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Does race still matter? It’s a question that was at the heart of the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday allowing Michigan voters to ban affirmative action at the state’s public universities.

Mary Willingham is calling it quits. The learning specialist said Monday she will resign from the University of North Carolina at the end of the semester. She helped blow the whistle on phony classes tailored to help athletes remain academically eligible. She also raised accusations that some athletes were basically illiterate.

I’m concerned about the projected increase in my electricity cost due to Duke Energy’s ash pond debacle.

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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

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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.

Great American entrepreneurial legends from Henry Ford to Steve Jobs have always been quick to admit success is seldom just about what we can do for ourselves. America has a long and proud history of creating innovations that change the world and make a difference in the lives of others.

This 62-year-old Eagle Scout is sadly disappointed that the Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church in Seattle. The Scouts’ national office stated that the “policy of the Boy Scouts of America does not allow open or avowed homosexuals to serve as volunteer adult leaders.” A 49-year-old Eagle Scout who was otherwise qualified to serve as a scouting volunteer will now be forbidden to do so based on this proclaimed “Scout Law.” I find this “policy” irreconcilable with the teachings afforded me during my scouting days.

Geometrically speaking, it just can’t happen, architects sniff. Yet people who work for presidents or cover them for a living know that it does.

It was an angry book. Much of the response was angry, too. Some towns banned it, some towns burned it. Every town talked about it.

Those new lanes will get us to airport security lines much faster!

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