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On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, the mayor and aldermen of the Kernersville Town Council held a hearing in which they failed in their duties as elected officials on three counts.But before I get into dereliction of duty, let me remind the reader of the role of an alderman. The modern definitio…

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Social media, news programs, blogs, and newspapers have given significant coverage to the newly drawn voting districts that have been challenged before the North Carolina Supreme Court. However, this information is often confusing and sometimes wrong. How and where to vote can seem so compli…

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In his recent opinion piece, “Cooper mutes the screams of victims,” Jim Longworth argues that Governor Cooper “muted the voices … of two innocent victims” by commuting the sentence of April Barber, a woman who had served 36 years in prison for murders she committed at the age of 15.

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As a candidate and former representative of Greensboro City Council District 5, I urge residents to beware of a political tactic to increase your taxes without calling the plan a tax increase.

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Guilford County is sitting at a great crossroads; an educational precipice if you have eyes to see. We are at a point where we could see the substandard treatment of public education by our county in the rear-view mirror of our lives. After the final destruction of our educational system tha…

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Reading Jim Longworth’s column for the March 16-22 issue (“Too Many ‘I’s’ in TEAM These Days”), I found myself nodding in agreement to several of the points he made early in his piece. However, his column veers into a nostalgic tirade of a time in college sports which has been propped up as …

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Guilford County Schools (GCS) has developed a standard mode of operation which is to give parents and staff short notice on major issues and tell them the Board of Education is in agreement/approved the initiative. Staff and parents are then intimidated to toe the line. Gateway Learning Cent…

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In a recent school board meeting, the “consent agenda” included an item D, 2020 -2021 Budget Amendments / Transfers Report. 

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With all due respect to Jim Longworth, I’m dismayed by his March 3 column “Confederates of all colors,” which accepts John Stauffer’s dubious claim that over 3,000 Black men fought in the Confederate army.

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We’ve heard a lot in recent months from Republican legislators about partisan NC judges overstepping their power by reigning in the General Assembly. The truth is that the seeds of politicizing our courts were planted and tended to by Republican legislative majorities for the last decade. In…

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As an educational leader and president of the Guilford County Association of Educators (GCAE), I feel a deep sense of loss to learn that Superintendent Dr. Sharon L. Contreras will be departing GCS in August. Dr. Contreras’ departure will be a loss for our district’s students, teachers, and …

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You’ve probably heard of Greensboro Pride – the large festival that takes over South Elm Street in Downtown Greensboro each September, bringing in performances, vendors, and thousands of attendees.

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MerleFest. Mountain Song. Maggie Valley.

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In May 2021, more than 100 local professionals who work in the fields of mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and substance use disorder provided a letter to Winston-Salem City Council recommending a mental health alternative response program wherein 911 dispatchers are t…

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r children starting kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will end April 23, 2021. Also, in 2021, district staff are preparing the first major review of its Student Assignment Plan since School Choice was implemented in 1995.

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"The Educated Youth" is my descriptor for a subset of the population of contemporary young people. By “young,” I mean those ranging in age from teenagers to their mid-thirties. “Educated” indicates those sufficiently informed on both marginalized communities and policy procedures to comprehe…

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As the nation begins to wind down from an exhausting Trump-era administration where chaos, contradiction, and following the rule of law has been subject to interpretation, is it any wonder why local Democratic voters are shocked and appalled at the most recent turn of events in local politics?

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Like so many others, I have watched with dismay the will of the people of North Carolina subverted because of the gerrymandering inflicted upon us by the Republican controlled General Assembly. We have been living with voting maps that don’t offer us fair representation and deliberately igno…