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As many parents know, sports and other extracurricular activities can be great for kids. They offer discipline and purpose to children who need it, and they give students a way to connect with peers. A bonus: The threat of losing those activities can be a powerful motivator to students less-than-excited about school work.

Forum writer Linda Simpson’s rhetorical question “is that fair” in reference to Yessica Ochoa and her daughter seeking refuge in Charlotte makes me wonder what kind of lens Simpson looks through when viewing fellow human beings.

From an editorial in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday:

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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

If you're a close follower of North Carolina politics, a weekend Washington Post profile of state...

Daily Views

The National Safety Council commends the North Carolina Medical Board, which announced in June new clinical policy for the treatment of pain. This important action will improve the practice of medicine in North Carolina and will save the lives of many North Carolinians.

Democrats are feeling blue about Georgia, and they like it: Namely, in difficult midterm elections, the party is positioned to take over a Republican-held Senate seat and the governorship.

The eighth-grade boy I mentor had been suspended for calling his substitute teacher a bitch, loudly enough that a teacher’s aide heard. Until this incident, he had been making real progress with his behavior problems in school. He had worked for almost a year to rebuild his trouble-making reputation, and now, with one stupid act last October, he had undone it all.

Standing 1,776-feet-tall at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, the Freedom Tower is America’s tallest building – and a tribute to Americans’ resilience and resourcefulness.

Question. Do toll roads count as more “funk”?

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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.

McClatchy cartoons for the week of 7/20/14
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