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My Turn, Your Turn with WECT Vice President & General Manager, Gary McNair

Each week, WECT will share its views on specific topics that impact our viewers in the Coastal Carolinas in our My Turn, Your Turn commentaries which air in WECT News at 6P on Tuesdays and WECT News at 5P on Thursdays. These commentaries will also be repeated in other WECT newscasts during the week.

We also want your feedback. If you have something you want to share, or you wish to provide us with a differing opinion you can e-mail us at: YourTurn@wect.com

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  • My turn: Feedback on coverage of tragic accident

    My turn: Feedback on coverage of tragic accident

    Thursday, March 23 2017 2:48 PM EDT2017-03-23 18:48:52 GMT

    We have heard from many of you this week about some of our coverage of the tragedy involving the young child hit and killed in a vehicle accident Tuesday evening. We sincerely appreciate the feedback. We take that to heart.

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    We have heard from many of you this week about some of our coverage of the tragedy involving the young child hit and killed in a vehicle accident Tuesday evening. We sincerely appreciate the feedback. We take that to heart.

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  • My turn: Coach Keatts moving on, UNCW feels the pressure

    My turn: Coach Keatts moving on, UNCW feels the pressure

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 12:34 PM EDT2017-03-21 16:34:00 GMT

    The pressure will be on Coach Keatts to build a winning team for the Wolfpack Nation. But this same move has the leaders at UNCW also feeling the pressure now. 

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    The pressure will be on Coach Keatts to build a winning team for the Wolfpack Nation. But this same move has the leaders at UNCW also feeling the pressure now. 

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  • Your turn: Steps it takes to become a legal immigrant

    Your turn: Steps it takes to become a legal immigrant

    Thursday, March 16 2017 1:09 PM EDT2017-03-16 17:09:21 GMT

    All I ask is that we take the time to educate ourselves on how immigration to this country actually works. I had to sponsor my husband financially, so he would not be a burden on society. He had to pass a medical exam and an extensive background check.

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    All I ask is that we take the time to educate ourselves on how immigration to this country actually works. I had to sponsor my husband financially, so he would not be a burden on society. He had to pass a medical exam and an extensive background check.

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  • My turn: Text messages difficult to track down in public record requests

    My turn: Text messages difficult to track down in public record requests

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 1:38 PM EDT2017-03-14 17:38:15 GMT

    A lot of people text these days. A statewide public records project that our team participated in showed that several politicians are chatting back and forth freely using text messages.

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    A lot of people text these days. A statewide public records project that our team participated in showed that several politicians are chatting back and forth freely using text messages.

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  • My Turn: Hanging on to Coach Keatts

    My Turn: Hanging on to Coach Keatts

    Thursday, March 9 2017 2:55 PM EST2017-03-09 19:55:20 GMT

    Seahawk nation is soaring this week as the UNCW Men’s Basketball team is heading back to the “Big Dance.”  And let’s consider this my earnest plea to Head Coach Kevin Keatts.  Coach Keatts…please stay! 

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    Seahawk nation is soaring this week as the UNCW Men’s Basketball team is heading back to the “Big Dance.”  And let’s consider this my earnest plea to Head Coach Kevin Keatts.  Coach Keatts…please stay! 

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  • My turn: Bills introduced for shock value

    My turn: Bills introduced for shock value

    Thursday, March 9 2017 2:51 PM EST2017-03-09 19:51:37 GMT

    The chances that any of these proposals make it very far are slim and most are introduced just for the shock value and headlines they receive.

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    The chances that any of these proposals make it very far are slim and most are introduced just for the shock value and headlines they receive.

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  • My turn: Is privatizing NCDOT projects cutting costs?

    My turn: Is privatizing NCDOT projects cutting costs?

    Thursday, March 9 2017 2:49 PM EST2017-03-09 19:49:23 GMT

    Rabon freely admitted that he has no idea if any of this government cost cutting actually cut any costs. That’s right…Rabon said the DOT couldn’t quantify a difference yet. 

