The Editors' Blog

  • Woodrow Wilson: How not to feel like such a big deal

    Posted by Dan Barkin on January 14, 2015

    Today a group of new senators and representatives were sworn in at the General Assembly in Raleigh. Here’s a speech from nearly 101 years ago on how they should approach their new role.

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  • Covering the black gold, Texas tea story

    Posted by Dan Barkin on January 7, 2015

    We are in a transitional energy phase, and the transition is all over our newsprint. One of the challenges of editing a daily paper is connecting dots. Tuesday, we probably could have had a big box on 1A that said: "A directory to all the energy-related stories in today's paper."

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  • Why you’re feeling good about gasoline prices and Wall Street isn’t

    Posted by Dan Barkin on December 12, 2014

    A year ago, I was paying around a buck more per gallon. I figure that I will pay around $1,000 less on gasoline in 2015 at this rate. I’m feeling pretty good about this. So why is the drop in oil bothering the stock market so much?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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