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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: No Teacher Left Behind

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: No Teacher Left Behind

    Thursday, March 23 2017 9:54 AM EDT2017-03-23 13:54:07 GMT

    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Finally a proposed state budget all North Carolina teachers can live with. Governor Roy Cooper has proposed giving teachers a 5 percent raise this year and next year. And the part we like…if approved.. veteran teachers will also get a raise. For the past few years teachers with at least 20 years in the classroom have been left out of ...

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    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Finally a proposed state budget all North Carolina teachers can live with. Governor Roy Cooper has proposed giving teachers a 5 percent raise this year and next year. And the part we like…if approved.. veteran teachers will also get a raise. For the past few years teachers with at least 20 years in the classroom have been left out of ...

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: HB2 - Repeal or Don't

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: HB2 - Repeal or Don't

    Thursday, March 16 2017 10:33 AM EDT2017-03-16 14:33:19 GMT

    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. H B 2 Do you remember the last house bill number you memorized? We can’t think of any other North Carolina legislation that has come with so many consequences.  Over 600 million in lost event revenue and well over a thousand jobs…. For a bill that sped through channels early on, its repeal has come to a grinding halt.&n...

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    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. H B 2 Do you remember the last house bill number you memorized? We can’t think of any other North Carolina legislation that has come with so many consequences.  Over 600 million in lost event revenue and well over a thousand jobs…. For a bill that sped through channels early on, its repeal has come to a grinding halt.&n...

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: WBTV On Your Side

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: WBTV On Your Side

    Monday, March 13 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-03-13 17:40:29 GMT
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. WBTV aired its first broadcast in 1949. We were the first television station in the Carolinas and we take pride in knowing that many of you have grown up watching our channel. Some things have changed over the years while others have stayed the same.  In particular, our commitment to serving this community and reporting the truth is as...More >>
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. WBTV aired its first broadcast in 1949. We were the first television station in the Carolinas and we take pride in knowing that many of you have grown up watching our channel. Some things have changed over the years while others have stayed the same.  In particular, our commitment to serving this community and reporting the truth is as...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Welcome CIAA

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Welcome CIAA

    Friday, February 24 2017 6:58 PM EST2017-02-24 23:58:32 GMT

    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. We are so happy the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Basketball tournament - better known as the C - I- Double A is back in Charlotte. We welcomed you 11 years ago and we welcome you again, We recognize the C I Double A is a very important event - Not only is the C I Double A good basketball, but college scholarships fo...

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    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. We are so happy the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Basketball tournament - better known as the C - I- Double A is back in Charlotte. We welcomed you 11 years ago and we welcome you again, We recognize the C I Double A is a very important event - Not only is the C I Double A good basketball, but college scholarships fo...

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: We're all in this Together

    Tuesday, February 21 2017 5:03 PM EST2017-02-21 22:03:13 GMT
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Scott Dempsey What a great month this has been - honoring the history and legacy of African Americans. Their inventions, their accomplishments and their faith have helped shape America. But the struggle continues when it comes to economic empowerment, affordable housing, empowering young people and regaining trust between community and ...More >>
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Scott Dempsey What a great month this has been - honoring the history and legacy of African Americans. Their inventions, their accomplishments and their faith have helped shape America. But the struggle continues when it comes to economic empowerment, affordable housing, empowering young people and regaining trust between community and ...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: The MLS Deal -- Too Rushed?

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: The MLS Deal -- Too Rushed?

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 2:12 PM EST2017-02-07 19:12:26 GMT
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Several of the world's 3 1/2 billion soccer fans sit on the WBTV Editorial Board, and most of the members believe Charlotte would be a good fit for the "beautiful game", should an MLS expansion team be awarded here. But we have major concerns over both the financial arrangements proposed by Marcus Smith and the NASCAR-like pace at wh...More >>
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Several of the world's 3 1/2 billion soccer fans sit on the WBTV Editorial Board, and most of the members believe Charlotte would be a good fit for the "beautiful game", should an MLS expansion team be awarded here. But we have major concerns over both the financial arrangements proposed by Marcus Smith and the NASCAR-like pace at wh...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: New Superintendent for CMS

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: New Superintendent for CMS

    Monday, January 23 2017 3:10 PM EST2017-01-23 20:10:51 GMT
    Dr. Clayton WilcoxDr. Clayton Wilcox

    We finally got a superintendent. After waiting for more than two years, Charlotte Mecklenburg School board unanimously agreed Dr. Clayton Wilcox is the man for the job.

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    We finally got a superintendent. After waiting for more than two years, Charlotte Mecklenburg School board unanimously agreed Dr. Clayton Wilcox is the man for the job.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Inauguration Day

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Inauguration Day

    Tuesday, January 17 2017 3:06 PM EST2017-01-17 20:06:53 GMT
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. January 20th, 2017. Inauguration Day.   It's the day the American people will look on as one leader steps down, and a new one steps up. It's the day Donald Trump will swear in as the next President of the United States of America . Some Americans are looking towards this Inauguration Day with the optimism that our new leader will not dis...More >>
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. January 20th, 2017. Inauguration Day.   It's the day the American people will look on as one leader steps down, and a new one steps up. It's the day Donald Trump will swear in as the next President of the United States of America . Some Americans are looking towards this Inauguration Day with the optimism that our new leader will not dis...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: MLK Day in Charlotte

    Thursday, January 12 2017 1:47 PM EST2017-01-12 18:47:17 GMT
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. This Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Dr. King's life and legacy involved the pursuit of equality for all people.  He is well known for leading nonviolent protest during the Civil Right Movement to address segregation and legal discrimination against African Americans. In light of recent events here in Charlotte, we know th...More >>
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. This Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Dr. King's life and legacy involved the pursuit of equality for all people.  He is well known for leading nonviolent protest during the Civil Right Movement to address segregation and legal discrimination against African Americans. In light of recent events here in Charlotte, we know th...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Support Local Food Drives

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Support Local Food Drives

    Tuesday, January 10 2017 2:28 PM EST2017-01-10 19:28:55 GMT

    We encourage you to donate whenever you see a food drive.

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    We encourage you to donate whenever you see a food drive.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Caring for Those in Need

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Caring for Those in Need

    Tuesday, January 3 2017 12:47 PM EST2017-01-03 17:47:11 GMT

    WBTV urges you to go beyond, and continue to give to those in need.

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    WBTV urges you to go beyond, and continue to give to those in need.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Celebrate Responsibly

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Celebrate Responsibly

    Thursday, December 22 2016 1:58 PM EST2016-12-22 18:58:35 GMT

    Law enforcement is prepared to crackdown on drunk drivers, so if you drink and drive this holiday season, it's likely you *will* get caught.

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    Law enforcement is prepared to crackdown on drunk drivers, so if you drink and drive this holiday season, it's likely you *will* get caught.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Christmas Greetings

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Christmas Greetings

    Monday, December 19 2016 12:32 PM EST2016-12-19 17:32:45 GMT

    Thank you for making WBTV a part of your holidays. Merry Christmas!...

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    Thank you for making WBTV a part of your holidays. Merry Christmas!...

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Heroin at Home

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Heroin at Home

    Wednesday, December 14 2016 1:24 PM EST2016-12-14 18:24:08 GMT

    ­If you or someone you know needs help in dealing with substance abuse, please call one of these numbers. In Charlotte and Communities to the east, call 1-800-939-5911
    In Gaston County and all communities west of Charlotte, call 1-888-235-4673

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    ­If you or someone you know needs help in dealing with substance abuse, please call one of these numbers. In Charlotte and Communities to the east, call 1-800-939-5911
    In Gaston County and all communities west of Charlotte, call 1-888-235-4673

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Shop Small

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Shop Small

    Tuesday, December 6 2016 12:31 PM EST2016-12-06 17:31:23 GMT

    Let’s all work together this year to not only bring cheer and support to those special people in our lives, but also those around us in our community.

