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Why have so many people had an unsettling feeling about Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ leadership over the past few months? Consider Wednesday, which continued a pattern.

From an editorial Tuesday in the (Raleigh) News & Observer:

In spite of Forum writer Mike Vee’s insistence on his constitutional right to carry his permitted weapon into Harris Teeter – a well known hangout for gang members, terrorists, etc. – his tone of belligerence and aggression suggests concerns and issues beyond and apart from protection of family and Constitution.

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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

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

Eric Frazier, Associate Editor

Eric Frazier joined the editorial board in 2014. A South Carolina native, he graduated from the College of Charleston and Columbia University. He has been a reporter and editor at the Observer since 1998, and has won state and national awards for coverage of issues ranging from capital punishment to child welfare. Reach him at

A major transformation is underway and that affects every business in Charlotte.

“Governor seeks options for unused lane...” Must be the road to re-election.

The Koch brothers are done being shy. That’s the conclusion one would have to draw from their announcement that they hope to spend $889 million on the 2016 election, an unprecedented amount of outside money. It won’t all be theirs – they’re assembling a kind of plutocrat Politburo, a group of billionaires and zillionaires who will contribute – but with a combined worth of over $80 billion, they’ll surely be the ones opening their wallets the widest and determining the strategy and the agenda.

We should have seen this one coming.

But so was, “Atta boy, Ernie!” The exclamation of the Cubs’ broadcasters grew with each of the 512 home runs Banks would hit over his 19-year career with the Cubs. The announcer’s call became the cry of jubilant fans as Ernie made his 11 All-Star appearances and won the National League’s first-ever back-to-back Most Valuable Player Awards. And the man initially known for being the first black player ever to call lily-white Wrigley Field home, became forever the beloved, “Mr. Cub.”

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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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