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  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Goodbye HB2

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Goodbye HB2

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 12:50 PM EDT2017-04-05 16:50:47 GMT
    Wednesday, April 5 2017 12:50 PM EDT2017-04-05 16:50:47 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 is in the past FINALLY and North Carolina is out of the Bathroom Bill business.  Thanks to the NCAA’s looming deadline, banning NCAA Events in North Carolina until at least 2020, the state House, Senate and ultimately Governor Cooper were able to reach an agreement to roll back the controversial bill. We believe thi...More >>
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. H-B-2 is in the past FINALLY and North Carolina is out of the Bathroom Bill business.  Thanks to the NCAA’s looming deadline, banning NCAA Events in North Carolina until at least 2020, the state House, Senate and ultimately Governor Cooper were able to reach an agreement to roll back the controversial bill. We believe thi...More >>
  • WBTV Speak Out Editorial: What's on Your Mind?

    WBTV Speak Out Editorial: What's on Your Mind?

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:06 PM EDT2017-03-28 16:06:14 GMT
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Hello, I’m Scott Dempsey, Vice President & General Manager here at WBTV and the face of our 12-member editorial board. In the year-and-a-half that I’ve led our station, a lot has happened.  This community has weathered several big storms. The most serious, the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a CMPD officer la...More >>
    ­ “Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Hello, I’m Scott Dempsey, Vice President & General Manager here at WBTV and the face of our 12-member editorial board. In the year-and-a-half that I’ve led our station, a lot has happened.  This community has weathered several big storms. The most serious, the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a CMPD officer la...More >>
  • 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 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: 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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