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Does the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have a use-of-force problem?

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.

When is a house a home? That’s the question Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., confronted last week when The Washington Post reported that her listed address in New Orleans is in fact her parents’ home.

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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

New polling data from Gallup depict North Carolina voters as trending Republican and bearish on t...

Daily Views

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer combined.

1. Never look down on somebody who holds a job and rides the bus to the end of the line. These are the people who labor their whole lives but are never rewarded with tangible success. My father was one of those guys: never missed a day, never missed a beat and barely made a dime. But he taught my brother and me how to get a job done. Old Italians would grab their kids and say, “The more you have in there,” pointing to our heads, “the less you have to put on there,” pointing to our backs. My brother and I benefited from my father’s integrity, his stamina and his gratitude for having a job.

The sound of distant thunder heralded their approach. It wasn’t thunder, but the wingbeats of millions of passenger pigeons, at times as many as a hundred million.

Once a rising track star and top student, Jamal Tate suddenly found himself heading nowhere very fast.

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.

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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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