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    Rabon freely admitted that he has no idea if any of this government cost cutting actually cut any costs. That’s right…Rabon said the DOT couldn’t quantify a difference yet. 

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  • My turn: Council input and control of the future of short-term rentals

    My turn: Council input and control of the future of short-term rentals

    Thursday, March 9 2017 2:47 PM EST2017-03-09 19:47:37 GMT

    Wilmington City Council really appears to be wringing its hands over the issue of the future of short term rentals, and I find that fascinating because not all economic opportunities are received this way.

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    Wilmington City Council really appears to be wringing its hands over the issue of the future of short term rentals, and I find that fascinating because not all economic opportunities are received this way.

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  • My turn: Kudos to our county leaders

    My turn: Kudos to our county leaders

    Thursday, March 9 2017 1:17 PM EST2017-03-09 18:17:19 GMT

    I have often criticized the lengthy process it has taken for New Hanover County to come up with a solution to its permitting process for industries in this area. But, today our county leaders deserve kudos.  

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    I have often criticized the lengthy process it has taken for New Hanover County to come up with a solution to its permitting process for industries in this area. But, today our county leaders deserve kudos.  

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  • My turn: Senate Bill 25 could repeal HB2

    My turn: Senate Bill 25 could repeal HB2

    Monday, February 20 2017 2:40 PM EST2017-02-20 19:40:43 GMT

    You might remember that Senator Rabon voted to repeal HB2 in December and when asked about the failed efforts a couple weeks ago, he reminded us he voted to repeal and it’s up to the governor to figure it out. But it looks like the ball may now be in his court in the form of Senate Bill 25.

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    You might remember that Senator Rabon voted to repeal HB2 in December and when asked about the failed efforts a couple weeks ago, he reminded us he voted to repeal and it’s up to the governor to figure it out. But it looks like the ball may now be in his court in the form of Senate Bill 25.

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  • My turn: the debate about governing craft breweries

    My turn: the debate about governing craft breweries

    Friday, February 17 2017 12:01 PM EST2017-02-17 17:01:50 GMT

    There is a state law that requires breweries to contract with a third party distributor when they surpass 25,000 barrels a year. Brewers want to increase that limit to 200-thousand barrels and still keep control of the distribution process.

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    There is a state law that requires breweries to contract with a third party distributor when they surpass 25,000 barrels a year. Brewers want to increase that limit to 200-thousand barrels and still keep control of the distribution process.

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  • My turn: following advice of a wise and great statesman

    My turn: following advice of a wise and great statesman

    Friday, February 17 2017 11:44 AM EST2017-02-17 16:44:17 GMT

    There is no question that we are in another highly divisive time in our nation.  We can sit here and continue to feel helpless.  Or we can follow the advice of a wise and great statesman.  We can join our hearts in prayer for the leaders of this great country.  

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    There is no question that we are in another highly divisive time in our nation.  We can sit here and continue to feel helpless.  Or we can follow the advice of a wise and great statesman.  We can join our hearts in prayer for the leaders of this great country.  

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  • My turn: the ongoing HB2 debate in NC

    My turn: the ongoing HB2 debate in NC

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 9:19 AM EST2017-02-08 14:19:16 GMT

    I can’t help but think of Pee Wee when I hear some of our political leaders discuss the ongoing HB2 debate in North Carolina.

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    I can’t help but think of Pee Wee when I hear some of our political leaders discuss the ongoing HB2 debate in North Carolina.

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  • My turn: coverage of the Revolutionary Black Panthers

    My turn: coverage of the Revolutionary Black Panthers

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 10:49 AM EST2017-02-07 15:49:29 GMT

    I have a great deal of respect for the officers with the Wilmington Police Department led by Chief Ralph Evangelous.  For the most part, I feel safe in this community. That said, Chief Evangelous, whether intended or not, put local media in a tough situation with some seemingly off the cuff comments last Friday while talking about a pending Revolutionary Black Panther Party gathering in Wilmington. 

