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What’s the big deal about Chiquita leaving? We’re getting the money back, for heaven’s sake.

This is a story about good government.

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THE OBSERVER'S EDITORIAL STAFF

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 tbatten@charlotteobserver.com.

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 pstonge@charlotteobserver.com.

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 ksiers@charlotteobserver.com.

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 efrazier@charlotteobserver.com.

Just over a week ago, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and system president Tom Ross issued a “joint statement” announcing the Board’s decision to “begin the process of leadership transition.” The first public step in that transition was the forced resignation of President Ross. The board acknowledged its decision had nothing to do with Ross’s “performance or ability to continue in the office” and was made despite the board’s belief that he “has been a wonderful president” with a “fantastic work ethic” and “perfect integrity” who “worked well with [the] Board.” When asked, board chairman John Fennebresque emphasized that neither age nor politics played a role in the decision.

President Barack Obama last week proposed raising taxes on the rich in order to fund programs that will benefit the middle class. “The notion … that in order for some people to do better, someone has to do worse is just not true,” GOP Sen. Marco Rubio said.

Here’s some practical advice to those who didn’t like President Obama’s swagger during his State of the Union address: Get used to it.

The unused lane is already taking a toll.

From Ned Curran, Chairman of the Board of the North Carolina Department of Transportation:

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