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A lost college still shines in WNC mountains

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What is North Carolina’s best-known and most influential college? It might be an institution that went out of business 60 years ago, Black Mountain College. Still today, educators praise and criticize the college’s progressive and collaborative approach. In 2015, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art’s exhibit, titled…

Guest View— Allowing offshore fuel exploration and drilling

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The push by the Trump administration for oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast began with Trump’s bombastic rhetoric and anything-but-Obama themes in his campaign and in the early months of his presidency. Hence the president’s executive order in the spring that called for opening federal coastal waters to…

Debate over means, not ends, in principal pay plan

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FERREL GUILLORY Syndicated Columnist A testy, yet illuminating, debate has broken out over the new pay plan for North Carolina’s public school principals enacted earlier this year by the General Assembly. It is a debate over means, not the end; over details, not the goal of higher pay for high-quality…

Remembering the dream-wrecking 1935 Labor Day Hurricane

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Why did the powerful hurricane Irma get me thinking about the football stadium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill? Think Kenan Memorial Stadium where the Tar Heels play football and Kenan-Flagler, the name of UNC’s business school. What did these names have to…

Guest View— Chemical dumping into the Cape Fear River

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Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill last week but was responding to years of neglect. House Bill 56 was introduced in February. It was just two pages long and required dam owners to file an emergency action plan in case of breach. Over the next several months, it gained a…

Property Rights Have Economic Payoff

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — When North Carolina is competing with other states and nations for investment, business startups and expansions, and high-value professionals, we start out with some important advantages. Our tax code, for example, is now one of the most growth-friendly systems in the country. In another…

Why NC schools must get our kids moving

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SARAH ARMSTRONG Guest Columnist As a pediatrician, it is my job to advocate for the health of our children. It is also my job to promote and advocate for evidence-based programs and policies that work. That is why I believe so strongly that we must require high-quality, regular physical education…

Our View— Less social media time from officials

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Social media is no place for the faint-hearted. The Lincolnton Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have both likely run afoul of state public records laws and federal free speech protections by deleting comments and banning people from their Facebook pages simply for voicing opinions that the page…

Take time with judicial tinkering

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COLIN CAMPBELL Guest Columnist RALEIGH — While legislative and congressional districts are redrawn every 10 years to match population changes — so everyone’s vote counts equally — North Carolina’s judicial districts haven’t been redrawn in decades. Five of them haven’t changed since 1965. Still, Rep. Justin Burr caught many people…

Trump’s tough talk at the United Nations

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TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy North Korea” at the United Nations last week generated concern in many corners but a round of applause from many hawks here in the United States. Former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, for example, called it “the…