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    I have a great deal of respect for the officers with the Wilmington Police Department led by Chief Ralph Evangelous.  For the most part, I feel safe in this community. That said, Chief Evangelous, whether intended or not, put local media in a tough situation with some seemingly off the cuff comments last Friday while talking about a pending Revolutionary Black Panther Party gathering in Wilmington. 

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  • My turn: children of political leaders should be off limits

    My turn: children of political leaders should be off limits

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 10:41 AM EST2017-02-07 15:41:01 GMT

    It appears the vast majority of people believe that the children of political leaders should be off limits when it comes to the crass ridicule that many people love to share and laugh about on social media.

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    It appears the vast majority of people believe that the children of political leaders should be off limits when it comes to the crass ridicule that many people love to share and laugh about on social media.

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  • My turn: What is 'fake news?'

    My turn: What is 'fake news?'

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 10:38 AM EST2017-02-07 15:38:10 GMT

    Let’s talk for a moment about “fake news.”  During election campaigns, this term came out to describe some of the stories being spread around on social media.

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    Let’s talk for a moment about “fake news.”  During election campaigns, this term came out to describe some of the stories being spread around on social media.

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  • My turn: municipalities paying for higher education

    My turn: municipalities paying for higher education

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 10:37 AM EST2017-02-07 15:37:09 GMT

    Leaders in Kure Beach are rewarding one of the town’s employees this week with some money to pay for higher education. Our reporters have found this isn’t necessarily a rare occurrence among municipalities in our region.

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    Leaders in Kure Beach are rewarding one of the town’s employees this week with some money to pay for higher education. Our reporters have found this isn’t necessarily a rare occurrence among municipalities in our region.

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  • Guest your turn: The battle over Echo Farms rages on

    Guest your turn: The battle over Echo Farms rages on

    Thursday, February 2 2017 3:45 PM EST2017-02-02 20:45:43 GMT

    As the battle over Echo Farms rages on, I would ask the people of Wilmington to take a bigger view of the issues involved. The anger and frustration is as much about how the City and its committees and boards have gone about their process as it is about the potential loss of another beautiful neighborhood. 

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    As the battle over Echo Farms rages on, I would ask the people of Wilmington to take a bigger view of the issues involved. The anger and frustration is as much about how the City and its committees and boards have gone about their process as it is about the potential loss of another beautiful neighborhood. 

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  • My turn: A new year for our General Assembly

    My turn: A new year for our General Assembly

    Thursday, January 26 2017 11:23 AM EST2017-01-26 16:23:07 GMT

    A new year brings a new version of our General Assembly. Some new faces, and for what it’s worth - a fresh start.

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    A new year brings a new version of our General Assembly. Some new faces, and for what it’s worth - a fresh start.

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  • My turn: permitting process needs clarity and certainty

    My turn: permitting process needs clarity and certainty

    Thursday, January 19 2017 11:58 AM EST2017-01-19 16:58:55 GMT

    I’ve grown tired of the term “kicking the can down the road.”  But I can’t think of a better way to describe how New Hanover County appears to be handling the county’s Special Use Permit issue.

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    I’ve grown tired of the term “kicking the can down the road.”  But I can’t think of a better way to describe how New Hanover County appears to be handling the county’s Special Use Permit issue.

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  • My turn: to delay school or not to delay school?

    My turn: to delay school or not to delay school?

    Monday, January 16 2017 3:38 PM EST2017-01-16 20:38:29 GMT

    It doesn’t matter if you have a child in school or not, it seems everyone has an opinion about the school delays due to cold weather.

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    It doesn’t matter if you have a child in school or not, it seems everyone has an opinion about the school delays due to cold weather.

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  • My turn: Private votes leads to distrust of elected leaders

    My turn: Private votes leads to distrust of elected leaders

    Monday, January 16 2017 3:33 PM EST2017-01-16 20:33:44 GMT

    This independent body has worked since 2008 to investigate claims of abuse or corruption among members of Congress. But in a private vote held in a closed-door meeting, 121 House Republicans agreed to put that group under the control of, you guessed it, Congress.

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    This independent body has worked since 2008 to investigate claims of abuse or corruption among members of Congress. But in a private vote held in a closed-door meeting, 121 House Republicans agreed to put that group under the control of, you guessed it, Congress.

