The Editors' Blog

  • New N&O series to examine Medicaid services, management

    Posted by Steve Riley on July 4, 2014

    Coming this weekend: The News & Observer takes aim at the vexing questions surrounding North Carolina's Medicaid program. The series, "Critical Condition," will puncture some myths and dig deep on NC Medicaid problems.


  • Remembering the surprising Hurricane Bertha

    Posted by Dan Barkin on July 2, 2014

    I pulled into town here to work at this newspaper 18 years ago this month. My first day of work was on Monday, July 15, 1996. Three days earlier, a hurricane named Bertha had walloped the coast and counties inland.


  • CNBC survey: Silicon Valley must have been an accident

    Posted by Dan Barkin on June 30, 2014

    CNBC has ranked North Carolina as one of the top states for business. Aside from the absolute accuracy of the North Carolina ranking, I have a few concerns about this survey.


  • The dilemma of student debt

    Posted by Dan Barkin on June 9, 2014

    President Obama took action Monday that he said would help some 5 million more borrowers lower the monthly payments on their student loans. This is probably a smart issue to focus on, because there are a lot of folks out there who owe a lot of money.


  • NC’s declining Labor Force Participation Rate, and what to make of it

    Posted by Dan Barkin on May 29, 2014

    Some pundits worry about the declining Labor Force Participation Rate, the percentage of people 16 and older who are either working or unemployed but looking for work. One paper says its not all about discouraged workers.


  • An honest municipal tweet

    Posted by Dan Barkin on May 23, 2014

    The City of Wilmington lets its residents know that they’re working to fix the yard waste trucks. I liked that.


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