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    Let’s all work together this year to not only bring cheer and support to those special people in our lives, but also those around us in our community.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Healing Our Community Through Conversation

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Healing Our Community Through Conversation

    Monday, November 28 2016 12:31 PM EST2016-11-28 17:31:57 GMT

    We ask you to join us for our Community Conversation tonight at 8pm.  Chime in after the show during our Facebook Live forum.  Make your voice heard: we want to hear it.

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    We ask you to join us for our Community Conversation tonight at 8pm.  Chime in after the show during our Facebook Live forum.  Make your voice heard: we want to hear it.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Caring for Those in Need

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Caring for Those in Need

    Wednesday, November 23 2016 12:31 PM EST2016-11-23 17:31:49 GMT
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. As the weather begins to cool, and the familiar sounds of holiday cheer approach our homes and work places, we all begin to brace ourselves for that most wonderful time of the year. The excitement of loved ones, great food, and even a day off from hard work, are something most look forward to. We tend to forget just how many people do not g...More >>
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. As the weather begins to cool, and the familiar sounds of holiday cheer approach our homes and work places, we all begin to brace ourselves for that most wonderful time of the year. The excitement of loved ones, great food, and even a day off from hard work, are something most look forward to. We tend to forget just how many people do not g...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: New Student Assignment Plan

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: New Student Assignment Plan

    Wednesday, November 16 2016 9:16 AM EST2016-11-16 14:16:11 GMT

    Recently the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board unanimously passed Phase 1 of the district's new student assignment plan. The hope is the schools will be more diverse and offer a better education for many.

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    Recently the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board unanimously passed Phase 1 of the district's new student assignment plan. The hope is the schools will be more diverse and offer a better education for many.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Post Election -- Moving Forward

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Post Election -- Moving Forward

    Monday, November 7 2016 2:59 PM EST2016-11-07 19:59:36 GMT

    It's been a divisive political season, but it's history now. It's time for us as Americans to stand united and move forward into our future together.

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    It's been a divisive political season, but it's history now. It's time for us as Americans to stand united and move forward into our future together.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Your Vote Matters!

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Your Vote Matters!

    Monday, October 31 2016 10:30 AM EDT2016-10-31 14:30:10 GMT
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. November 8.  That is the day we will all express our opinions on how we would like our government to work for us.  We may not like the choices we have, but at least we do have choices.  There are people all over the world that have no choice and have never had a choice. You've heard it many times before, and we here at WBTV...More >>
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. November 8.  That is the day we will all express our opinions on how we would like our government to work for us.  We may not like the choices we have, but at least we do have choices.  There are people all over the world that have no choice and have never had a choice. You've heard it many times before, and we here at WBTV...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Step in the Right Direction

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Step in the Right Direction

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 11:52 AM EDT2016-10-25 15:52:15 GMT
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Charlotte City Council says it has a plan of action in response to the Keith Scott shooting, that sparked days of social unrest  in Charlotte. To address people’s anger and frustration, city council spelled out what it was going to do in the form of a letter. Those action items include: creating 5-thousand additional housing units in...More >>
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Charlotte City Council says it has a plan of action in response to the Keith Scott shooting, that sparked days of social unrest  in Charlotte. To address people’s anger and frustration, city council spelled out what it was going to do in the form of a letter. Those action items include: creating 5-thousand additional housing units in...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Charllotte Businesses Step Up

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Charllotte Businesses Step Up

    Wednesday, October 19 2016 2:00 PM EDT2016-10-19 18:00:23 GMT

    Recently a local businessman said we can't rely on the government to fix our neighborhood problems - the business community has to step up and step in. And that is what we hope happens.

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    Recently a local businessman said we can't rely on the government to fix our neighborhood problems - the business community has to step up and step in. And that is what we hope happens.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: St. Jude -- Making a Difference

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: St. Jude -- Making a Difference

    Monday, October 10 2016 9:42 AM EDT2016-10-10 13:42:51 GMT

    Thank you to all who reserved their ticket for this year’s Dream Home.  You are making a difference in the lives of so many families fighting this terrible disease.

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    Thank you to all who reserved their ticket for this year’s Dream Home.  You are making a difference in the lives of so many families fighting this terrible disease.

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  • Speak Out Editorial: Taking a Knee -- Your Opinions

    Speak Out Editorial: Taking a Knee -- Your Opinions

    Monday, October 3 2016 1:08 PM EDT2016-10-03 17:08:21 GMT

    The San Francisco 49ers and their controversial quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, recently visited Bank of America Stadium. This prompted our editorial calling for more dialogue regarding race relations in our country.

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    The San Francisco 49ers and their controversial quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, recently visited Bank of America Stadium. This prompted our editorial calling for more dialogue regarding race relations in our country.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Violence in the Queen City

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Violence in the Queen City

    Tuesday, September 27 2016 8:42 AM EDT2016-09-27 12:42:13 GMT

    What have you been feeling about the events of the past week here in Charlotte? If you’re like us, it’s been a mix of sadness and disbelief.

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    What have you been feeling about the events of the past week here in Charlotte? If you’re like us, it’s been a mix of sadness and disbelief.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Let's Keep CMS Test Scores Rising

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Let's Keep CMS Test Scores Rising

    Monday, September 19 2016 10:31 AM EDT2016-09-19 14:31:22 GMT

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    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district is reporting an increase in all subjects except for one – English Two. It’s good to hear that CMS is already tackling the reasons why THOSE scores have dropped again.

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    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district is reporting an increase in all subjects except for one – English Two. It’s good to hear that CMS is already tackling the reasons why THOSE scores have dropped again.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Controversy, and a Chance for Conversation

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Controversy, and a Chance for Conversation

    Tuesday, September 13 2016 12:51 PM EDT2016-09-13 16:51:05 GMT

    Whatever your position on standing at attention for the National Anthem, we hope that you’ll show respect for those with whom you may disagree. And let’s continue the conversation. Not talking about America’s problems will not solve them.

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    Whatever your position on standing at attention for the National Anthem, we hope that you’ll show respect for those with whom you may disagree. And let’s continue the conversation. Not talking about America’s problems will not solve them.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial:Too Young to Be Suspended

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial:Too Young to Be Suspended

    Tuesday, September 6 2016 10:41 AM EDT2016-09-06 14:41:36 GMT

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    Okay, even young children need to be disciplined occasionally. But there has to be a better way to teach little kids proper behavior than kicking them out of school for a week and a half.

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    Okay, even young children need to be disciplined occasionally. But there has to be a better way to teach little kids proper behavior than kicking them out of school for a week and a half.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Looking for the Best Candidates

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Looking for the Best Candidates

    Monday, August 29 2016 11:49 AM EDT2016-08-29 15:49:58 GMT

    ­If we don’t start grooming people to get involved in the political process, then we may forever be stuck choosing between “the lesser of two evils.”

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    ­If we don’t start grooming people to get involved in the political process, then we may forever be stuck choosing between “the lesser of two evils.”

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Heartbreak in Gaston County

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Heartbreak in Gaston County

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 3:08 PM EDT2016-08-23 19:08:34 GMT

    There aren't enough police and social workers to catch every sign of trouble. So, “if you see something, say something.”

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    There aren't enough police and social workers to catch every sign of trouble. So, “if you see something, say something.”

