The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

Opinion & Letters to the Editor
  • More Americans are stuck in part-time work

    WASHINGTON - New government data slated for release Thursday is expected to show the economy added more than 200,000 jobs for the fifth straight month - the longest streak since the late 1990s.

    July 2, 2014

  • Americans falling out of love with shopping malls

    WASHINGTON - Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts almost 14,000 members; a Google search of "dead malls" produces 5.7 million results; and the desolate interiors of these unused retailing meccas keep making cameos in thrillers and horror films.

    July 2, 2014

  • Brenda Kays SCC meets growing interest in health care with new campus

    Stanly Community College is committed to identifying changing trends in our region and economy and to adjust our programs accordingly.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Paul O’Connor It’s not the same old press corps

    The late-Sen. Jesse Helms could have a sense of humor about his stormy relationship with the state’s news media.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 4.21.43 PM.png A messaging app that doesn't use words at all

    About 10,000 people have signed up for usernames for a chat app that isn't even out yet: It's an instant messenger app that uses no words at all — not even "Yo" or "Hodor!" Instead, it employs only emoji icons.

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • What states can do on their own about immigration

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It's official: Congress won't take up immigration reform this year. This week, President Barack Obama said he'll use executive actions to change policies unilaterally.

    July 1, 2014

  • 090302-correctioncosts-hmed-1p.grid-6x2.jpg A statistical blind spot that makes the US crime rate seem lower than it is

    Imagine an American city with 2.2 million people, making it the fourth largest in the nation. Now imagine that city is a place where residents suffer routine violence and cruelty at rates unlike anywhere else in the country, where they are raped and beaten with alarming frequency by their neighbors and even the city officials who are paid to keep them safe. Now imagine that we, as a nation, didn't consider the vast majority of that violence to be criminal or even worth recording. That is, in effect, the state of the U.S. correctional system today.

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jason O. Boyd You can fool me some of the time, but I’m not that gullible

    I don’t consider myself gullible in the least bit.
    But I used to be.

    June 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mike Walden Is small now the new big?

    As a culture, we have often celebrated bigness. The biggest fish caught, the biggest skyscraper built or even the biggest ball of twine wound (I think it’s around 12 feet in diameter) will all get our attention. It’s probably related to an attitude that more is better than less.

    June 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wanna write a pop song? Here's a foolproof equation

    BATH, England - Pop songs (generally) stay in one key, are in 4/4 time, last between three and five minutes, are organized into chunks of four or eight bars, have a repeating chorus played two to four times, include the title sung at least three times, and feature short melodic fragments that repeat a lot to help everyone to remember them.

    June 27, 2014

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