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    Letter grades can help make schools better

    We don’t envy Johnston school board members or Superintendent Ed Croom. Soon they will have to explain to anxious, perhaps angry parents why their child’s school received an F grade from the state while another school in Johnston received an A.

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    How should state pay for roads?

    My wife recently bought a new car. Well, not exactly “new new,” but “newly used.” Some experts say this is the best way to buy vehicles because you get an almost-new car without paying for the excessive depreciation that occurs when a brand-new car is driven off the lot...

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    College adding splashes of color

    The brilliant colors of the holiday season often heighten my awareness of drab when January rolls around. With lights dimmed, decorations stored and dark winter days the norm, we tend to retreat into the doldrums of a long winter’s nap. And so, in response to my sense of melancholy recently...

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    A daughter easily betters her father

    After a month at home, our daughter has returned to college. Her mother and I couldn’t be more proud. In her first semester at Western Carolina University, our daughter made friends, became active in campus life and, most important, came home for the holidays with a grade point average that...

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    Your Letters: Yur server needs those tips

    I have been thinking about writing on this for some time, and last week, when a server at work did not get a tip from someone who said they worked in the food-service industry, well, that was it.

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    Your Letters: Allow FCC to improve location accuracy for 9-1-1 calls

    If you or a loved one were in need of emergency help, you’d expect emergency operators to be able to find you when you called 9-1-1. The unfortunate reality for North Carolinians is that a large percentage of calls to 9-1-1 from cell phones are delivered to dispatchers without location information...

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    Your Letters: ‘Ag-gag’ laws must be struck down

    We join the rest of the world in mourning the brave staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, gunned down by religious fanatics for defending freedom of the press.

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    2014: The year in quotes

    Each year, state lawmakers and observers make memorable comments that sum up the news of the day. The following are quotes from 2014 that reflect major news in state government and politics, with brief explanations to remind you of the issues.

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    What Internet knows can be a little scary

    I have always been a fan of technology. As a kid, when the JCPenney catalog arrived in the mail, I flipped first to the electronics. From there, I made my Christmas wish list.

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    Clayton hospital will benefit all Johnstonians

    With completion of a three-story, 50-bed inpatient wing, Johnston Health now has a full-service hospital in Clayton. That’s good news for many reasons.

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