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Julie Porter spent a recent morning cruising through neighborhoods along Statesville Avenue, stopping every so often to show me the redevelopment work of her organization, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership.

From an editorial Friday in the Winston-Salem Journal:

Eight years ago, an 11-year-old Monroe girl gave a long hug to the only father she ever knew, then walked with her younger brother and sister toward a gate at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. They were flying to Guatemala to live with their mother, who had been deported.

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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

Eric Frazier, Associate Editor

Eric Frazier joined the editorial board in 2014. A South Carolina native, he graduated from the College of Charleston and Columbia University. He has been a reporter and editor at the Observer since 1998, and has won state and national awards for coverage of issues ranging from capital punishment to child welfare. Reach him at

“Charles Manson has applied for a license to marry his 26-year-old girlfriend, who calls herself ‘Star.’ There you go, folks, another eHarmony success story.”

On a recent episode of NBC’s prime-time drama “Parenthood,” Drew, the lovable grandson in need of a haircut, struggled with an age-old decision: declaring a major. Coming from a low-income, single-parent household, he felt obligated to choose a practical course of study – economics – that would guarantee him a paycheck.

Historic. Such is the ubiquitous description of the climate agreement recently announced in Beijing in which China promised for the first time to cap carbon emissions.

Writing the opinion for the 3-2 majority, Chief Justice Jean Toal outlined the history of the 21-year-old lawsuit filed by educators in some of the poorest school districts in the state. In 1993 they argued that South Carolina’s funding formula unfairly disadvantaged rural or impoverished districts. The initial lawsuit was dismissed and then appealed, but the case was not tried until 2003.

Gosh, Mr. President, that’s not what they meant by “execute the law.”

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