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  • My Turn: Don't miss out on Seahawk basketball

    My Turn: Don't miss out on Seahawk basketball

    Friday, January 6 2017 8:55 AM EST2017-01-06 13:55:52 GMT

    Normally we’d reserve our madness for March, but there’s a great story taking place in Wilmington right now and I hope you’re taking notice.

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    Normally we’d reserve our madness for March, but there’s a great story taking place in Wilmington right now and I hope you’re taking notice.

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  • Editorial

    Guest editorial: The Empty Chair

    Guest editorial: The Empty Chair

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 8:42 PM EDT2016-10-26 00:42:36 GMT

    My younger brother Chris Johnson's smile lit up every room, and his laughter filled the next room over. He was tall, funny, intelligent and athletic. 

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    My younger brother Chris Johnson's smile lit up every room, and his laughter filled the next room over. He was tall, funny, intelligent and athletic. 

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  • Guest Your turn: Thoughts on political corruption

    Guest Your turn: Thoughts on political corruption

    Thursday, April 21 2016 11:59 AM EDT2016-04-21 15:59:58 GMT
    Wednesday, April 27 2016 8:11 AM EDT2016-04-27 12:11:37 GMT

    In my view, to be corrupt is to have traded one’s priceless integrity, and one’s personal honor, for money or other benefit(s).  “Corruption” simply indicates there are pools of corrupted people.

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    In my view, to be corrupt is to have traded one’s priceless integrity, and one’s personal honor, for money or other benefit(s).  “Corruption” simply indicates there are pools of corrupted people.

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  • My Turn: What are the good things in the community despite the violence?

    My Turn: What are the good things in the community despite the violence?

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 12:33 PM EST2015-02-24 17:33:06 GMT
    Wednesday, February 25 2015 12:00 PM EST2015-02-25 17:00:37 GMT
    We've had a lot of violence in our community so far this year. These tragic incidents have taken loved ones and rattled our sense of security to some extent.More >>
    We've had a lot of violence in our community so far this year. These tragic incidents have taken loved ones and rattled our sense of security to some extent.More >>
  • Your Turn: Commissioners should play by the same rules

    Your Turn: Commissioners should play by the same rules

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 8:35 AM EST2015-02-18 13:35:23 GMT
    Monday, February 23 2015 1:35 PM EST2015-02-23 18:35:43 GMT
    Not many topics have lit up the Your Turn mailbox like the subject of three New Hanover County Commissioners not wanting to play by the same rules as the other county employees when traveling on the taxpayers' dime. And the interesting thing I'm seeing in all this is that the commissioners who want to keep it that way don't have any support from the folks who are communicating with us.More >>
    Not many topics have lit up the Your Turn mailbox like the subject of three New Hanover County Commissioners not wanting to play by the same rules as the other county employees when traveling on the taxpayers' dime. And the interesting thing I'm seeing in all this is that the commissioners who want to keep it that way don't have any support from the folks who are communicating with us.More >>
  • My Turn: Trusting the WPD

    My Turn: Trusting the WPD

    Thursday, February 19 2015 2:43 PM EST2015-02-19 19:43:18 GMT
    Friday, February 20 2015 11:30 AM EST2015-02-20 16:30:16 GMT
    The Wilmington Police Department wants you to trust them, and I think we should try to do that. But the image the police are requesting through a new public service announcement campaign is flying in the face of some issues that appear to be hounding the department in recent days.More >>
    The Wilmington Police Department wants you to trust them, and I think we should try to do that. But the image the police are requesting through a new public service announcement campaign is flying in the face of some issues that appear to be hounding the department in recent days.More >>
  • My Turn: The consequences for lying and cheating

    My Turn: The consequences for lying and cheating

    Thursday, February 12 2015 1:25 PM EST2015-02-12 18:25:35 GMT
    Wednesday, February 18 2015 12:01 PM EST2015-02-18 17:01:42 GMT
    Lately, there has been a lot in the news about lying and cheating that has led me to ponder that issue. I've focused my pondering on what the consequences should be.More >>
    Lately, there has been a lot in the news about lying and cheating that has led me to ponder that issue. I've focused my pondering on what the consequences should be.More >>
  • My Turn: It's simple - everyone should follow the same guidelines