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Striving to Make Justice Color-Blind

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Striving to Make Justice Color-Blind

    Monday, August 15 2016 1:17 PM EDT2016-08-15 17:17:33 GMT

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    At WBTV, we are committed to Community Conversations. And we have a real jewel in the Queen City with RMJJ. Find out how you can get involved at RMJJ.org.

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    At WBTV, we are committed to Community Conversations. And we have a real jewel in the Queen City with RMJJ. Find out how you can get involved at RMJJ.org.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Super Bowl Hopes for the Queen City

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Super Bowl Hopes for the Queen City

    Monday, August 8 2016 1:36 PM EDT2016-08-08 17:36:04 GMT

    Charlotte would be an amazing host city for the Super Bowl. And the worldwide exposure for the Queen City and the economic impact for local businesses for four quarters of football at Bank of America Stadium would be a huge plus.

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    Charlotte would be an amazing host city for the Super Bowl. And the worldwide exposure for the Queen City and the economic impact for local businesses for four quarters of football at Bank of America Stadium would be a huge plus.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Conversation on Race, Violence, Community Issues

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Conversation on Race, Violence, Community Issues

    Tuesday, July 26 2016 10:24 AM EDT2016-07-26 14:24:30 GMT

    On Tuesday, August 2, at 8pm WBTV’s Steve Crump and Molly Grantham will be joined by local leaders to talk about issues facing our community in a one-hour Primetime special. And we hope YOU’LL join us in that conversation.

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    On Tuesday, August 2, at 8pm WBTV’s Steve Crump and Molly Grantham will be joined by local leaders to talk about issues facing our community in a one-hour Primetime special. And we hope YOU’LL join us in that conversation.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Working Together to Make a Change

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Working Together to Make a Change

    Tuesday, July 12 2016 2:14 PM EDT2016-07-12 18:14:58 GMT

    It’s time for real change in America.

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    It’s time for real change in America.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Can We "Stop The Violence"?

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Can We "Stop The Violence"?

    Tuesday, July 5 2016 12:28 PM EDT2016-07-05 16:28:10 GMT

    Some feel we should do away with ALL personal firearms. Others say, “Arm everyone.”

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    Some feel we should do away with ALL personal firearms. Others say, “Arm everyone.”

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Have Fun, But Be Safe This Summer

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Have Fun, But Be Safe This Summer

    Monday, June 27 2016 3:28 PM EDT2016-06-27 19:28:47 GMT

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    Summertime in the Carolinas means hazy, lazy days where we break from the routine and enjoy more time outdoors.But summer is not a time to let down our guard.

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    Summertime in the Carolinas means hazy, lazy days where we break from the routine and enjoy more time outdoors.But summer is not a time to let down our guard.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Risking Their Lives to Save Others

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Risking Their Lives to Save Others

    Tuesday, June 21 2016 11:00 AM EDT2016-06-21 15:00:37 GMT

    “Rest in peace” Bradley Long and Richard Sheltra, and “Godspeed” to those who continue your work.

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    “Rest in peace” Bradley Long and Richard Sheltra, and “Godspeed” to those who continue your work.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Make Your Neighborhood Schools Better -- Volunteer

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Make Your Neighborhood Schools Better -- Volunteer

    Monday, June 6 2016 12:07 PM EDT2016-06-06 16:07:37 GMT

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    An African proverb states, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” These days, it also takes a whole village to educate a child.

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    An African proverb states, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” These days, it also takes a whole village to educate a child.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Brighter Future Through Reading

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Brighter Future Through Reading

    Tuesday, May 31 2016 9:11 AM EDT2016-05-31 13:11:17 GMT
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Here are some frightening new statistics on childhood literacy… Sixty percent of third graders in Mecklenburg County are NOT reading at grade level.  A recent study* found that one in six children who are not reading proficiently in third grade do not graduate from high school on time.  That’s four times great...More >>
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Here are some frightening new statistics on childhood literacy… Sixty percent of third graders in Mecklenburg County are NOT reading at grade level.  A recent study* found that one in six children who are not reading proficiently in third grade do not graduate from high school on time.  That’s four times great...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Remembering Those Who Died for Us

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Remembering Those Who Died for Us

    Monday, May 23 2016 1:11 PM EDT2016-05-23 17:11:23 GMT

    On Memorial Day, we remember their sacrifice and the loss endured by their loved ones. Let us honor them by renewing our efforts to live together as ONE nation, under God.

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    On Memorial Day, we remember their sacrifice and the loss endured by their loved ones. Let us honor them by renewing our efforts to live together as ONE nation, under God.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Fair Shake Regardless of Color

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Fair Shake Regardless of Color

    Monday, May 9 2016 1:46 PM EDT2016-05-09 17:46:15 GMT
    Wednesday, May 11 2016 7:00 AM EDT2016-05-11 11:00:25 GMT

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    All students deserve a fair shake in life. But before that can happen, they first have to get a fair shake in school.

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    All students deserve a fair shake in life. But before that can happen, they first have to get a fair shake in school.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: The "Bathroom Bill" - Not N.C.'s Most Urgent Need

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: The "Bathroom Bill" - Not N.C.'s Most Urgent Need

    Monday, May 2 2016 3:34 PM EDT2016-05-02 19:34:15 GMT
    Wednesday, May 4 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-05-04 10:00:16 GMT

    ­It’s hard to recall a more contentious issue facing North Carolina than the recent legislative response to Charlotte’s “bathroom bill.” But it seems to us that North Carolina is faced with many more pressing issues.

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    ­It’s hard to recall a more contentious issue facing North Carolina than the recent legislative response to Charlotte’s “bathroom bill.” But it seems to us that North Carolina is faced with many more pressing issues.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Yes, In My Back Yard!

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Yes, In My Back Yard!

    Thursday, April 21 2016 1:19 PM EDT2016-04-21 17:19:53 GMT
    Wednesday, April 27 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-04-27 10:00:19 GMT

    ­The dream of finding affordable housing is nothing short of a nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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    ­The dream of finding affordable housing is nothing short of a nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Consumption or Income Tax: Have a Preference?

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Consumption or Income Tax: Have a Preference?

    Monday, April 18 2016 1:46 PM EDT2016-04-18 17:46:51 GMT
    Wednesday, April 20 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-04-20 10:00:18 GMT

    ­You’ve probably heard the saying, "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." We'd like to get your feedback on the latter - TAXES.

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    ­You’ve probably heard the saying, "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." We'd like to get your feedback on the latter - TAXES.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Invest in Our Students - Volunteer!

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Invest in Our Students - Volunteer!

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 1:10 PM EDT2016-04-12 17:10:31 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 12:06 PM EDT2016-04-14 16:06:35 GMT

    A donation of your time or resources can have a profound impact on the life of a child.

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    A donation of your time or resources can have a profound impact on the life of a child.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: New Hope for Wayward Youth

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: New Hope for Wayward Youth

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 10:52 AM EDT2016-04-05 14:52:32 GMT
    Wednesday, April 6 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-04-06 10:00:16 GMT

    ­Sheriff Carmichael wants to reduce the number of repeat and youthful offenders being incarcerated. Violent criminals, of course, belong in jail. However, some of our young people have made mistakes and simply need direction.

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    ­Sheriff Carmichael wants to reduce the number of repeat and youthful offenders being incarcerated. Violent criminals, of course, belong in jail. However, some of our young people have made mistakes and simply need direction.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: New Mayor’s Promise for Charlotte’s Youth

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: New Mayor’s Promise for Charlotte’s Youth

    Monday, March 28 2016 1:14 PM EDT2016-03-28 17:14:27 GMT
    Thursday, March 31 2016 9:44 AM EDT2016-03-31 13:44:33 GMT

    Mayor Roberts is asking for more businesses to sign up to give young people economic opportunities. This will help prepare them for the real world.

