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For years, North Carolina got in the way of preventing babies’ deaths. Now it’s taking a step toward fixing that.

We are Charlotteans who moved to Alabama one year ago and sadly have observed all your points and their devastating results. Indeed, mid-management and higher jobs have disappeared as have options to vote moderately. A physician rules the governor’s office, denying health insurance for so many poor.

From an editorial in Sunday’s Fayetteville Observer:

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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

N.C. Rep. Bill Brawley joined a packed room full of recipients of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine...

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One of the most surprising ads in the U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and state Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis features a special education teacher from Yadkin County named Judy Wilburn.

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President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep” – even if the president resists it – is baked in from the start.

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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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