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“I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when looked at in the right way did not become still more complicated.”

Last spring, I had one of the greatest pleasures an editor can ever have. I was sitting along the first-base line in BB&T Ballpark, waiting for a Charlotte Knights game to begin, when I got word that Observer editorial cartoonist Kevin Siers had won the Pulitzer Prize. It is the most prestigious honor in journalism.

The Christmas decorations are up at the governor’s mansion, and Gov. Pat McCrory picked out a rockin’ theme for the library. Albums from the Rolling Stones and others adorn the mantle, and McCrory’s vinyl Led Zeppelin albums are attached to four wreaths.

Nearly every day, week after week and year after year, as I walked back to the Observer from grabbing a sandwich, I’d see the same homeless man.

The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago today was a singular moment in world history, ending the Cold War and spreading freedom to millions. It touched few people in America, though, like it did Charlotte’s Kurt Waldthausen.

The single voting-law change that will affect the most North Carolinians on Tuesday – well over a million of them – is also the least discussed.

Shortly before Judge Frank Whitney sentenced former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon to prison last week, he took note of Cannon’s extraordinary climb from humble beginnings.

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Near the bottom of the ballot, next to the Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor race, is a $35 million question for Mecklenburg voters this fall.

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Taylor Batten
Taylor Batten is The Observer's editorial page editor.
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