Sunday sampler

Many newspapers feature “top stories of 2019” on their front pages. But there are other stories that interest me more.

Burlington: This story originally appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times a few days ago, but it popped onto the Times-News front page today. It’s about a 15-year-old high school student in Buncombe County who was tired of seeing her classmates wearing depictions of the Confederate battle flag on their clothing. So, she organized a protest. “(Some students) think that it is expressing their Southern pride, and that’s the reason why it’s not a bad thing for them to wear it at school. But I don’t feel like they understand that it’s a hate symbol to people of color.” And, of course, high school kids reacted the stupid way you’d think they would.

High Point: High Point has a problem on one part of S. Main Street. “We (along with several other local businesses) are unable to feel confident that we could provide a safe atmosphere for both our employees and customers to do business in,” the post read. So far, two businesses have closed because of crime. The Enterprise takes a look.

Lenoir: Guy Lucas, publisher of the News-Topic explains why he is eliminating the opinion pages on weekdays. (Behind the paywall, but here’s the front page.) He confronts head-on an issue that every newspaper is facing.

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