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Our View: The HB2 ‘fix’ that isn’t

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State legislators have painted themselves into a corner in the debate over the future of HB2, to the point that even a recently proposed bipartisan “compromise” bill to repeal the law won’t satisfy either critics or supporters of placing bathroom restrictions on transgender people. HB2, the law that mandates that…

Let’s foster more new businesses

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist In today’s highly polarized climate, can we get our politicians to agree anything? Well, I can think of at least one proposition that attracts nearly universal assent: small business is the backbone of a thriving, broad-based economy. I agree with it, myself, with some caveats. First,…

A “new” barbecue holiday from 1766

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist How about a new holiday that would support North Carolina’s “First in Freedom” slogan and, at the same time, call attention to our pride in our distinctive favorite food: barbecue? Got your attention? The Campaign for Real Barbecue, an organization led by barbecue gurus John Shelton…

Some in the Trump administration have Tar Heel ties

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Linda McMahon, an Eastern North Carolina native who rose to become a professional wrestling magnate, became the first Tar Heel to officially join the Trump administration this week. She was easily confirmed by the Senate as administrator of the Small Business Administration. It seems likely that…

Purging the marriage penalty

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist A Valentine’s Day present from the federal government? It could happen. No, I’m not talking about flowers or candy. I’m talking about getting rid of the “marriage penalty” that’s built into one of our biggest welfare programs. That program is the Earned Income Tax Credit. The…

Will Trump remember Washington on Presidents’ Day?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Will President Donald Trump remember George Washington when we celebrate Presidents’ Day next week? Here is some help for him with thoughts from a column I wrote earlier. When I was growing up, February 22, Washington’s Birthday, was a major holiday. Its replacement, Presidents’ Day, just…

Locking in the future

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Legislative Republicans are acting as though their days are numbered. Having remade the state’s fiscal structure in their own likeness, Republicans are now looking to lock in their personal income tax rates with a constitutional amendment and their flush savings reserve, a.k.a. “The Rainy Day…

Guest View: Cooper should be allowed to pick cabinet

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We appreciate the discernment of the three N.C. Superior Court judges who issued a temporary restraining order to allow Gov. Roy Cooper to appoint his cabinet secretaries unhindered, as the Journal’s Richard Craver reported. Their order overrides a portion of House Bill 17, which the Republican-controlled legislature passed and includes…

CEOs highlight Pre-K as linchpin of reading, and jobs

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist As the co-founder and CEO of the analytics software company SAS, Jim Goodnight ranks as an iconic North Carolina business leader and places 51st on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans. As the president pro tem of the state Senate, Republican Phil Berger of…

DeVos attackers surrender high ground

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political discourse. While objections to her lack of experience in government were understandable, critics went far beyond that to attack her character and question her intentions. She…

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