Sunday sampler

It’s a shame that fewer and fewer people are reading newspapers because there is some good, important stuff in them. Take today, for example.

Burlington — The Times-News tells readers what the taxpayers in Alamance County are paying some of their public officials AND — this is important — how that pay is set. And in some cases, public employees are different from you and me.

Charlotte — Love this lead. “During a single four-hour workday last week, a Mecklenburg County grand jury heard 276 cases and handed down 276 indictments. That means the 18 jurors heard evidence, asked questions, weighed whether the charges merit a trial, then voted on the indictments – all at the average rate of one case every 52 seconds.” It’s the beginning of an insightful look at a secretive process that may not work very well.

Fayetteville and Winston-Salem and Charlotte — I’m a sucker for informational stories about politics, as opposed to the horse-race, who’s ahead stories. Both the Fayetteville Observer and the Journal use a chunk of their front pages to tell their readers what’s coming up and why it’s important. This go-round, Fayetteville describes what’s at stake; the Journal takes on who pays for it all. Given that the political process is controlled primarily by voters and big money — that’s right, the political process doesn’t represent everyone — information is key. Meanwhile, Charlotte looks more deeply at Thom Tillis and his run for the Senate seat held by Kay Hagan, and whether it’s wise.

Greensboro and High Point — Both the News & Record and the Enterprise tell the compelling story of Heather Richardson, High Point’s entrant in the Olympics. Both stories are good. The News & Record’s is told through her parents; the Enterprise’s is more of a traditional profile. Give you someone to root for in the speed skating events.


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