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Books for summer: Mountains and Military

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist If you want some more tips for good summer reading from recent books by North Carolina authors, I have four suggestions, two set in the mountains, two about our military. An obvious choice if you are planning a trip to the mountains is Randy Johnson’s book,…

The dissent channel goes public

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EMMA ASHFORD Guest Columnist On Friday, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal published excerpts and summaries of an internal memo by 51 State Department officials calling for airstrikes against the Assad regime in Syria. The key idea expressed in the memo is simple: take military action immediately…

General Assembly must repeal HB2

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There are rumors going around the North Carolina General Assembly that some compromises, to be proposed by Democrats, may be coming forward on HB2, the ridiculous bill curbing the rights of transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity. HB2 requires them to go by the sex designated…

Tax dispute has a solution

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The federal government has just released another set of economic statistics — and they again show North Carolina has one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States. According to the latest measurements of gross domestic product (GDP), which extend through the end of 2015, North…

Tax dispute has a solution

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “You would vote for the devil if he were a Democrat, wouldn’t you?” Thus begins an old story that makes fun of an old-time party-loyal, “yellow-dog” Democrat. His friend was teasing him about his unwillingness ever to stray from his party’s candidates even if they were…

Governor should focus on coal-ash cleanup

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If only Gov. Pat McCrory’s righteous indignation at the legislature’s coal ash regulatory bill came out of a desire for stronger regulation that would truly get tough with the governor’s former employer, his veto would be welcomed. Unfortunately, the governor’s veto — like other vetoes, certain to be overridden —…

Do Senate leaders believe their own claims on teacher pay?

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KRIS NORDSTROM Guest Columnist Senate leaders made a big splash touting their two-year plan to raise teacher salaries. They held a packed press conference and launched www.NCTeacherRaise.com, the strange website that – in exchange for handing your contact information over to the NC Republican Senatorial Committee – will let you…

One of these things just doesn’t belong

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist “We hold it to be self-evident that all persons are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the pursuit of happiness.” “The people have…

There’s no such thing as a ‘public’ school

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JASON BEDRICK Guest Columnist Perhaps the most pervasive myth about our nation’s education system is the notion that “public schools have to take all children.” Last year, when criticizing charter schools that she claimed, “don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids,” Hillary Clinton quipped, “And so the public schools are often in…

Change of heart is another bellwether moment in demise of death penalty

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JAMES E. COLEMAN Guest Columnist As chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, I. Beverly Lake voted to affirm nearly 200 death sentences. But last week, he published an essay explaining why he now believes the death penalty is fundamentally unfair and violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual…