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The City should show its overdue appreciation to Jerry Orr by naming him honorary Airport Manager Emeritus and assigning him to work for one year alongside the current manager.

Roger Goodell did a very good job at being very sorry this week.

The airlines started it, this business of adding extra fees to travel, for baggage and the like. But hotels, The Associated Press reported this week, are signing on to this gouge-the-customer game.

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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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The Obama administration is exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.

At last the National Felon League is getting serious about on and off the field violence.

Labor Day – that mocking reminder that this nation once honored workers – is upon us again, posing the nagging question of why the economy ceased to reward work. Was globalization the culprit? Technological change? Anyone seeking a more fundamental answer should pick up the September issue of the Harvard Business Review and check out William Lazonick’s seminal essay on U.S. corporations, “Profits Without Prosperity.”

This past Tuesday was Women’s Equality Day, an annual celebration of the women and men who advocated for universal suffrage and women’s rights. In America, that journey to suffrage was long and hard-fought by women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Their story of persevering against convention and social acceptance is inspiring – and sad. Neither woman lived long enough to see the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, though in their lifetime they did see women being admitted to co-ed colleges and joining the ranks of professional workers in growing numbers.

New menu item: “The Bite-the-hand-that-feeds-you-burger,” topped with a Chiquita banana.

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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.

McClatchy cartoons for the week of 8/24/14
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