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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Equal for ALL Citizens

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Equal for ALL Citizens

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-09 10:00:16 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. The Declaration of Independence claims that "that all men are created equal,More >>
    Fifty years ago this month, we took a great leap forward with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Celebrate Your Freedoms, Opportunities

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Celebrate Your Freedoms, Opportunities

    Thursday, July 3 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-03 14:51:12 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. This week many of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate theMore >>
    This week many of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate the 4th of July with cookouts and fireworks. But let's not forget that we are also celebrating America's Independence Day.  More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: $50 Million "Bonus" for Mecklenburg Co.

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: $50 Million "Bonus" for Mecklenburg Co.

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-06-25 10:00:14 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. It's done. The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.5More >>
    It's done. The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.5 billion budget for this fiscal year. Many county leaders called it good one, but some commissioners were hoping for more. They wanted to give taxpayers a break.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Dr. Maya Angelou - A legendary Icon

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Dr. Maya Angelou - A legendary Icon

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-06-18 10:00:15 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Dr. Maya Angelou, who passed away on May 28th, was a gifted dancer, actress, singerMore >>
    Dr. Maya Angelou, who passed away on May 28th, was a gifted dancer, actress, singer and writer. Let us all take a few moments to remember Dr. Maya Angelou, a legendary icon and American hero.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Speaking Out on Issues That Matter

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Speaking Out on Issues That Matter

    Thursday, June 12 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-06-12 15:42:00 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. This week we celebrate the 6th Anniversary of our WBTV SpeakOut Editorials. MostMore >>
    This week we celebrate the 6th Anniversary of our WBTV SpeakOut Editorials.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Summer of Safe Driving

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Summer of Safe Driving

    Wednesday, June 4 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-06-04 10:00:15 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. We would like to congratulate all the students that are graduating thisMore >>
    We want to encourage young drivers to take a minute before you crank the engine and make the decision to be a safe and attentive driver.More >>
  • Speak Out Editorial: Teachers Jumping Ship

    Speak Out Editorial: Teachers Jumping Ship

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-05-28 10:00:38 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. There once was a time when the field of education was considered a necessity. ItMore >>
    There once was a time when the field of education was considered a necessity. It was a college major that would never go away in the state of North Carolina. My, how things have changed. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: The Definition of a Hero

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: The Definition of a Hero

    Wednesday, May 21 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-05-21 19:14:46 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. The summer movie season is upon us, and no doubt, some sort of "super heroes"More >>
    As you watch your summer action films and enjoy your popcorn, we encourage you to remember the people who make that freedom possible. Heroes like Sgt. Kyle White. And as we approach Memorial Day later this month, remember also Sgt. White's buddies, who didn't make it home.More >>
  • Speak Out Editorial: Brown vs the Board of Education

    Speak Out Editorial: Brown vs the Board of Education

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-05-14 19:15:30 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. If you're around 60 years old or better, you probably remember a day whenMore >>
    The Supreme Court's decision in May of 1954 was just the beginning of a long battle to bring equality in treatment to the races.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Lose the Lame Excuses

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Lose the Lame Excuses

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Lose the Lame Excuses

    We implore you to take a few minutes of your day, go to the polls, and make a difference.More >>
    We implore you to take a few minutes of your day, go to the polls, and make a difference.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Lose the Lame Excuses

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Lose the Lame Excuses

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-04-30 10:00:15 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. I'm going to ask you to use your imagination for just a moment. It's Tuesday,More >>
    The Primaries are critically important. We implore you, don't pull out the laundry list of lame excuses as to why you're staying home. Take a few minutes of your day, go to the polls, and make a difference.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Bobcats Rebound into Playoffs

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Bobcats Rebound into Playoffs

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-04-23 10:00:13 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Can anyone remember the last time the Bobcats were in the playoffs?  ItMore >>
    Can anyone remember the last time the Bobcats were in the playoffs? It was several years ago with an entirely different roster. We congratulate Michael Jordan, Steve Clifford and the Bobcats on making it to the post-season.  More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Easter and Passover

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Easter and Passover

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:00:11 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. In a movie currently playing, a college professor demands that his PhilosophyMore >>
    Whatever YOUR beliefs, we wish you peace, joy, good health, and love. And we thank God for His many, many blessings.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Editorial Responses

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Editorial Responses

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-04-16 10:00:16 GMT
    The following is a response to a recent Speak Out editorial. The views expressed are solely those of the speaker. Many of you are responding to our SpeakOut editorials…and sending us your views on issues affectingMore >>
    Many of you are responding to our SpeakOut editorials…and sending us your views on issues affecting our community.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Let's Play Ball

