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Many voters don’t realize it, but the most consequential N.C. Supreme Court election in a decade will be decided Nov. 4.

This report makes “basket weaving” classes look scholarly.

For years, teachers across North Carolina have been told one thing and shown another.

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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

Observer endorsements

The Observer editorial board is offering its picks on some races on the Nov. 4 ballot. Endorsements will be listed below as they are published

Reading editorials of those opposing marriage equality, I am reminded of that prophetic phrase of Franklin Roosevelt, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” I have read fears that marriage equality will destroy the family unit, perpetuate evil and moral erosion, foster communism, and lead to the destruction of our democracy.

As Texas Ebola fears subside with the calming passage of time, we should remind ourselves that the dangers have not passed. And, as we direct prayers toward the Georgia and Maryland bio-isolation units where two Dallas nurses are fighting the disease contracted here, the nation continues to evaluate how to improve on an initially shaky response.

So two U.S. senators, a Republican and a Democrat, are marooned for a week on a deserted island...

The Wi-Fi at the stadium is more reliable than the Panthers.

With the flu season upon us and the specter of Ebola spreading, it is time to think seriously about banning shaking hands.

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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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