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Advisory committee says North Carolina should put more toward pensions

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s Debt Affordability Advisory Committee says the state should set aside $100 million a year to help the state pension systems remain solvent. A draft released …

JoCo to offer vaccines to essential workers Weds.

The Johnston County Health Department has scheduled a drive-thru clinic for North Carolina residents only (please bring ID) on Wednesday, March 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or until supplies last at West …

Free resources available for North Carolinians facing gambling problems

The Education Lottery is joining state and national efforts to raise awareness about problem gambling and the free counseling and treatment services available to anyone in North Carolina without having to leave their home.
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Politics not best interest of students To the editor: I left my position as a Dunn public school teacher because the politics that were driving us were not in the best interests of our students. Remote teaching, for me, was a …
RPM Act imperative to motorsports To the editor: I respectfully request that Congress pass the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act. The bipartisan RPM Act protects the right to convert an automobile or motorcycle into a …
No to government health care plans To the editor: With the election now over, Americans are facing terrifying uncertainty in what the future holds for health care. This uncertainty will quickly turn to panic once President Biden …
Editorials
Myths about  the Equality Act The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed H.R. 5, the Equality Act of 2021, which sound like a harmless measure to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination. But as a report …
A great record of service Marsha Johnson’s retirement — effective Monday — marks the end of a great public-service career. As Harnett County’s clerk of court, Mrs. Johnson and her staff oversee the …
A proposal to kill jobs As someone who grew up in poverty and worked much of her career to help others out of it, I know the importance of having a good job with a good income. It’s a way out of poverty for many. It …
This bill would promote fraud The right to vote is one of the most sacred rights that we as citizens can exercise. We select the individuals who will lead us and the policies we will live under in our daily lives. Yet the system …
Columnists
Wheeling and dealing aren’t for me ... If we had our way, we’d never purchase another vehicle. Buying a new car was just not part of our five-year plan. Isn’t it funny how life throws you curve balls? Just last week, my …
All things vaccine No topic in recent months has polarized Americans more than the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The recent introduction of vaccines to prevent the disease has only spurred more dissension among the …
Playing Whac-A-Mole with earmarks We’ve all read about the crazy pork barrel spending that members of Congress sneak into various appropriations bills. Things like the $223 million “Bridge to Nowhere,” in Alaska, a …
Reparations don’t buy justice, dignity or freedom The issue of reparations to Black Americans as payment for damage done as a result of years of legal slavery and subsequent discrimination is back on the table. The House Judiciary Committee just …
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