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State and federal leaders are saying all the right things about stopping the half-billion dollar annual robbery dishonest businesses have gotten away with in North Carolina because of lax government oversight and enforcement. But seeing will be believing.

This month, I mark 30 years at the Observer (20 of them as an editorial writer and columnist), and I’ve decided to retire. It’s been a wonderful journey.

With all due respect to my fellow Lumbee, Mr. Tracy Strickland, I must vehemently disagree with several of his assertions regarding the use of the term “redskin.” He and I come from the same Lumbee generation, and I absolutely resent being labeled a “redskin.” In fact, I will not stand by and allow someone to address me by that name without some type of swift response.

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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

Fannie Flono, Associate Editor

Fannie Flono has written editorials and columns for the editorial board since 1993. She has won awards for investigative reporting, education reporting, editorials and column writing. She held a number of jobs at The Observer, including political editor and city editor, before moving to the editorial board. Reach her 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

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Kevin Siers

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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