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A January week to ponder again race and schools

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist In its 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court spoke in powerfully direct language. As it struck down the South’s “separate but equal’’ schools for whites and for blacks, the unanimous court declared, “Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” “Today, education…

Trump’s inaugural address, and the words that were missing

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WALTER OLSON Guest Columnist Donald Trump, in his inaugural address: “The oath I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.” A harmless rhetorical flourish, no doubt, and one that Trump is by no means the first to make. And yet… Note that the president’s actual oath of…

Assessing Barack Obama’s foreign policy

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CHRISTOPHER A. PREBLE Guest Columnist President Barack Obama’s critics are happy to see him go, even as some acknowledge that he carried himself with dignity and grace for eight years in office. He departs the presidency with favorable approval ratings among the public at large, but is handing over power…

The Trump era begins

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The impulse to declare that President Donald Trump is “not my president” or is an illegitimate leader is as inappropriate today as it was when those terms were being used to refer to Barack Obama eight years. Trump is president for at least the next four years, like it or…

Putting a ‘face’ on addiction

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Several years ago, we had the task of writing an obituary for a relative, someone who had struggled for years with drug addiction. The addiction and lifelong efforts at recovery had become such a central part of their life that we felt it needed to be mentioned, even though it…

Stealing lunch

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist The separation of powers principle shouldn’t be so vexing to state leaders. It was, after all, clearly explained in middle school civics class. The legislature writes the laws. The executive implements the laws. The judiciary applies the laws when there are disputes between parties, either…

Urban-rural gap isn’t new

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist One of the best gifts I received this Christmas was a history book entitled The Country Church in North Carolina. The author, a Duke University specialist in rural sociology, began with a brief overview of the state. Observing that the growth rate of North Carolina’s largest…

Voters didn’t give Republicans a mandate

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist Since the election, I’ve heard some of my fellow Republicans claim that the party received a decisive mandate from voters. Let’s be clear: the American people didn’t give the GOP a stamp of approval or a mandate to ram through an ideologically-driven, far-right agenda. If the…

Single-payer Trumpcare won’t work

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Republican-dominated legislatures in several states won’t expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but President-elect Donald Trump would have us believe that Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate are prepared to pass single-payer healthcare — far and above the most un-conservative proposal Trump has offered since winning election…

Local abuses don’t boost economy

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Thomas Jefferson had lots to say about lots of things. As the North Carolina General Assembly begins its 2017 session and new Gov. Roy Cooper begins his term, it’s worth considering what Jefferson had to say about striking the proper balance between local and central authority.…

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