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    Mayor Roberts is asking for more businesses to sign up to give young people economic opportunities. This will help prepare them for the real world.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Transparency and Trust

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Transparency and Trust

    Monday, March 21 2016 11:04 AM EDT2016-03-21 15:04:37 GMT
    Wednesday, March 23 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-03-23 10:00:19 GMT

    Policing is a tough business, and most officers handle the job very well. We count on the Chief to police his department as vigorously as his officers do the criminals they pursue.

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    Policing is a tough business, and most officers handle the job very well. We count on the Chief to police his department as vigorously as his officers do the criminals they pursue.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Let Your Voice Be Heard

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Let Your Voice Be Heard

    Monday, March 7 2016 12:28 PM EST2016-03-07 17:28:17 GMT
    Wednesday, March 9 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-03-09 11:00:17 GMT
    ­ Go to the polls on Tuesday. Make a difference. Let YOUR voice be heard. More >>

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    Go to the polls on Tuesday. Make a difference. Let YOUR voice be heard.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Disorganized School Board Fails the Test

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Disorganized School Board Fails the Test

    Monday, February 22 2016 9:37 AM EST2016-02-22 14:37:54 GMT
    Wednesday, February 24 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-02-24 11:00:23 GMT
    ­ CMS needs a Superintendent who can take this district to the next level. Every day the Board waits to find a new leader, students, their parents, and teachers are stuck with no clear vision for the future. More >>

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    CMS needs a Superintendent who can take this district to the next level. Every day the Board waits to find a new leader, students, their parents, and teachers are stuck with no clear vision for the future.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CMS Diversity - How Do You Feel About It?

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CMS Diversity - How Do You Feel About It?

    Monday, February 15 2016 1:29 PM EST2016-02-15 18:29:15 GMT
    Wednesday, February 17 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-02-17 11:00:17 GMT
    CMS seeks to increase the student diversity of its classrooms throughout the district. More >>

    CMS seeks to increase the student diversity of its classrooms throughout the district.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Super Season Comes Up A Little Short

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Super Season Comes Up A Little Short

    Monday, February 8 2016 12:52 PM EST2016-02-08 17:52:57 GMT
    Wednesday, February 10 2016 5:00 AM EST2016-02-10 10:00:18 GMT
    ­ As we know, this kind of season doesn’t come along all that often. We thank Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson and everyone in the organization for taking us on an incredible thrill ride. More >>

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    As we know, this kind of season doesn’t come along all that often. We thank Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson and everyone in the organization for taking us on an incredible thrill ride.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: When Panthers Win, Charlotte Wins

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: When Panthers Win, Charlotte Wins

    Wednesday, January 27 2016 11:13 AM EST2016-01-27 16:13:25 GMT
    Wednesday, January 27 2016 11:13 AM EST2016-01-27 16:13:25 GMT
    Our Panthers impressive run keeps going. One more tough win will bring the coveted Lombardi Trophy to the Carolinas. More >>

    Our Panthers impressive run keeps going. One more tough win will bring the coveted Lombardi Trophy to the Carolinas.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Responses on Gun Control

    Tuesday, January 19 2016 2:24 PM EST2016-01-19 19:24:56 GMT
    Wednesday, January 20 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-01-20 11:00:14 GMT
    Our recent editorial on trying to curb gun violence drew passionate responses – all on the side of 2nd Amendment rights. More >>

    Our recent editorial on trying to curb gun violence drew passionate responses – all on the side of 2nd Amendment rights.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Go Panthers, Keep Pounding!

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Go Panthers, Keep Pounding!

    Tuesday, January 12 2016 9:57 AM EST2016-01-12 14:57:08 GMT
    Wednesday, January 13 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-01-13 11:00:19 GMT
    ­ We certainly hope the Panthers achieve their goal of winning Super Bowl 50. Keep pounding! More >>

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    We certainly hope the Panthers achieve their goal of winning Super Bowl 50. Keep pounding!

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Mass Shootings in America -- Something Has to Change

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Mass Shootings in America -- Something Has to Change

    Wednesday, December 23 2015 2:19 PM EST2015-12-23 19:19:27 GMT
    Wednesday, December 30 2015 6:00 AM EST2015-12-30 11:00:16 GMT
    This was another deadly year in United States. Gun violence left a path of destruction from coast to coast. In 2015, there were 353 mass shootings. More >>

    This was another deadly year in United States. Gun violence left a path of destruction from coast to coast. In 2015, there were 353 mass shootings.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Merry Christmas From WBTV!

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Merry Christmas From WBTV!

    Wednesday, December 23 2015 2:59 PM EST2015-12-23 19:59:04 GMT
    Wednesday, December 23 2015 2:59 PM EST2015-12-23 19:59:04 GMT
    Merry Christmas From WBTV! More >>

    Merry Christmas From WBTV!

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Terrorists and Fear

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Terrorists and Fear

    Wednesday, December 16 2015 2:13 PM EST2015-12-16 19:13:17 GMT
    Wednesday, December 16 2015 2:13 PM EST2015-12-16 19:13:17 GMT
    This IS “the land of the free…the home of the brave.” Live your life. Enjoy your freedom a nd don’t let anyone take away your liberty. More >>

    This IS “the land of the free…the home of the brave.” Live your life. Enjoy your freedom a nd don’t let anyone take away your liberty.

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  • WBTV Speak Out: Challenges Ahead for Charlotte's Leaders

    WBTV Speak Out: Challenges Ahead for Charlotte's Leaders

    Monday, December 7 2015 3:40 PM EST2015-12-07 20:40:16 GMT
    Wednesday, December 9 2015 6:00 AM EST2015-12-09 11:00:19 GMT
    There’s a new Mayor in charge, new City Council members, and a new Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board member. And so, we’re looking for some positive change – ongoing improvements that will set Charlotte up for continued greatness. More >>

    There’s a new Mayor in charge, new City Council members, and a new Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board member. And so, we’re looking for some positive change – ongoing improvements that will set Charlotte up for continued greatness.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Cell Phone Responsibility: Students AND Parents

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Cell Phone Responsibility: Students AND Parents

    Monday, November 30 2015 12:33 PM EST2015-11-30 17:33:46 GMT
    Wednesday, December 2 2015 6:00 AM EST2015-12-02 11:00:13 GMT
    Being one step ahead of your children now could prevent a lifetime of embarrassment that – in this day and age – is never erased.More >>

    Being one step ahead of your children now could prevent a lifetime of embarrassment that – in this day and age – is never erased.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: New GM Scott Dempsey

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: New GM Scott Dempsey

    Monday, November 23 2015 1:07 PM EST2015-11-23 18:07:39 GMT
    Monday, November 30 2015 9:38 AM EST2015-11-30 14:38:51 GMT
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    ­Meet WBTV's new GM Scott Dempsey.More >>

    ­Meet WBTV's new GM Scott Dempsey.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Let's Take Care of Our Veterans

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Let's Take Care of Our Veterans

    Wednesday, November 18 2015 10:40 AM EST2015-11-18 15:40:28 GMT
    Wednesday, November 18 2015 10:40 AM EST2015-11-18 15:40:27 GMT
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.Each year at about this time, we take a moment to salute our veterans and to thank them for their service to our nation.And we certainly do that now – whether you fought in World War II, or you’ve just finished your hitch in a non-combat situation.But let’s remember that thousands of our vets return home dramatically changed fr...More >>
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.Each year at about this time, we take a moment to salute our veterans and to thank them for their service to our nation.And we certainly do that now – whether you fought in World War II, or you’ve just finished your hitch in a non-combat situation.But let’s remember that thousands of our vets return home dramatically changed fr...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: SRO Role Needs Clarification

