Editorial

  WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Know What Your Vote Will Do

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. It’s a mid-term election year and that usually means lower voter turnout.  That gives you *more* power at the ballot box this year than a Presidential election year because fewer votes will likely determine the results. In North Carolina, the general public cannot amend their Constitution through ballot initiatives.  But, the publi...

  WBTV Speak Out Editorial: What's Important to You?

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. As a viewer of WBTV, you’ve heard us promise that we’re “on your side.”  We’ve served this community for nearly 70 years and, during that time, Charlotte has changed dramatically.  So have we.  Today, we’re more than a television station.  We’re your local source – on many platform...

  WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Taxes for Universal PreK

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. If you live in Mecklenburg County, by now you know your taxes are going up.They are not going up to build new schools, increase teacher wages  or create new jobs, but they are going up to give some disadvantaged four year olds a leg up on their education. Your increased taxes will create several new PreK classrooms for about 600 kids.This hik...

  WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Hornets' Nest of Rebellion

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. This week, as we celebrate the 4th of July with cookouts and fireworks, we would like to honor and remember the important role our area played in America’s War of Independence. The beginning of the end for the British army is often traced back to North Carolina and the area around Mecklenburg County. After early British progress putting d...

  WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Mental Illness Responses

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Recently, we urged you to consider the challenge mental illness creates for our communities.  We mentioned how law enforcement officers and county jails now find themselves serving as social workers and temporary housing solutions, even though that’s not their specialty.  However, we didn’t mention some of the great work alre...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Mental Illness

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Mental illness is a problem in our country. We see its influence on tragic events and it’s blamed each time another mass shooting claims more lives. And, yet, where are the resources proactively promoting mental health? Our law enforcement officers and county jails are being social workers and temporary housing solutions right now, but tha...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CIAA Success

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. The numbers are in and they show the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament was a huge success in Charlotte. This is the 13th year the C-I Double A held the popular event in the Queen City. And it wasn't an unlucky year. Not only did the tournament pump more than 50 million dollars into our local economy but it also h...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Transparent Budget

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Robby Thomas. Tens of thousands of educators from all over North Carolina organized a march in Raleigh to rally for respect, and for the General Assembly to address per pupil spending, restoration of longevity pay, additional compensation for advanced degrees, and the condition of public school resources. It was an impressive turnout, but lawmakers are no...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Memorial Day

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following our nation’s Civil War and became officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1971.  Unofficially, the last Monday in May signals the beginning of the summer season and many will gather to celebrate the occasion with friends and family. Cities and towns...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: HB 514 - For Students or Politicians?

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. House Bill 514 is getting lots of attention these days. The towns of Matthews, Mint Hill, Huntersville, and Cornelius all decided to join the bill that would give them the authority to break away from the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District,  create their own charter school district and raise taxes if needed to support the charter schools. ...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Ugly Politics

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Politics in North Carolina have gotten so ugly that people are suffering – and even dying. Hurricane Matthew hit in October 2016 and the federal government sent hundreds of millions of dollars to help our state with the recovery.  But, entire communities are still waiting for that money because the officials and politicians in Raleigh a...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Hurricane Matthew Relief

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Right now, more than 1,500 people in North Carolina are still waiting for help following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.  Some of them are in FEMA trailers built for temporary refuge, while others have just given up and moved back into their moldy, damaged homes without power. The federal government approved $236 mi...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Opioids in Our Schools

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. When we talk about the safety of our children, a slow, but increasing issue that needs to be addressed is opioid use in our schools. According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ NC DETECT report, there was a 40% increase in opioid overdose ER visits in 2017 compared to 2016 – and 5% of the overdoses were between t...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: School Safety Responses

The following is a response received after a recent Speak Out editorial. The views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the of the editorial board of WBTV. Recently, our editorial board asked for your opinions on how to prevent tragic mass shootings in our schools – and you answered the call. Terry Tolbert says, “I believe the root cause lies in the decline and disintegration of spirituality in our country. We are addressing the symptoms and not the root.&rdqu...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Better Pay for Teachers

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. We want better education and more money for our educators and school system but who’s paying? When Oklahoma lawmakers passed a massive tax hike for public schools and teacher pay raises, they expected appreciation. Instead, educators walked out. The move comes amid other states pressing for more money in classrooms. We applaud the mar...

  WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Make It Happen

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. It is 2018 and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are separate and *still* unequal according to a recent equity report titled “Breaking the Link.” Students in the poorest schools are less likely to have effective teachers or the same academic resources and opportunities as students in better neighborhoods. And most students in these ...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Enough is Enough

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Throughout our country’s history, people have joined together to express their need for change in a unified voice.  From the Women’s Suffrage March to the Million Man March, and many more, we are witnessing the “Enough is Enough” movement in schools across the nation. On March 14, students in every state walked o...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: What's the Cause/Solution?

