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Carolina Commentary

This month marks the third birthday for Carolina Commentary, a North Carolina-centric political blog dedicated to pursuing collaborative and realistic approaches to solving public policy issues.

Virgil Smith, former president and publisher of the Asheville Citizen-Times, formed Carolina Commentary with three of his former editorial page editors in recognition of the challenges facing the state’s media.

Since then, we’ve shown our readers why they should care about specific threats to North Carolina’s system of democracy, its economy and justice for all. Our particular public policy topics include the environment, education, immigration and health care. And we’ve added additional writers–academics and other moderate progressives who hope to promote thoughtful debate that renounces ideology in favor of dialogue based on facts.

What do we believe?

  • Integrity: We commit to the highest standards in professionalism, intellectual honesty and transparency. We will be balanced, accurate and fair in our commentary.

  • Quality: We will provide content that is thorough, fresh and innovative.

  • Diversity: Our content will reflect the communities we serve, responsive to a diverse public.

  • Service: Our content will be free from outside influence, political pressure or economic interests.

  • Commentary: We will comment on issues of public interest.

In the last year we’ve published 18 commentaries, including those that recommended solutions:

  • To ensure protection of voting rights during the pandemic

  • To provide equal access to education for all children statewide

  • To encourage state government to use the pandemic to experiment with solutions to remedy structural ills

What do we ask of you?

Our thoughtful, bipartisan editorials are for sharing on any platform, whether it’s a newspaper, TV or radio website, political blog or social media site. So please, republish and share as you can. All we ask is that you attribute the content to Carolina Commentary and link to our site,

Let’s keep the discussion going.

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