    My Turn: It's simple - everyone should follow the same guidelines

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 12:15 PM EST2015-02-10 17:15:06 GMT
    Monday, February 16 2015 12:40 PM EST2015-02-16 17:40:13 GMT
    I've received a few emails over the last week of people happy that we're watching out for their tax money and the way the New Hanover County commissioners spend it.More >>
    I've received a few emails over the last week of people happy that we're watching out for their tax money and the way the New Hanover County commissioners spend it.More >>
  • My Turn: New grading scale for schools in North Carolina

    My Turn: New grading scale for schools in North Carolina

    Thursday, February 5 2015 4:06 PM EST2015-02-05 21:06:57 GMT
    Monday, February 9 2015 12:38 PM EST2015-02-09 17:38:35 GMT
    Most of us can recall report card days when we were in school. Those were usually difficult days for me - I guess I got what I deserved.More >>
    Most of us can recall report card days when we were in school. Those were usually difficult days for me - I guess I got what I deserved.More >>
  • Your Turn: Commissioner Woody White talks travel policy

    Your Turn: Commissioner Woody White talks travel policy

    Tuesday, February 3 2015 2:15 PM EST2015-02-03 19:15:10 GMT
    Monday, February 9 2015 12:36 PM EST2015-02-09 17:36:55 GMT
    If Commissioners can be careless and spend any amount of your money on themselves, then how can they be expected to make responsible decisions when deciding what your tax rate is, or how much money should go to the school system, the sheriff's office or the community college?More >>
    If Commissioners can be careless and spend any amount of your money on themselves, then how can they be expected to make responsible decisions when deciding what your tax rate is, or how much money should go to the school system, the sheriff's office or the community college?More >>
  • My Turn: New app to prevent texting and driving

    My Turn: New app to prevent texting and driving

    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:50 AM EST2015-01-29 16:50:55 GMT
    Wednesday, February 4 2015 1:09 PM EST2015-02-04 18:09:25 GMT
    The idea is for parents to download the app and make sure it's working on their teenagers' phones when they get behind the wheel. It has an emergency function in case they need to call 911.More >>
    The idea is for parents to download the app and make sure it's working on their teenagers' phones when they get behind the wheel. It has an emergency function in case they need to call 911.More >>
  • My Turn: Excitement sparks with UNCW men's basketball

    My Turn: Excitement sparks with UNCW men's basketball

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 11:39 AM EST2015-01-27 16:39:53 GMT
    Wednesday, February 4 2015 1:08 PM EST2015-02-04 18:08:10 GMT
    I know it's early and a lot can happen, but for the first time in the last several years, there's a sense of excitement in the air on the campus of UNCW and at Trask Coliseum. The Seahawks men's basketball team is playing with enthusiasm under first-year head coach Kevin Keatts…and they are winning.
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    I know it's early and a lot can happen, but for the first time in the last several years, there's a sense of excitement in the air on the campus of UNCW and at Trask Coliseum. The Seahawks men's basketball team is playing with enthusiasm under first-year head coach Kevin Keatts…and they are winning.

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  • My Turn: Spending policy off the table for NHC commissioners

    My Turn: Spending policy off the table for NHC commissioners

    Thursday, January 22 2015 12:36 PM EST2015-01-22 17:36:47 GMT
    Monday, January 26 2015 11:51 AM EST2015-01-26 16:51:50 GMT
    An interesting thing happened with the election of a new chairman for the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners this year. A previously planned discussion on how commissioners are allowed to spend tax dollars on travel now appears off the table.More >>
    An interesting thing happened with the election of a new chairman for the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners this year. A previously planned discussion on how commissioners are allowed to spend tax dollars on travel now appears off the table.More >>
  • My Turn: Don't be quick to judge others