"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. For those of us over the age of 20, our biggest fear at school was being turned down for a date or not making the football team. We live in different times now. Sadly, there have been so many school shootings since Columbine, in many ways, we've become numb to it all. Yet it seems to be a topic that's always on the table at our...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: CIAA Basketball Tournament

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member Jess Sessoms.. Another year in the books for the popular CIAA Basketball tournament. 13 years in Charlotte and we love the tournament being here. Thousands of fans came to Charlotte to cheer on their favorite basketball team. It was truly a fantastic week... Not only did we see great basketball.. But college scholarships were handed out too.   T...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Billy Graham - A Life That Mattered

We are going to miss you Rev. Billy Graham but we will never forget your ways and your God. Rest in Heaven

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Mass Shootings - An American Problem

l“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. This is not an editorial asking to outlaw guns.  This is an editorial demanding more from our elected leaders. The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida reminds us of one of the biggest threats to our national security – that nobody seems willing to do anything about. When someone tried to blow up ...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

The #MeToo movement has empowered many victims to come forward and threatens to disrupt a status quo that has allowed powerful people to prey upon others for far too long.  Our guess is that we have only scratched the surface and the headlines will not go away any time soon.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Charlotte Lawsuits

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member Jess Sessoms.. Recently, a WBTV News investigation revealed that the City of Charlotte has paid more than $13.3 million to defend and settle lawsuits over the past four years. The news team’s goal was to understand if your tax dollars were spent wisely in those legal matters, but unfortunately, questions remain unanswered because the city refused req...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Blessing in Disguise?

So, maybe it's best that Amazon bypassed Charlotte this time, giving us an opportunity to get our affairs in order.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: FOR SALE

It seems everyone is asking the same questions:  Who might make-up the next ownership group for the Carolina Panthers?  And what will become of the 22-year-old stadium?

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Look Back

As we look ahead to 2018, more challenges and opportunities await.  They'll impact some more than others, but in some ways they'll impact us all.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Don't Bow Down to Hackers

Create your working back-up plan – NOW - so that if the terrorists ever call you, you don't have to answer.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Happy Holidays

OUR hope is that you will find love, peace, comfort, and joy this holiday season and throughout the new year. From all of us at WBTV, "Happy Holidays!"

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Thank You For Your Donations

If you have donated to Toys For Tots, we thank you.  If you haven't yet, we hope you will.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Bump Stock Responses

The following is a response received after a recent Speak Out editorial. The views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the of the editorial board of WBTV. The WBTV Editorial Board recently addressed the bump stock, a firearm accessary used in the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 Americans and wounded more than 500 others.  We'd like to share some of the responses we received. Jonathan Propst says, "With the latest stance on gun control from your editori...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: A Season of Thanksgiving

Whatever the holiday holds for you, we hope it'll spent with people you care about, sharing a good meal and making lasting memories.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Hold Them Accountable

"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. It is finished - now we have to live with the election results. We believe how you live with those results - is hold the people who won accountable. Make sure they live up to their campaign promises and platforms. It all happened on November 7th. We saw people go to the polls and exercise their right to vote. We saw about 20 percent of Meckl...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Honoring Those Who Served

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Service. Sacrifice. Honor. Courage. Commitment. Those are the words that come to mind when thinking about our nation's veterans. "All gave some, some gave all." That is a truth that every veteran carries with them for a lifetime. As a proud American, I stand here fully aware of the freedoms afforded to me by those who have defended ...

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: VOTE - It's Your Duty and Right

Don't be silent Tuesday- go to the polls because if you don't vote you don't have the right to complain.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Bump Stocks

The Second Amendment is worth protecting, but so are American lives.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Conversations on Charlotte's Homicides

Sad to say it's becoming the new normal to hear that another person has been murdered in Charlotte. The Queen City's murder rate has already outpaced last year's number. When will it end and how can we as a community make it stop?

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Learn Better

We're at our best when we seek to understand each other.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Tragedy in Las Vegas

This week, we choose to use this time to express our sincere condolences to the victims of the violence in Las Vegas.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: We All Know Someone

We all know someone. Think about that. We all know someone who has either fought, or fights, breast cancer.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Thank You!

You answered the call and came through in a big way! Because of your generosity more than 269-thousand dollars were donated. For that we say THANK YOU. Whether your donation was big or small.

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Confederate Monuments

“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey. Recently, a group of protestors tore down the Confederate Soldiers Monument in Durham. Four were arrested and charged with felonies.  Confederate monuments like the one toppled in Durham are scattered across the South, including Charlotte. Governor Cooper has offered his solution, saying he wants to keep North Carolinians safe and give autho...