Tar Heel Editors Speak Out

“Carjacked? Should’ve thought twice before driving that luxury sedan through a rough neighborhood.”

“Intruder in your home? Why on earth didn’t you install a security system?”

Those statements are plainly absurd, yet victims of sexual assault routinely face similar interrogatives, encountering doubt and suspicion when they notify family members and friends that they’ve been attacked. …

False rape claims are exceedingly rare. … Casting doubt on the victims who courageously come forward only discourages them from reporting sexual assault for fear of being shamed, judged and criticized. That cycle of silence harms the community by leaving violent sexual predators free to continue their crimes. …

— The Wilson Times

… The N.C. General Assembly in recent years has drafted legislation that would take public notices out of newspapers and exile them to poorly visited government websites. Such a change would further cloak the actions of local governments who already too often look for ways to conduct business in closed session. …

A better piece of legislation in the House and Senate follows a compromise adopted in 2012 by the Florida Legislature. Under its provisions, legal notices would continue to run in general circulation newspapers, but the notices also would have to be published on the newspapers’ websites and on a website operated by the N.C. Press Association. …

Let’s keep public notices in ink on paper and on newspaper websites that generate far more traffic than ones operated by government agencies. Good government starts with a well informed public.

— Rocky Mount Telegram

While he was on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump boasted that he would turn things around in Washington in a hurry and made it sound like all he had to do was kick a few butts, issue a few edicts and reverse some policies put in place by his predecessor.

But after a couple of months in office it seems he might be learning that the job of running the world’s most important democracy might be a little harder than he thought.

Trump has reversed himself on a number of issues lately, signaling that he is beginning to view his job in a more realistic light.

Trump is known for his flexibility, his ability to assess a situation quickly and cut a deal. That’s good because he will have to do more of it to make his presidency work. …

We believe he is just growing into the job, taking in new information and adapting to the situations presented to him. This … shows a maturing president who is smart enough to read the handwriting on the wall.

— The Goldsboro News-Argus



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