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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…

Deregulation boosts state economic growth

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — There are many different ideas about the best way to increase the growth of North Carolina’s economy. But this variation of opinions masks an important level of agreement on the basic building blocks of that growth. Here are three of them: physical capital, human…

Guest View— Impeaching Elaine Marshall

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In the midst of a breathless display of legislative pettiness in Raleigh, Rep. Becky Carney of Mecklenburg County tried to get her head around what was happening in front of her. At an N.C. House committee meeting, a Republican lawmaker wanted to take the first step toward impeaching Secretary of…

Why left and right disagree

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Why do people disagree about political issues? All arguments, political or otherwise, consist of three elements. One is a definition of terms. The second is a set of premises — of facts, real or perceived. The final element is logical reasoning to a conclusion…

Coming back to haunt

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist It can be fun to see how decisions made one day can come back to bite you a bit later. For example, think of how often a professional athlete, after being traded away, has returned to beat his old team. In North Carolina politics last…

NC elections don’t ‘look regular,’ and haven’t for a long time

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Duke B. Paris, the longtime Alamance County register of deeds, liked to tell the story of when he was Gov. Kerr Scott’s campaign driver and they stopped to see a moonshiner who controlled the votes in his mountain hollow. After being awakened from a night of…

Guest View— Helping aid areas affected by flooding

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Gov. Roy Cooper brought good news to Robeson County Wednesday: $70 million in disaster assistance from the state. The money will help finance the beleaguered county’s recovery from the horrific flooding caused by last fall’s Hurricane Matthew. The money will arrive in community development block grants. Most of it will…