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: SRO Role Needs Clarification

    Wednesday, November 18 2015 10:35 AM EST2015-11-18 15:35:27 GMT
    Wednesday, November 18 2015 10:35 AM EST2015-11-18 15:35:26 GMT
    School safety experts say the line between security – the officers’ prime responsibility – and discipline – which administrators and teachers traditionally manage – has been blurred.More >>
    School safety experts say the line between security – the officers’ prime responsibility – and discipline – which administrators and teachers traditionally manage – has been blurred.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: After the Flooding; Much Left to Do

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: After the Flooding; Much Left to Do

    Monday, October 19 2015 4:39 PM EDT2015-10-19 20:39:11 GMT
    Monday, November 16 2015 3:11 PM EST2015-11-16 20:11:01 GMT
    The state of South Carolina has been through a lot in the last few months. Unprecedented rainfall in South Carolina caused what has been dubbed the “thousand-year flood.”More >>
    The state of South Carolina has been through a lot in the last few months. Unprecedented rainfall in South Carolina caused what has been dubbed the “thousand-year flood.”More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Finding a New, Great Leader for CMS

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Finding a New, Great Leader for CMS

    Tuesday, October 27 2015 2:07 PM EDT2015-10-27 18:07:19 GMT
    Wednesday, October 28 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-10-28 10:00:19 GMT
    Let the search begin immediately to find Charlotte's next top educator! The community deserves it.More >>
    Let the search begin immediately to find Charlotte's next top educator! The community deserves it.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Well-Deserved Honor for Rev. Billy Graham

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Well-Deserved Honor for Rev. Billy Graham

    Monday, October 12 2015 1:03 PM EDT2015-10-12 17:03:08 GMT
    Wednesday, October 14 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-10-14 10:00:16 GMT
    We commend our state’s leaders for their efforts to honor such an outstanding native son of both Charlotte and North Carolina. Congratulations, Rev. Billy Graham.More >>
    We commend our state’s leaders for their efforts to honor such an outstanding native son of both Charlotte and North Carolina. Congratulations, Rev. Billy Graham.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Charlotte's West Side Story

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Charlotte's West Side Story

    Tuesday, October 6 2015 10:46 AM EDT2015-10-06 14:46:30 GMT
    Wednesday, October 7 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-10-07 10:00:16 GMT
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.Once again Charlotte is booming!And this time the city is writing its own version of West Side Story.We applaud the efforts.Center City partners recently hired a new Director for the Historic West End.Alysia Osbourne will lead the revitalization effort.And she’s got inertia on her side.For those of you who haven’t ventured west of I-...More >>
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.Once again Charlotte is booming!And this time the city is writing its own version of West Side Story.We applaud the efforts.Center City partners recently hired a new Director for the Historic West End.Alysia Osbourne will lead the revitalization effort.And she’s got inertia on her side.For those of you who haven’t ventured west of I-...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out: NC State Budget Finally Completed

    WBTV Speak Out: NC State Budget Finally Completed

    Thursday, October 1 2015 2:27 PM EDT2015-10-01 18:27:05 GMT
    Thursday, October 1 2015 2:27 PM EDT2015-10-01 18:27:05 GMT
    The North Carolina state budget has finally been signed, sealed and delivered.More >>
    The North Carolina state budget has finally been signed, sealed and delivered.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out: The Belks - A Most Giving Family

    WBTV Speak Out: The Belks - A Most Giving Family

    Friday, September 25 2015 12:39 PM EDT2015-09-25 16:39:28 GMT
    Friday, September 25 2015 12:45 PM EDT2015-09-25 16:45:57 GMT
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.Belk Department Stores recently announced that they would be relinquishing ownership of the family-run chain.Businesses do that – even popular, successful businesses like Belk. And while the stores aren’t going anywhere, we feel it’s worth taking a moment to say “Thanks” and “Well done” to the Belk famil...More >>
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.Belk Department Stores recently announced that they would be relinquishing ownership of the family-run chain.Businesses do that – even popular, successful businesses like Belk. And while the stores aren’t going anywhere, we feel it’s worth taking a moment to say “Thanks” and “Well done” to the Belk famil...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Alleviate Hunger, With A Walk in the Park

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Alleviate Hunger, With A Walk in the Park

    Tuesday, September 15 2015 12:59 PM EDT2015-09-15 16:59:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 17 2015 12:03 PM EDT2015-09-17 16:03:15 GMT
    Most of us are fortunate enough to never know real hunger. But more families in our community than you might imagine struggle to put food on the table every day. More >>
    Most of us are fortunate enough to never know real hunger. But more families in our community than you might imagine struggle to put food on the table every day. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Calm Amidst the Kerrick Storm

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Calm Amidst the Kerrick Storm

    Tuesday, September 8 2015 1:12 PM EDT2015-09-08 17:12:48 GMT
    Wednesday, September 9 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-09-09 10:00:18 GMT
    And in the court of public opinion, it appears the jury is also hopelessly deadlocked. But we must move forward, and pray that there never is a next time. More >>
    And in the court of public opinion, it appears the jury is also hopelessly deadlocked. But we must move forward, and pray that there never is a next time. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: #Brake4Buses

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: #Brake4Buses

    Monday, August 31 2015 9:37 AM EDT2015-08-31 13:37:25 GMT
    Wednesday, September 2 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-09-02 10:00:17 GMT
    You’ll be seeing a lot of this: “HASH-TAG, BRAKE 4 BUSES.” That’s why we’re imploring you to “Brake 4 Buses.” It’s a WBTV “On Your Side” school year campaign. You’ll be seeing a lot of this: “HASH-TAG, BRAKE 4 BUSES.”More >>
    You’ll be seeing a lot of this: “HASH-TAG, BRAKE 4 BUSES.” That’s why we’re imploring you to “Brake 4 Buses.” It’s a WBTV “On Your Side” school year campaign. You’ll be seeing a lot of this: “HASH-TAG, BRAKE 4 BUSES.”More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out: Curtailing Distracted Driving

    WBTV Speak Out: Curtailing Distracted Driving

    Monday, August 17 2015 11:36 AM EDT2015-08-17 15:36:33 GMT
    Wednesday, August 19 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-08-19 10:00:12 GMT
      “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.Remember the old Driver’s Ed mantra: “Hands at ten and two…Heads-up driving…pay attention to the road ahead”?Well, a lot of us have seemingly forgotten those lessons. Last year some 3000 people died in distracted driving tragedies.  In 2008, North Carolina teen Brian Garlock died while making a ph...More >>
      “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.Remember the old Driver’s Ed mantra: “Hands at ten and two…Heads-up driving…pay attention to the road ahead”?Well, a lot of us have seemingly forgotten those lessons. Last year some 3000 people died in distracted driving tragedies.  In 2008, North Carolina teen Brian Garlock died while making a ph...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: St. Jude - Battling Childhood Cancer

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: St. Jude - Battling Childhood Cancer

    Monday, August 10 2015 12:24 PM EDT2015-08-10 16:24:01 GMT
    Wednesday, August 12 2015 2:37 PM EDT2015-08-12 18:37:10 GMT
    There’s a place in Memphis that’s really at the forefront of this ongoing battle – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.More >>
    There’s a place in Memphis that’s really at the forefront of this ongoing battle – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Catching the Bus Out of Town

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Catching the Bus Out of Town

    One thousand one hundred and three...That's how many Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District teachers resigned or retired this past school year. They called it quits…threw in the towel…said enough was enough.More >>
    One thousand one hundred and three...That's how many Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District teachers resigned or retired this past school year. They called it quits…threw in the towel…said enough was enough.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Catching the Bus Out of Town

