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N.C. Republican Thom Tillis had the high ground in his U.S. Senate race last week – for about five seconds.

It is clear we must act now if we are to avoid the most “disastrous effects” of a warming planet.

When Charlotte’s City Council met privately last year, members were to talk about keeping the NFL’s Carolina Panthers in town. They talked about a lot more than that, though, and now a Superior Court judge’s approval of their actions threatens to rewrite what politicians statewide can and can’t do behind closed doors.

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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

My Monday blog post about white supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross, aka F. Glenn Miller, accused in ...

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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.

America is like a charter school – some problems, outside critics, avalanche of applicants.

From Korey H. Coon, chair of the N.C. Commission of Workforce Development and human resources director for Caterpillar, Inc.’s Building Construction Products Division: Economic developers will tell you workforce is always among the top three items companies consider when they expand or relocate, and the demand for skilled workers continues to be a concern for business and industry in North Carolina. Employers are struggling to fill positions in advanced manufacturing, health sciences, engineering and other STEM-related areas – jobs like surgical technologists, machine maintenance workers and electrical linemen.

The 50th anniversary of passage of the Civil Rights Act is also the 50th anniversary of the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Barry Goldwater, voting against the Civil Rights Act.

When I learned that the man accused of shooting innocent bystanders last week at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement home in Kansas City was a former Klansman named Glenn Miller, I shuddered.

Well, Hillary Clinton has given us a lot to think about, again.

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