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When the 2021 session of the General Assembly began, passage of legislation to advance public access to records of disciplinary actions taken by those employed by taxpayers in state and local government seemed like a longshot. Long a priority of North Carolina newspapers on behalf of the sta…

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Hugging our friends. Cheering on our local sports team in person. Eating indoors at our favorite restaurant after months of take-out. We’re now able to do things that felt out of reach during the height of this pandemic, thanks to the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Public employees work for you. Your taxes pay their salary. In fact you — every person reading this — have a right to find out what any public employee is paid.

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If true character is revealed during times of crisis, then Rutherford County has risen to the occasion. The global health pandemic has brought out the best in our community. From neighbors and frontline workers, to small businesses and corporations, everyone is doing their part to lend a hel…