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Catching the Bus Out of Town

    Monday, August 3 2015 1:28 PM EDT2015-08-03 17:28:28 GMT
    Wednesday, August 5 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-08-05 10:00:15 GMT
    One thousand one hundred and three...That's how many Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District teachers resigned or retired this past school year. They called it quits…threw in the towel…said enough was enough.More >>
    One thousand one hundred and three...That's how many Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District teachers resigned or retired this past school year. They called it quits…threw in the towel…said enough was enough.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Changing of the Police Guard

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Changing of the Police Guard

    Monday, July 27 2015 12:00 PM EDT2015-07-27 16:00:24 GMT
    Wednesday, July 29 2015 1:49 PM EDT2015-07-29 17:49:00 GMT
    Incoming Chief Kerr Putney is a 23-year veteran of the police department, and is, indeed, the first officer to be promoted through the ranks to the force’s top position.Chief Putney says he has no immediate plans to radically change what has been working well. But we’re sure he’ll be his own man and will seek to improve the force and its relationship with the public wherever he can.More >>
    Incoming Chief Kerr Putney is a 23-year veteran of the police department, and is, indeed, the first officer to be promoted through the ranks to the force’s top position.Chief Putney says he has no immediate plans to radically change what has been working well. But we’re sure he’ll be his own man and will seek to improve the force and its relationship with the public wherever he can.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out: Fast As Lightning - Thunder Road

    WBTV Speak Out: Fast As Lightning - Thunder Road

    Thursday, July 23 2015 2:50 PM EDT2015-07-23 18:50:48 GMT
    Thursday, July 23 2015 2:50 PM EDT2015-07-23 18:50:49 GMT
    Thanks for the memories Thunder Road!More >>
    Thanks for the memories Thunder Road!More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Symbolic Change for South Carolina

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Symbolic Change for South Carolina

    Tuesday, July 14 2015 1:23 PM EDT2015-07-14 17:23:46 GMT
    Wednesday, July 15 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-07-15 10:00:16 GMT
    The American flag brings us together. Whatever our differences may be. That’s a symbol we can all get behind.More >>
    The American flag brings us together. Whatever our differences may be. That’s a symbol we can all get behind.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Hope Springs From the Charleston Tragedy

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Hope Springs From the Charleston Tragedy

    Wednesday, July 8 2015 3:06 PM EDT2015-07-08 19:06:30 GMT
    Wednesday, July 8 2015 3:13 PM EDT2015-07-08 19:13:31 GMT
    Speak Out is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.Youre no doubt aware of the nine innocent lives violently taken away in a Charleston Church.Horrific, tragic, senseless all appropriate adjectives to describe what happened during that Bible Study.But there are other words we can associate with the family members of the victims.They came across as remarkable, exemplary, and inspiring.One after another, they forga...More >>
    Speak Out is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.Youre no doubt aware of the nine innocent lives violently taken away in a Charleston Church.Horrific, tragic, senseless all appropriate adjectives to describe what happened during that Bible Study.But there are other words we can associate with the family members of the victims.They came across as remarkable, exemplary, and inspiring.One after another, they forga...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Toll Lanes Drive Viewers Crazy

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Toll Lanes Drive Viewers Crazy

    Friday, June 19 2015 11:36 AM EDT2015-06-19 15:36:41 GMT
    Wednesday, June 24 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-06-24 10:00:12 GMT
    The following is a response to a recent Speak Out editorial. The views expressed are solely those of the speaker.To no one's surprise, our viewers whole-heartily agreed with our recent editorial opposed to new toll lanes.From Michael Szumowski II:Your coverage on the I-77 H-O-T lanes was spot on…. I am not a part of any group nor promoting any political agenda. Just an extremely concerned Cornelius resident.“Zoom Kat” wonders:…why the highway department chooses money-making…instead of decreas...More >>
    The following is a response to a recent Speak Out editorial. The views expressed are solely those of the speaker.To no one's surprise, our viewers whole-heartily agreed with our recent editorial opposed to new toll lanes.From Michael Szumowski II:Your coverage on the I-77 H-O-T lanes was spot on…. I am not a part of any group nor promoting any political agenda. Just an extremely concerned Cornelius resident.“Zoom Kat” wonders:…why the highway department chooses money-making…instead of decreas...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Gax Tax Responses

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Gax Tax Responses

    Monday, June 15 2015 2:56 PM EDT2015-06-15 18:56:31 GMT
    Monday, June 15 2015 2:56 PM EDT2015-06-15 18:56:31 GMT
    The following is a response to a recent Speak Out editorial. The views expressed are solely those of the speaker.As we anticipated, our recent editorial on the lowered gas tax – at the expense of higher fees – touched a nerve with our viewers.Mr. James Jimison of Hickory stated that:“It's very possible that we'll be paying $800 extra per vehicle….This is something the legislators don't want us to know…This is ridiculous and outrageous. I encourage everybody to vote against it.”Self-professed ...More >>
    The following is a response to a recent Speak Out editorial. The views expressed are solely those of the speaker.As we anticipated, our recent editorial on the lowered gas tax – at the expense of higher fees – touched a nerve with our viewers.Mr. James Jimison of Hickory stated that:“It's very possible that we'll be paying $800 extra per vehicle….This is something the legislators don't want us to know…This is ridiculous and outrageous. I encourage everybody to vote against it.”Self-professed ...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Like It or Not, The Toll Lanes Are Coming

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Like It or Not, The Toll Lanes Are Coming

    Monday, June 1 2015 11:46 AM EDT2015-06-01 15:46:34 GMT
    Wednesday, June 3 2015 7:00 AM EDT2015-06-03 11:00:21 GMT

    They say “You can't fight City Hall.” Well, evidently, you can't fight the North Carolina Department of Transportation either. As you may have heard, the I-77 toll lanes are now a done deal.

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    They say “You can't fight City Hall.” Well, evidently, you can't fight the North Carolina Department of Transportation either. As you may have heard, the I-77 toll lanes are now a done deal.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

    Tuesday, May 26 2015 11:33 AM EDT2015-05-26 15:33:58 GMT
    Wednesday, May 27 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-05-27 10:00:14 GMT

    Most pieces of legislation pass through without much fanfare. But we think you should pay close attention to N. C. Senate Bill 343. It could seriously change a teenager's future. Last year, there were about 1300 attacks on school personnel across North Carolina. That's a ridiculously high amount.

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     Most pieces of legislation pass through without much fanfare. But we think you should pay close attention to N. C. Senate Bill 343. It could seriously change a teenager's future. Last year, there were about 1300 attacks on school personnel across North Carolina. That's a ridiculously high amount.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Boomtown Charlotte -- Growing Too Fast?

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Boomtown Charlotte -- Growing Too Fast?

    Wednesday, May 6 2015 2:21 PM EDT2015-05-06 18:21:06 GMT
    Wednesday, May 6 2015 2:21 PM EDT2015-05-06 18:21:07 GMT
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.In case you haven't noticed, Charlotte's population is booming.According to Census data, we're up 40% from 2000 and Mecklenburg is now one of only 42 U.S. counties with more than a million residents.And if you look around, more people are moving here each day.In particular, people in their 20s and early 30s – commonly referred to as “millennials” – seem to be attracted...More >>
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.In case you haven't noticed, Charlotte's population is booming.According to Census data, we're up 40% from 2000 and Mecklenburg is now one of only 42 U.S. counties with more than a million residents.And if you look around, more people are moving here each day.In particular, people in their 20s and early 30s – commonly referred to as “millennials” – seem to be attracted...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Helping Others, the United Way

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Helping Others, the United Way

    Monday, April 27 2015 12:46 PM EDT2015-04-27 16:46:32 GMT
    Wednesday, April 29 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-04-29 10:00:18 GMT

    We'd like to commend recently-retired United Way President Jane McIntyre for her outstanding efforts in turning the organization around. And we welcome new President Sean Garrett to the Charlotte area. We hear he has big plans for not only getting help to those in need, but ultimately for finding solutions to the array of problems many of our neighbors face.

