Tar Heel Editors Speak Out

… A funny thing has happened in [Gov. Roy] Cooper’s first year of office. For whatever reasons, the GOP leadership and Cooper have found it advantageous to work together — occasionally.

Let’s not get carried away here. Coop and [Senate President Pro Tempore Phil] Berger aren’t exactly trading s’mores and singing campfire songs. But who would have thought the Democratic governor and GOP leadership would find common ground at all?

And yet they have. They put aside partisan differences long enough to cobble together a giant incentives package of $1.5 billion in an unsuccessful attempt to attract a Toyota-Mazda auto plant to North Carolina. More recently, they are making small overtures, at last, in an effort to expand Medicaid. …

With new leadership in Raleigh and in Washington, the landscape is growing more interesting. And maybe, just maybe, Cooper and the legislature can forge a pact that will work for all of us.

— Rocky Mount Telegram

In his first State of the Union address to Congress, President Donald J. Trump pitched immigration overhaul, called for infrastructure and emphasized that “Americans are dreamers too.” …

He could have chosen to deliver the usual “laundry list” of promises that would have pleased Washington for a short while, said author Tiberiu Dianu. “Instead, he opted to deliver a passionate and very humane discourse, displayed on a tapestry of real stories featuring ordinary Americans, a few representatives of whom were invited to join the audience.” …

It was galvanizing and it followed his presidential theme of Make America Great Again. Mr. Trump is doing just that.

— Carteret County News-Times

… For over a decade, the newspaper industry has been trying to keep its footing in a business environment upended by the digital-media revolution. The good news is that newspapers now have far more readers and a variety of new ways to immediately deliver content.

The bad news is that the digital business has proven far less profitable than print.

So for now, at least, revenue from good-old ink on paper is essential for keeping newsrooms staffed. …

So it was a terrible blow for newspapers and folks who value them when the Department of Commerce recently slapped tariffs on paper imported from Canada, the primary supplier for newspapers and a lot of other paper-reliant American industries. …

If you want newspapers to stay viable and would like to help thousands of Americans from a variety of industries keep their jobs, contact the Commerce Department, Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Rep. Mark Walker and let them know this misguided and unneeded action needs to be reversed. …

— The Times-News, Burlington

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