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Let's Play Ball

    Thursday, April 10 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-04-10 12:38:01 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Let's play ball! Since 1892 – that's right – 1892, Charlotte has been homeMore >>
    Since 1892, Charlotte has been home to a baseball club of some kind. The original Charlotte Hornets baseball team was founded at the end of the 19th Century.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: United Way - A Job Well Done

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: United Way - A Job Well Done

    Thursday, April 3 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-04-03 13:36:35 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. A big "congratulations" is in order for the United Way of Central Carolinas. ForMore >>
    A big "congratulations" is in order for the United Way of Central Carolinas. For the third consecutive year, they've met their campaign goal. In three years in a tough economy, they've managed an 8% increase, topping out at $21.5 million raised for 2014.  More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Clean Up the Coal Ash

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Clean Up the Coal Ash

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-03-26 10:00:12 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. 39,000 tons – catch that: 39,000 TONS – of toxic coal ash recently spilledMore >>
    39,000 TONS – of toxic coal ash recently spilled from a Duke Energy power plant into the Dan River, coating the waterway for 70 miles downstream.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Ending Homelessness in Charlotte?

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Ending Homelessness in Charlotte?

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-03-19 10:00:10 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. What if homelessness didn't have a place to call "home" in Charlotte? Well,More >>
    What if homelessness didn't have a place to call "home" in Charlotte? Well, we'd call that a miracle. That's a goal of the Foundation for the Carolinas…and they want to accomplish it sooner rather than later.
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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Poverty's Grip on Charlotte

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Poverty's Grip on Charlotte

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-03-12 10:00:13 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. We were floored recently by a big study that has bad news for Charlotte.More >>
    We were floored recently by a big study that has bad news for Charlotte. Researchers at Harvard, Berkley and the Treasury Department told us that the prospect of escaping poverty is worse here than in any other major metro city in the United States. Any other large city. That's hugeMore >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: College Athletes - Pay for Play

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: College Athletes - Pay for Play

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:00 AM EST2014-03-05 11:00:09 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.  If you're a sports fan in North Carolina, you've no doubt heard about theMore >>
     If you're a sports fan in North Carolina, you've no doubt heard about the recent shenanigans going on in Chapel Hill:ball players in trouble with the law…professors creating "no show" classes with "automatic As" – primarily for athletes…coaches and school administrators being let go or "allowed" to take early retirement.
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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CIAA - A New Deal

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CIAA - A New Deal

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 6:00 AM EST2014-02-26 11:00:10 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Since 2006, the CIAA tournament has been an impressive tourism generatorMore >>
    Since 2006, the CIAA tournament has been an impressive tourism generator for the city of Charlotte. Hundreds of thousands of new visitors to the Queen City with a week-long celebration…well over $150 million dollars brought into Charlotte and the region since the first year…and valuable exposure to students and alumni of the participating institutions.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Lose the Littering

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Lose the Littering

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 6:00 AM EST2014-02-26 11:00:09 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. "Keep America beautiful"..."Don't be a litterbug"..."Give a hoot, don'tMore >>
    "Keep America beautiful"..."Don't be a litterbug"..."Give a hoot, don't pollute"...Do these catchphrases of the past few decades sound familiar? Well, driving around the Carolinas these days, it certainly seems like those messages have fallen on deaf ears.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Charlotte Artist Romare Bearden

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Charlotte Artist Romare Bearden

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 6:00 AM EST2014-02-05 11:00:14 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Thousands of our viewers turned out for the First Night Celebration a fewMore >>
    Mr. Bearden was an outstanding artist and writer of the 20th century. He was born right here in Charlotte in 1911, but moved as a young child to New York City.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Franklin McCain - A Man of Conviction

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Franklin McCain - A Man of Conviction

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 2:57 PM EST2014-01-29 19:57:57 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. "Black History Month" begins this Saturday, but Feb. 1st holds a specialMore >>
    On Feb. 1, 1960, four African-American students from North Carolina A&T State University sat down at the whites-only lunch counter at the F.W. Woolworth's store in downtown Greensboro. That single act was instrumental in igniting nationwide nonviolent protest and changing national sentiment in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Congratulations Panthers