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    We'd like to commend recently-retired United Way President Jane McIntyre for her outstanding efforts in turning the organization around. And we welcome new President Sean Garrett to the Charlotte area. We hear he has big plans for not only getting help to those in need, but ultimately for finding solutions to the array of problems many of our neighbors face.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Justice for Our Judicial System

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Justice for Our Judicial System

    Tuesday, April 21 2015 10:15 AM EDT2015-04-21 14:15:41 GMT
    Wednesday, April 22 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-04-22 10:00:17 GMT

    Our society's adherence to the rule of law, and the impartial, efficient administration of that rule, are critical to how we live with each other. Unfortunately, North Carolina ranks near the bottom in state spending on the judicial branch.

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    Our society's adherence to the rule of law, and the impartial, efficient administration of that rule, are critical to how we live with each other. Unfortunately, North Carolina ranks near the bottom in state spending on the judicial branch.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: I-485 Toll Lane Responses

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: I-485 Toll Lane Responses

    Monday, April 13 2015 12:10 PM EDT2015-04-13 16:10:22 GMT
    Wednesday, April 15 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-04-15 10:00:19 GMT

    As you might imagine, our recent editorial on the unused I-485 lane in south Charlotte drew some passionate responses…

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    As you might imagine, our recent editorial on the unused I-485 lane in south Charlotte drew some passionate responses…

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Comparing Medical Prices

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Comparing Medical Prices

    Monday, March 30 2015 1:11 PM EDT2015-03-30 17:11:10 GMT
    Wednesday, April 1 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-04-01 10:00:18 GMT

    Used to be when you had a serious illness you needed an operation, your family doctor would simply send you to your preferred health care facility. And then your company-provided insurance would pick up the tab for it all. Well, times have changed drastically.

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    Used to be when you had a serious illness you needed an operation, your family doctor would simply send you to your preferred health care facility. And then your company-provided insurance would pick up the tab for it all. Well, times have changed drastically.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Social Engineering on I-485

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Social Engineering on I-485

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 11:12 AM EDT2015-03-24 15:12:24 GMT
    Wednesday, March 25 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-03-25 10:00:15 GMT

    To those of you who commute on I-485 in south Charlotte, congratulations! A new lane opened for several miles back in December. But have you noticed? There's an extra lane there that's not being used.

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    To those of you who commute on I-485 in south Charlotte, congratulations! A new lane opened for several miles back in December. But have you noticed? There's an extra lane there that's not being used.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: "The One" Versus "The Many"

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: "The One" Versus "The Many"

    Wednesday, March 18 2015 8:46 AM EDT2015-03-18 12:46:44 GMT
    Wednesday, March 18 2015 8:46 AM EDT2015-03-18 12:46:45 GMT
    We'd like to talk to you about your “rights.” We say that we are endowed by our Creator with “certain unalienable rights,” and, indeed, the first ten amendments to our Constitution are known as “The Bill of Rights.” We bring this up now because of Charlotte City Council's recent vote which would have expanded the city's non-discrimination ordinance.More >>
    We'd like to talk to you about your “rights.” We say that we are endowed by our Creator with “certain unalienable rights,” and, indeed, the first ten amendments to our Constitution are known as “The Bill of Rights.” We bring this up now because of Charlotte City Council's recent vote which would have expanded the city's non-discrimination ordinance.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Demonstration of Courage

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Demonstration of Courage

    Monday, March 2 2015 12:40 PM EST2015-03-02 17:40:17 GMT
    Wednesday, March 4 2015 6:00 AM EST2015-03-04 11:00:21 GMT

    What would you be willing to die for? That's the question the protestors who marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 had to ask themselves.

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    What would you be willing to die for? That's the question the protestors who marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 had to ask themselves.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Pioneers in Racial Equality

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Pioneers in Racial Equality

    Monday, February 16 2015 2:01 PM EST2015-02-16 19:01:11 GMT
    Wednesday, February 18 2015 6:00 AM EST2015-02-18 11:00:21 GMT

    Professional Golfer Charlie Sifford and legendary Basketball Coach Dean Smith – two pioneers of racial equality representing the Tar Heel State.

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    Professional Golfer Charlie Sifford and legendary Basketball Coach Dean Smith – two pioneers of racial equality representing the Tar Heel State.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Improving NASCAR Hall of Fame Attendance – Your Take

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Improving NASCAR Hall of Fame Attendance – Your Take

    Monday, February 9 2015 1:34 PM EST2015-02-09 18:34:28 GMT
    Wednesday, February 11 2015 6:00 AM EST2015-02-11 11:00:23 GMT
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Our recent editorial asking viewers what might convince you to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame brought out a number of excellent ideas. A common theme was that ticket prices are too high. So drop the admission from $19.95 to $15 or even $10 for adults. You'd make it back up in volume. Sim...More >>
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Our recent editorial asking viewers what might convince you to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame brought out a number of excellent ideas. A common theme was that ticket prices are too high. So drop the admission from $19.95 to $15 or even $10 for adults. You'd make it back up in volume. Sim...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Longstanding Wrong Made Right

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Longstanding Wrong Made Right

    Tuesday, February 3 2015 2:05 PM EST2015-02-03 19:05:47 GMT
    Monday, February 9 2015 2:31 PM EST2015-02-09 19:31:02 GMT
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.A phrase we've heard a lot recently is “getting it right.”Well, it took about 54 years, but a court in South Carolina has finally gotten the case of the “Friendship Nine” “right.”A year after protestors made a bold statement at a Woolworth's in Greensboro, students from Friendship College in Ro...More >>
    “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.A phrase we've heard a lot recently is “getting it right.”Well, it took about 54 years, but a court in South Carolina has finally gotten the case of the “Friendship Nine” “right.”A year after protestors made a bold statement at a Woolworth's in Greensboro, students from Friendship College in Ro...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Hall of Fame's 2nd Chance

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Hall of Fame's 2nd Chance

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 12:55 PM EST2015-01-20 17:55:55 GMT
    Monday, February 9 2015 1:35 PM EST2015-02-09 18:35:41 GMT

    It's in all of our best interests to see the NASCAR Hall of Fame turn around and become a tourism destination and financial success. Send your ideas to SpeakOut at WBTV.com. We'll pass the best ones along.

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    It's in all of our best interests to see the NASCAR Hall of Fame turn around and become a tourism destination and financial success. Send your ideas to SpeakOut at WBTV.com. We'll pass the best ones along.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CMS - Looking for the Right Leader

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CMS - Looking for the Right Leader

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 12:36 PM EST2015-01-28 17:36:58 GMT
    Wednesday, January 28 2015 12:36 PM EST2015-01-28 17:36:59 GMT

    Wanted: an effective leader….The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district is once again searching for a new Superintendent.This time around, we hope the right person is chosen.

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    Wanted: an effective leader….The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district is once again searching for a new Superintendent.This time around, we hope the right person is chosen.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Children Under the Influence

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Children Under the Influence

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 1:36 PM EST2014-12-16 18:36:39 GMT
    Wednesday, December 17 2014 6:00 AM EST2014-12-17 11:00:22 GMT

    The average child starts drinking before age 14…that's middle school.38% of eighth graders have tried alcohol at least once…10% of 12-year-olds.By the time they reach 15, half of our children have had a drink.

