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Former athletic director teaches us a lesson in governance

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Bill Cobey now serves as chair of the State Board of Education, a capstone to a long, diverse career, much of it spent in the public sector. To review Cobey’s career is to put in perspective the court case arising from the legislature’s reassigning of decision-making…

Galifianakis: Nick or Zach?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Did you ever feel so let down after an election? Many North Carolina Democrats have been asking each other this question every day since they learned the results of the latest presidential election. Some old timers remember other times when they felt like they had been…

Guest View — Claims of voter fraud don’t hold up

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Here they come again. The election reformers in the General Assembly are getting ready to make another charge. Given the scant evidence they’re provided so far, they’re tilting at windmills. But that apparently won’t stop the efforts that are too many people — including some federal judges — a clear…

Remembering 12 Tar Heels who made a difference

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Here are some of the North Carolinians who made their mark in government and politics who passed from the scene in 2016. Cliff Cameron may have been born and bred in Mississippi, but he was among the most talented North Carolinians of his generation. Cameron served…

Stay on road to freedom

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist It was 30 years ago that I founded my first conservative organization. It was a student magazine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My compatriots and I decided to name it The Carolina Critic — not only because we intended to be critical…

Majority Doesn’t Rule

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PAUL O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Lawyers know never to ask a question for which they don’t know the answer. Likewise, legislative leaders should know never to make a deal for which they don’t have their caucus’s approval. HB 2 survives today because legislative leaders made a deal to repeal…

State Has Big Math Problem

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — If North Carolina were to secede from the union and become an independent country — no, conspiracy theorists, I’m not actually proposing this as a reasonable response to recent political events — how would our education system rank among the other developed nations of…

Education Forecast 2017

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DARRELL ALLISON Guest Columnist The 2016 year is drawing to a close, but its accomplishments in K-12 education say much about what we can expect in the year ahead. This past year has ushered in landmark educational advancements in North Carolina, setting the stage for unprecedented innovation, choice, and opportunity…

West Lincoln medical facility could be positive

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You’d think a proposal to spend $5 million to build a medical facility for an underserved population would be met with cheers and applause, not scorn and derision. Lincolnton Main Street, LLC first filed a rezoning request with Lincoln County in 2015 to rezone three acres at Highway 27 and…

Only progressives need apply

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ILYA SHAPIRO DEVIN WATKINS Guest Columnists William Felkner was a student at Rhode Island College, a state school, studying social work. The school’s faculty explained that as a profession “we do take sides” and are “devoted to the value of social and economic justice.” Accordingly, the professors required the students…