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As a veteran state representative, Mecklenburg’s Tricia Cotham was encouraged by the first meeting of a legislative task force on teacher pay in February. The task force included 10 non-legislative members of the education community – unusual for such a committee – and those members were told they would discuss and propose solutions about how to better pay the state’s teachers.

How many children have to die before we stop it!

This editorial appeared on Bloomberg View on Wednesday: Have you changed your passwords since the security flaw known as Heartbleed emerged?

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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.

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From Amy Strange, deputy director for campaign finance and operations at the state Board of Elections, in response to “Feds eye Cannon’s campaign in probe” (April 13):

One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

Twenty-four dollars.

When our longtime family doctor retired in the early 1960s, he was, according to my mother, charging the same amount for an office visit as he did in the 1930s when she and my father first became his patients. I always thought that was a bit of an exaggeration and it probably was but not much of one. The routine visit still hadn’t reached $10.

Fire the guy who puts out the “BUMP” road signs and hire someone to fix them!

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