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In an otherwise unhinged diatribe, the Islamic State’s chief spokesman made a boast that is uncomfortably close to the truth:

From an editorial in Tuesday’s Washington Post:

In doing so, they cited the need to improve access between Raleigh and “the busy port of Hampton Roads.”

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THE OBSERVER'S EDITORIAL STAFF

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 tbatten@charlotteobserver.com.

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 fflono@charlotteobserver.com.

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 pstonge@charlotteobserver.com.

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 ksiers@charlotteobserver.com.

N.C. Rep. Bill Brawley joined a packed room full of recipients of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine...

Daily Views

The last lunch hour of the summer was like many others outside the White House gates.

Last week Barack Obama became the third president of our last four to announce sustained military action in Iraq. The sense of deja vu can be numbing. Everything is not the same, of course, yet even some of the differences this time around contain elements of similarity.

For the first time in the five years since the Copenhagen climate conference ended with a dismal, eleventh-hour whimper, world leaders are huddling again in the hopes of cobbling together some sort of deal that could rein in greenhouse gas emissions and take the worst of the sting out of climate change.

On tree destruction Hugo pales in comparison to Tropical Storm Development.

While recently shopping at a department store I had a chance encounter with the sweetest elderly lady. We made small talk while standing near the register waiting to be checked out. The conversation eventually drifted into what I do. “I’m a teacher,” I said with pride. She swiftly replied with the most sincere smile and said, “Oh, God bless you. They just don’t pay you enough for what you do.” I kindly thanked her. We exchanged pleasantries and parted ways.

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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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