The Editors' Blog

  • Should NC consolidate its small school districts?

    Posted by Dan Barkin on November 17, 2014

    According to data kept by the Department of Public Instruction, almost 80 school systems in North Carolina have less than 10,000 students apiece. More than 25 school districts have less than 3,000 students each, which is the annual enrollment growth in Wake County.


  • Decoding NASCAR

    Posted by Dan Barkin on November 11, 2014

    Sunday they will be running the last race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season in Florida. It will decide the championship, and you may be confused if you know nothing about NASCAR and happen to find the race while flipping channels.


  • Technology and Stuff

    Posted by Dan Barkin on October 30, 2014

    One of the differences between the media and social media was on display Wednesday night after the Giants won the World Series.


  • Once upon a time, Republicans liked Judge Cogburn. Really.

    Posted by Dan Barkin on October 15, 2014

    In the aftermath of the gay marriage ruling by Judge Max Cogburn, a stroll down memory lane, including the records of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, for one thing.


  • History, late on a Friday afternoon

    Posted by Dan Barkin on October 10, 2014

    It started on Monday morning, when the U.S. Supreme Court, in a moment of Seinfeldian jurisprudence, got things going by doing nothing. Well, not nothing, but close to nothing.


  • Those puzzling Southern unemployment numbers

    Posted by Dan Barkin on October 6, 2014

    North Carolina has company in some contradictory economic statistics. Whether things are getting better or worse may depend on what party you’re in and which data you cite.


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