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    The average child starts drinking before age 14…that's middle school.38% of eighth graders have tried alcohol at least once…10% of 12-year-olds.By the time they reach 15, half of our children have had a drink.

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Speaking Out for Those Who Can't

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Speaking Out for Those Who Can't

    Monday, December 8 2014 12:14 PM EST2014-12-08 17:14:08 GMT
    Wednesday, December 10 2014 6:00 AM EST2014-12-10 11:00:18 GMT

    Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools…fix the door.We're talking about this automatic door at Metro School.It hasn't been working for some time.And the door is critical.

     

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    Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools…fix the door.We're talking about this automatic door at Metro School.It hasn't been working for some time.And the door is critical.

     

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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: "Be Mo"

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: "Be Mo"

    Wednesday, December 3 2014 1:14 PM EST2014-12-03 18:14:32 GMT
    Wednesday, December 3 2014 1:14 PM EST2014-12-03 18:14:33 GMT
    "Big Mo""Big Mo"
    Recently, the West Charlotte High School family, and the whole community, lost a gentle giant by the name of Damon Jamal Collins –better known as “Big Mo.”More >>
    Recently, the West Charlotte High School family, and the whole community, lost a gentle giant by the name of Damon Jamal Collins –better known as “Big Mo.”More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Salute to Our Veterans

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Salute to Our Veterans

    Monday, November 17 2014 11:31 AM EST2014-11-17 16:31:15 GMT
    Monday, November 17 2014 11:31 AM EST2014-11-17 16:31:15 GMT
    To our veterans on this Veterans Day – whether you're still in your teens or approaching the century mark…still enlisted or long since retired – we want to say “Thank you” Thank you for your service, your sacrifices, for keeping our shores safe.
    May God richly bless you.
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    To our veterans on this Veterans Day – whether you're still in your teens or approaching the century mark…still enlisted or long since retired – we want to say “Thank you” Thank you for your service, your sacrifices, for keeping our shores safe.
    May God richly bless you.
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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Walking The Walk

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Walking The Walk

    Tuesday, November 4 2014 12:58 PM EST2014-11-04 17:58:57 GMT
    Wednesday, November 5 2014 6:00 AM EST2014-11-05 11:00:17 GMT
    You've heard it said, “He can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk?” Well, if you live around here, the answer seems to be a resounding “Yes!” Over the past month, tens of thousands of you hoofed it through the streets of Charlotte and Concord to raise money for others.More >>
    You've heard it said, “He can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk?” Well, if you live around here, the answer seems to be a resounding “Yes!” Over the past month, tens of thousands of you hoofed it through the streets of Charlotte and Concord to raise money for others.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Voting: A Privilege, A Responsibility

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Voting: A Privilege, A Responsibility

    Monday, October 27 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-10-27 14:40:28 GMT
    Wednesday, October 29 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-10-29 10:00:17 GMT
    On Tuesday, November 4th, exercise your right -- take advantage of your privilege as an American -- and get out and vote. It's your civic duty, but it's also an opportunity to make your voice heard.
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    On Tuesday, November 4th, exercise your right -- take advantage of your privilege as an American -- and get out and vote. It's your civic duty, but it's also an opportunity to make your voice heard.
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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Jobs for a Modern Economy

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Jobs for a Modern Economy

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Jobs for a Modern Economy

    Thursday, October 16 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-10-16 17:54:57 GMT
    Saturday, October 18 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-10-18 10:00:17 GMT
    Siemens Energy is a big, successful energy firm with a hub in southwest Charlotte. It just gave CPCC $32 million worth of software to prepare students for advanced manufacturing careers.More >>
    Siemens Energy is a big, successful energy firm with a hub in southwest Charlotte. It just gave CPCC $32 million worth of software to prepare students for advanced manufacturing careers.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Pro Athletes: Time to Shape Up

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Pro Athletes: Time to Shape Up

    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. This has got to stop. Professional athletes getting arrested for domestic violence,More >>
    This has got to stop. Professional athletes getting arrested for domestic violence, sexual assaults, DUIs and other crimes.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: STOP...Passing School Buses

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: STOP...Passing School Buses

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: STOP...Passing School Buses

    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Can you envision yourself ever passing a school bus on the side of the roadMore >>
    There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for passing a stopped school bus. They're big…They're bright yellow…They have lots of flashing lights… More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Honoring Our Nation's Lifesavers

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Honoring Our Nation's Lifesavers

    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Earlier this month our nation paused to remember those lost in the SeptemberMore >>
    The next time you see a police officer, a fire fighter or an EMT, give him or her a pat on the back and say "Thanks for being there – just in case."More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CMS Graduation Rates Rising

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CMS Graduation Rates Rising

    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. We're happy to report that more students are graduating from the Charlotte-MecklenburgMore >>
    We're happy to report that more students are graduating from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district. CMS now has an 85 percent graduation rate -- that's 4 points higher than last year and 15 points better than five years ago. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Congressional Disapproval

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Congressional Disapproval

    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Tomorrow evening, former U. S. Senator Olympia Snowe and former SecretaryMore >>
    Tomorrow evening, former U. S. Senator Olympia Snowe and former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman come to Charlotte to discuss our nation's insufferably partisan political system. They'll speak on how our elected officials MUST get back to civil discourse, cooperation, and compromise if our country is to return to its former glory. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: What's Next?

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: What's Next?

    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Mecklenburg County Health Director Dr. Marcus Plescia is asking CommissionersMore >>
    Mecklenburg County Health Director Dr. Marcus Plescia is asking Commissioners to ban smoking in county parks. Plescia is on record as saying "the county should model good behavior" and what better place to start than in its parks?More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Teachers Pay Responses

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Teachers Pay Responses

    The following is a response to a recent Speak Out editorial. The views expressed are solely those of the speaker. Our recent editorial on teacher pay raises drew reaction from both sides of the fence.More >>
    Our recent editorial on teacher pay raises drew reaction from both sides of the fence. William Austin equated raises with taxes.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: 0.3% Teacher Raises -- Not the Right Answer

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: 0.3% Teacher Raises -- Not the Right Answer

    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. It's official. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a whopping $21.1More >>
    North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a whopping $21.1 billion budget last week. You would think that would be enough to take care of all the state's business. Think again. More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: I-77 Congestion - Toll Lanes NOT the Answer

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: I-77 Congestion - Toll Lanes NOT the Answer

    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. Let's take a little drive on the highways of North Carolina…. I-85 throughMore >>
    We think ALL lanes should be open to ALL drivers. If you agree, let the decision-makers here and at the state capital know. Call them, write them, text them. "Drive" home your point.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: U.S. Soccer Team - Right on Goalllll!

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: U.S. Soccer Team - Right on Goalllll!

    "Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. As the 2014 World Cup came to a close with this week's Championship match,More >>
    As the 2014 World Cup came to a close with this week's Championship match, we commend the U.S. Men's National Team on a job well done.More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Equal for ALL Citizens

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Equal for ALL Citizens

    "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

    "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.

    "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

    "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

    "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

    "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

    "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

    "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

    "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

    "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

    "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

    "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

    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

    ­ "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

    ­ "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

    ­ "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?

    ­ "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

    ­ "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

    ­ "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

    "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

    "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

    ­ "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

    ­ "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

    ­ "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

    ­ "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

    "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

    ­ 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

    ­ "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

    ­ "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

    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

    ­ "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

    ­ "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

    ­ "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

    "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

    ­ "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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