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EDITOR’S NOTE: Gun control debate misses the point

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor It’s safe to say that on any especially controversial issue, be it gun control or abortion or voting rights or any of the other hot-button topics of the day, partisans on either side of the argument will, at some point, twist the facts to meet their…

Restore more freedom in NC

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When liberals and conservatives debate the issue of how best to promote economic growth and opportunity, they usually talk about their differences on spending and taxes. Should the government keep taxes higher in order to finance schools, roads, and other public services, even if the taxes…

‘Gut and amend’ popular tactic late in session

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — A wise person once said that thoughts lead to words, words lead to actions and actions lead to habits. Of course, habits can be good or bad, and politicians can develop them, too, through their actions. Take the “gut and amend” tactic of making…

Important changes to juvenile justice

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North Carolina is one of two states where 16-year-olds charged with crimes are considered adults. New York is the other. North Carolina and New York have been left behind as other states have raised the age of adult responsibility to 17 or 18. There are good reasons to follow, but…

NC Senate’s math bill doesn’t add up

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MATT ELLINWOOD Guest Columnist The North Carolina Senate recently passed a bill that would require high schools across the state to simultaneously offer two completely different math tracks: the integrated math sequence that is currently taught in middle and high schools and the old Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II…

Political earthquake hits as British to exit European Union

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist The United Kingdom will exit the European Union. The shock waves first hit Scotland. The secession-minded government plans to hold another independence vote. Next time, a majority of Scots may see no reason to stay. Both the Conservative and Labour Parties face bitter, internecine strife. Calls…

OUR VIEW: New law will save lives

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The General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory passed an important piece of legislation on Monday that will save lives and hopefully prevent a few broken hearts. The legislation makes North Carolina “the third state to provide unlimited access to a prescription drug that’s already saved more than 2,000 people statewide…

Transit issues are worth attention

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If you don’t regularly ride one of the Charlotte Area Transit System’s 70-plus bus routes, its much-debated uptown streetcar or its oft-praised light rail line, you probably didn’t pay much attention to recent news reports about the system’s challenges. You should. That’s because those stories spelled out how CATS faces…

Transparency a casualty of legislative speed

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Legislation is moving at a feverish pace through the General Assembly, as lawmakers try to finish their work by early July. Many who work around the legislative complex see this as positive, not wanting the session to drag on like last year. But while some might…

School reform is good economics

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Although the debate about education policy is robust, complicated, and sometimes vitriolic, there is actually broad agreement about the bottom line: if our students were better prepared for college, careers, and the responsibilities of citizenship, North Carolina would reap tremendous benefits. Liberals and conservatives disagree about…