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Why are we talking about spending millions to establish toll roads in our vicinity instead of looking to the future and applying that money to sustainable projects instead?

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

Unanswered questions remain about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s use of cellphone surveillance in its investigations, but at least one truth has emerged: Charlotte, unlike other cities, has been at least somewhat forthcoming on the issue.

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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

The manner in which the Board of Education has handled the recent departure of Superintendent Heath Morrison was extremely disappointing – but perhaps not surprising. Whether Morrison was rightfully dismissed is secondary to the all-too-familiar lack of disclosure, internal jockeying and closed meeting deal making.

The state laws that barred nearly 6 million people with felony convictions from voting in the midterm elections this month date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Southern lawmakers were working feverishly to neutralize the black electorate.

The president said he’d transform this country. He’s a man of his word.

I recall vividly in the early 1980s spending 15 minutes walking 200 yards with my older faculty mentor from our offices to Davidson’s post office. Along the way, he greeted or was greeted by Davidson students, staff, other faculty and townspeople. For each there was a hearty “good morning” or a “you are looking so well,” or to an advisee, “how is your calculus class going?”

If he’s not careful, Gov. Pat McCrory may be on course to have a “Pence problem” in 2015.

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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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