. Superior Court, Dist. Court, Clerk of Superior Court

      • 5 questions about our endorsements

    The mainstream media is missing the importance of the Latino vote in the upcoming local, state and national elections.

    While that is an obvious and inevitable truth, unfortunately the Charlotte region is stuck in a state of limbo; we are seemingly unable to help ourselves.

    Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it’s not.

    Just when we thought we had been flooded with political ads the tsunami begins.

    “A man in a President Obama mask robbed a store recently. Police describe him as ‘armed and incapable of reforming immigration.’”

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    Editorial cartoonist Kevin Siers, who for the last quarter century has skewered political egos across the Carolinas with the tip of a paintbrush, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize on Monday.

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