    My Turn: Don't be quick to judge others

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 11:38 AM EST2015-01-20 16:38:52 GMT
    Thursday, January 22 2015 2:16 PM EST2015-01-22 19:16:07 GMT
    Our story this week on the veteran who got a nasty note for parking in a reserved space for veterans really struck a chord with our viewers.
    Our newsroom got a lot of feedback from folks who say Mary Claire Caine was treated improperly by the anonymous letter writer who claimed she had no right to park in the space.
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    Our story this week on the veteran who got a nasty note for parking in a reserved space for veterans really struck a chord with our viewers.
    Our newsroom got a lot of feedback from folks who say Mary Claire Caine was treated improperly by the anonymous letter writer who claimed she had no right to park in the space.

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  • My Turn: Obama's proposal for free community college - will it truly be free?

    My Turn: Obama's proposal for free community college - will it truly be free?

    Thursday, January 15 2015 11:13 AM EST2015-01-15 16:13:31 GMT
    Wednesday, January 21 2015 12:23 PM EST2015-01-21 17:23:22 GMT
    The president's announcement last week that he'd like to see the first couple years of community college offered to people for free was met with some excitement. But there are still a lot of details that would have to be worked out. And will it truly be free? I doubt it.More >>
    The president's announcement last week that he'd like to see the first couple years of community college offered to people for free was met with some excitement. But there are still a lot of details that would have to be worked out. And will it truly be free? I doubt it.
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  • My Turn: Ways to make the college football playoff system even better

    My Turn: Ways to make the college football playoff system even better

    Tuesday, January 13 2015 12:37 PM EST2015-01-13 17:37:37 GMT
    Friday, January 16 2015 12:22 PM EST2015-01-16 17:22:17 GMT
    For the first time in the history of college football we have a national champion of the top division determined by a playoff system and an honest to goodness national championship game. Congratulations to Ohio State. It's been a long time coming and there is no perfect system. More >>
    For the first time in the history of college football we have a national champion of the top division determined by a playoff system and an honest to goodness national championship game. Congratulations to Ohio State. It's been a long time coming and there is no perfect system. More >>
  • My Turn: Lend a hand to help those in need

    My Turn: Lend a hand to help those in need

    Tuesday, January 6 2015 4:05 PM EST2015-01-06 21:05:40 GMT
    Friday, January 9 2015 10:53 AM EST2015-01-09 15:53:35 GMT
    Not in my backyard. It's easy to start thinking that way when you are trying to protect the value of your property. You worry about what your neighbors might do and how it could hurt your investment.More >>
    Not in my backyard. It's easy to start thinking that way when you are trying to protect the value of your property. You worry about what your neighbors might do and how it could hurt your investment.More >>
  • My Turn: Recognizing people for volunteer efforts

    My Turn: Recognizing people for volunteer efforts

    Thursday, January 8 2015 2:35 PM EST2015-01-08 19:35:36 GMT
    Thursday, January 8 2015 4:00 PM EST2015-01-08 21:00:21 GMT
    We are looking for nominations for those special people you know that have a lot of heart and passion for their volunteer efforts. We're looking for people that are doing the volunteer work because they care - not because they are seeking thanks or recognition.More >>
    We are looking for nominations for those special people you know that have a lot of heart and passion for their volunteer efforts. We're looking for people that are doing the volunteer work because they care - not because they are seeking thanks or recognition.More >>
  • My Turn: Plan ahead if you plan to drink to celebrate the New Year's holiday

    My Turn: Plan ahead if you plan to drink to celebrate the New Year's holiday

    Tuesday, December 30 2014 2:11 PM EST2014-12-30 19:11:25 GMT
    Monday, January 5 2015 12:31 PM EST2015-01-05 17:31:01 GMT
    Each year in this country over 10,000 people are killed in accidents caused by drinking and driving. A disproportionate amount of those crashes happen during the New Year's holiday period.More >>
    Each year in this country over 10,000 people are killed in accidents caused by drinking and driving. A disproportionate amount of those crashes happen during the New Year's holiday period.More >>
  • Your Turn Potpourri

    Your Turn Potpourri

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