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Congratulations Panthers

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 6:00 AM EST2014-01-22 11:00:12 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette."My heart's broken…but not forever…'cause we're going to be back! That sumsMore >>
    After an impressive comeback season, fans across the Carolinas were fired up with the possibility of the Big Cats going all the way. Team colors were everywhere, and support for the team loud and proud. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: 2013 Year in Review

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: 2013 Year in Review

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 6:00 AM EST2014-01-15 11:00:12 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. As we welcome in a new year, we thought we'd take a moment to look backMore >>
    As we welcome in a new year, we thought we'd take a moment to look back at some of the big concerns of 2013.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Change in the Air

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 6:00 AM EST2014-01-08 11:00:12 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. As we turn the page on a new year, we welcome some familiar faces to newMore >>
    As we turn the page on a new year, we welcome some familiar faces to new roles in local government. Many of them will hit the ground running in 2014, with big challenges ahead. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Merry Christmas from WBTV

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Merry Christmas from WBTV

    Friday, January 3 2014 10:04 AM EST2014-01-03 15:04:00 GMT
    ­ Hello, and "Merry Christmas." The collection of people you see here are the current members of WBTV's "SpeakOut" Editorial Board. We work in various departments throughout WBTV and are brought togetherMore >>
    Merry Christmas from WBTVMore >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Sane Approach to Education

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Sane Approach to Education

    Wednesday, January 1 2014 6:00 AM EST2014-01-01 11:00:12 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. To paraphrase Gordon Gekko from the movie Wall Street, "Competition is Good." ItMore >>
    The CMS School Board recently approved a dozen new academic programs for the district. They are designed to attract new students and retain students already sitting in classrooms. These programs will establish more high schools on college campuses and create additional magnet programs with an emphasis ontechnology. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: WBTV First Night Charlotte

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: WBTV First Night Charlotte

    Saturday, December 21 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-12-21 11:00:07 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. It's almost time to bid farewell to 2013, and welcome in the New Year…asMore >>
    WBTV is proud to once again be the title sponsor of First Night Charlotte. WBTV First Night Charlotte is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event…filled with entertainment and cultural activities. This year it moves to Romare Bearden Park, and it's FREE of charge for everyone to enjoy. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial Responses

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial Responses

    Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-12-11 11:00:09 GMT
    The following is a response to a recent Speak Out editorial. The views expressed are solely those of the speaker. Our recent editorial on the launch of the Affordable Care Act really struck a nerve withMore >>
    Our recent editorial on the launch of the Affordable Care Act really struck a nerve with some viewers…More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Healthcare on Life Support

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Healthcare on Life Support

    Wednesday, December 4 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-12-04 11:00:11 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Is this the best we can do in America?  The Affordable Care Act – also knownMore >>
    Is this the best we can do in America? The Affordable Care Act – also known as "ObamaCare" – seems to be everything but affordable. And, recent reports reveal a laundry list of alleged problems with the launch: six-month minimums, discontinued plans, 5 million Americans losing coverage… More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Thanksgiving Day Parade Marches On

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Thanksgiving Day Parade Marches On

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-11-27 11:00:09 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Warranted or not, the Queen City has a reputation for "letting go" of itsMore >>
    Our region's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade – known as the Carolinas' Carrousel Parade – was about to become just another one of our fond memories. Big parades take a lot of money to produce, and organizers couldn't find adequate sponsorship to continue. Now that's where Novant Health Care stepped in. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: 1963 A Most Historic Year

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: 1963 A Most Historic Year

    Saturday, November 23 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-11-23 11:00:09 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. The turbulent year of 1963 will always stand out as a milestone in our history. ItMore >>
    The turbulent year of 1963 will always stand out as a milestone in our history. It was the year that our President, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. There had been Presidents killed in office before, but this was different. President Kennedy's assassination, and the subsequent mourning period that followed, played out in real time on television. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CMS Students Come Up Short...Again

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CMS Students Come Up Short...Again

    Thursday, November 21 2013 2:02 PM EST2013-11-21 19:02:55 GMT
    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Here we go again. A new standardized test gets administered in the CharlotteMore >>
    Here we go again. A new standardized test gets administered in the Charlotte Mecklenburg school district and test scores drop. It seems every time the bar is raised, students have a tough time delivering. When will this end? More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: UNCC Football Strikes Gold

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: UNCC Football Strikes Gold

    Wednesday, November 13 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-11-13 11:00:08 GMT
    ­ "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. With only a few weeks remaining in college football's regular season, it'sMore >>
    Congrats to UNC-Charlotte for a great inaugural year. You've definitely struck gold. More >>
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