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Keep the judicial nominees rolling

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ILYA SHAPIRO Guest Columnist Whatever’s happening with James Comey’s testimony, Donald Trump’s Twitter account or congressional inaction on Obamacare repeal, tax reform or much of anything else, from where I stand all that is #fakenews designed to distract your eyes from the prize: we have more judicial nominees! In an…

Tax cut addiction leaves NC’s civic core crumbling

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist So, the question as always comes down to one of vision. The elected chieftains who decide how much money North Carolina’s state government will spend, what it will be spent on and how it will be raised must decide not only which programs and services will…

Guest View— Folwell should be wary of politicizing the treasurer’s office

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Dale Folwell is a soft-spoken fellow who liked to take on productive issues as a Republican House member in the General Assembly, from trying to analyze the state budget and finances with props such as a homemade solar system model to strengthening penalties for those who passed stopped school buses.…

Security from what?

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – On April 19, 1995, the day domestic extremists blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, news reporters were watching TV updates in the legislative press room. What was already a glum day turned gloomier when I observed that a design…

State should not control alcohol

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — I am a teetotaler who believes that my fellow North Carolinians should be free to buy and consume the alcoholic beverages of their choice from the vendors of their choice. They don’t currently possess that freedom. Our state places significant limits on the sale…

John Grisham’s growing connection to North Carolina

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist John Grisham’s latest novel, “Camino Island,” hit the bookstore shelves on June 6. The book’s release marks a growing connection between our state and the bestselling author–more than 300 million in print at last count. Thus, it is an important moment for North Carolinians, some of…

Guest View— Tackling veteran suicide

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The veterans who fought and served for our freedom deserve all we can do for them. Some of them need our assistance in a tough fight they face today — the fight against suicide. An average of 20 veterans die by their own hand every day, according to data gathered…

An ‘alternative universe’ required to stifle school resegregation

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Four academic researchers from three public universities have produced fresh documentation of the South’s backsliding on school desegregation. Their array of data sketches out a story of a historic success that has eroded over the past three decades. The upshot imposes a burden on the education…

Can regulation keep up with accumulating knowledge?

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist What some doctors say about regulating the treatment of sepsis has a much broader application. Sepsis, an often lethal reaction to infection sometimes called blood poisoning, is the leading cause of death in hospitals, Richard Harris reports for NPR. Understandably, then, some doctors and regulators have…

Federal role in infrastructure

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CHRIS EDWARDS Guest Columnist As part of its 2018 budget proposal, the Donald Trump administration has introduced a plan to improve the nation’s infrastructure. The administration intends to reduce regulatory barriers on infrastructure projects and encourage greater private investment. It has also proposed increasing federal spending on infrastructure by $200…