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Guest View— People are upset about river pollution

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When 450 people from one city show up for a meeting, that’s a signal that something important is happening. We hope such a meeting in Wilmington last week is a signal to lawmakers and regulators in Raleigh that people are fed up with their allowing our rivers — which are…

You gotta pay your bills

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – The fiscal crises in two states have liberals and conservatives chortling in glee. Liberal Connecticut and conservative Kansas are both in fiscal trouble, so conservatives point northward and liberals midwestward and say, “We told you that doesn’t work.” Looking at the two states,…

It’s time to raise legislator pay

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COLIN CAMPBELL Guest Columnist RALEIGH — A fellow reporter and I tried recently to make a list of N.C. legislators who have traditional, 9-to-5 jobs. Our list was short. Few can balance the legislature’s grueling schedule with the demands of a boss and set hours. Imagine telling your supervisor that…

Close partisan divide will persist

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Whether you are a North Carolina Democrat who dreams of recapturing your party’s longtime control of the state legislature or a North Carolina Republican who dreams of recapturing your party’s recent control of the governorship and state supreme court, I would urge you to…

Guest View— Disrupting healthcare

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We have faith that Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina can work out their differences before a divorce that would disrupt health care for thousands in Western North Carolina. We also have faith that the problem will recur, however, as long as this nation has millions…

Reversing the Rout in our Readiness

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ED FEULNER Syndicated Columnist With overall federal budget expanding steadily year after year, you’d think not one category of spending has had to suffer. Surely everything that can be funded has all the money it could want or need — and then some. But you’d be wrong. When it comes…

On anniversary of Leandro, time to intensify assault on low-performing schools

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FERREL GUILLORY Syndicated Columnist Twenty years ago this month the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that all North Carolina children have a fundamental right to the “opportunity to receive a sound basic education.” And yet, on this anniversary of the still-ongoing Leandro case, it remains clear that North Carolina will…

Guest View— ‘Commission on election integrity’

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If you’re a registered voter in North Carolina, some information about you is a public record. Anyone can look up your party affiliation and find out when you voted and when you didn’t. But some information is private, including your date of birth and any part of your Social Security…

Jim Martin on science and religion

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D.G . MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Can a former North Carolina governor bridge the gap between science and religion? Jim Martin gives it a try in a new book, “Revelation Through Science: Evolution in the Harmony of Science and Religion.” Why would he want to take on the task of showing…

The dots are moving

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – Ferrel Guillory, the former newsman and current UNC scholar, often lectures to journalists with slides that reporters have nicknamed “Dots, Dots, Dots.” Guillory starts with a fairly blank 19th century map of North Carolina. Using U.S. Census data, he notes population centers with…

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