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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…

Spotlight turns to state courts

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist One key consequence of the 2016 elections in North Carolina was that the state’s court system drew a great deal of attention. You can expect that attention to continue, and perhaps to lead to constructive change, during the coming year. Four election stories had the effect…

Books for New Year’s reading

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist So, have you got something about reading more books on your list of New Year’s resolutions? If so, I have some help. Four different books, at least one of which will be right for you. A best-selling inspirational cookbook-memoir by North Carolina’s most celebrated woman these…

GOP needs plan to replace Obamacare

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The disaster that has been the Affordable Care Act will some reach its end. President Barack Obama’s signature legislation has, by all measures, been an enormous failure. Premiums are increasing, insurers are leaving the law’s marketplace and consumers, the very people the law was supposedly written to protect, are bearing…

We made our own democracy

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The terms “fascist” or “communist” are thrown around far too often, used primarily to describe something that really could be better termed “undemocratic.” Which word people use depends wholly upon where they fall on the ideological spectrum. But even then, “undemocratic” has different meanings for different people. Many critics of…

Why shouldn’t Denver incorporate?

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Denver incorporating is the new taxes I would have to pay. Another fear is the amount of new laws and ordinances that could be put forward by the new layer of government. Looking around…