Tar Heel Editors Speak Out

Headlines hint at the lasting effects of today’s opioid crisis. … Addicts put not only their own lives at risk; they also endanger their children. The trauma and upheaval this brings into young lives can derail their development and set them on the wrong path.

A household in the grip of addiction is a household where children are being neglected at best, and abused at worst. …

The opioid crisis continues to snowball, and it threatens to snowball right into another generation. We can’t let that happen.

— The Salisbury Post

Some … liberals are spouting hatred for Republicans and Trump supporters.

Greg Moreilli, owner of Max’s Deli in Highland Park, Ill., near Chicago, tweeted, “Soon as I heard the Las Vegas shooting was country music, I felt relief. White people shooting white people isn’t terror … it’s community outreach.”

His tweet, deleted, spurred a backlash, prompting him to apologize.

He received death threats, calls to boycott his business and dozens of one-star reviews on Yelp. …

Illustrating his leftist political leanings following the shooting, former CBS News anchor Scott Pelley questioned whether the [Las Vegas massacre] was “foreseeable, predictable and to some degree, self-inflicted.”

In a campaign of demonization and dehumanization of Republicans and Trump support[ers] — the Deplorables — the liberal left just can’t accept the fact that their candidate had no message and foundered, and she and they lost the election.

— Carteret County News-Times

… General Motors announced two electric vehicle lines that the company will produce in the coming 18 months. GM said it will have more than 20 electric or hydrogen-cell vehicles on the roads by 2023. We expect other manufacturers will follow with similar plans. As technology creates longer-lasting batteries for electric vehicles, the public will speed its adoption of the cars — and soon, light trucks too. …

Once electric cars can routinely drive more than 200 miles on a single charge — an advance that isn’t far away — we can expect a broad consumer embrace of the technology. The Chevy Bolt is already there. So is the stillscarce Tesla Model 3. Others are closing in fast.

And every time someone buys one of them, our highway funds lose money. And yet, our highway needs will only grow. …

But how do we pay for them? … We still think there’s a case for tolling roads whose users are more from out of state. But the better solution for North Carolina drivers is to gradually replace the fuel tax with a highway use tax that’s based on the [number of] miles driven every year. …

— The Fayetteville Observer

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