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School reform takes big strides

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Almost exactly 15 year ago, I wrote an education reform plan for the John Locke Foundation entitled “Reach for the STARS.” I argued that low levels of reading and math proficiency, particularly among poor and minority students, were robbing the next generation of opportunity and inhibiting our…

Trickle-down was a fairy tale

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Well, what about that? Arthur Laffer was right about supply-side economics: Cut taxes, spur the economy and tax revenue goes up. That, at least, is the story North Carolina’s Republican leaders will tell in this election year. They cut personal and corporate income taxes, and General Fund receipts for the…

Conservatives and a lone libertarian take on Donald Trump

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist On Friday I joined some 20 other writers in making the case against Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. The venerable National Review, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., assembled a group of diverse critics to argue that Trump is not a conservative, not an advocate of limited…

Reader’s Forum: No-kill — 1-25-16

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County needs to commit to no-kill shelter Since its inception three years ago as “Make Lincoln County No Kill,” HATS has been a proactive group that has done everything imaginable to offer proven solutions to county commissioners, local officials and members of the Lincoln County Animal Services staff. Past and…

The year of the iconoclast

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The history books may some day look back on the 2016 presidential race, and the primary season in particular, as the year of the iconoclast. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump aren’t popular because of brilliant policy positions or particularly endearing personalities. They’re popular because they’re promising…

Most arts funding is private

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Regardless of whether you think the National Endowment for the Arts is a wonderful organization deserving taxpayer support or an example of the federal government exceeding its proper bounds, I’m willing to bet you believe the NEA plays a bigger role than it actually does. Here’s the…

School kids can’t afford wasteful spending

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Few stories should bother us more than the ones where public officials spend tax money for questionable expenses when that money should be used instead to educate children or provide other worthwhile public services. According to an audit from State Auditor Beth Wood, that’s what happened…

Yard signs and State of the Union speeches: Wasted efforts?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist They are a waste of time, don’t change anybody’s mind, and have little or no impact on the outcome of elections or the support of a politician. Does this comment describe the impact of political yard signs on elections or the effectiveness of speeches, such as…

Desperate times for No. 20 Duke

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DURHAM (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference’s “Sportsmanship Week” didn’t get off to the best start with questions about a lack of postgame handshakes by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, which may have crystallized the Blue Devils’ mounting frustrations. After Duke’s third straight loss, a 64-62 defeat against Syracuse on Monday…

Start your day with LTN

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You might be reading this paper just a bit earlier than usual. Starting with today’s edition, the Lincoln Times-News is shifting the paper’s delivery schedule to become a morning newspaper. We’re doing this for a number of reasons, but the change is primarily an effort to serve you, our readers,…