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Guest View— Starting school early

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North Carolina’s public school calendar was set for economic and political considerations, not for academic reasons. It’s time to try a more sensible approach. A bill that passed 104-6 in the state House of Representatives would authorize 20 school systems, including Guilford’s, to begin the academic year more than two…

Reducing the regulatory burden

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist In his April 29 speech marking his first 100 days in office, President Trump touched on the subject of regulations only briefly. Indeed, it took up all of one sentence. “We have slashed burdensome regulations, and imposed a policy that for each new regulation, two regulations…

Senator offers help to constituents

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist If you’ve ever had to deal with a federal department or agency, you probably know firsthand that the government doesn’t exactly place a priority on providing stellar customer service, especially if you hit a roadblock that was created by the government in the first place. It…

Apprenticeships: A path from high school to middle-skill jobs

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Two decades ago, Durham-based MDC’s first State of the South report observed that “the new economy makes education beyond the 12th grade mandatory.” The report urged business and civic leaders to “change a culture that encourages too many students to quit pursuing education after prom night.”…

Cooper’s ideas on economic development

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Roy Cooper has better ideas about economic development in North Carolina, and the first one is to straighten out, not abandon, a foolish and failed strategy developed by the administration of his predecessor, Pat McCrory. Republicans came up with a hare-brained idea about recruiting business, which was to take the…

Losing a colleague

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist My heart isn’t in this. A month ago, I walked away from this column, leaving it in the most capable hands of Mark Binker, a 43-year-old veteran old-school journalist who was as smart and dedicated as they come. Then Mark died Saturday morning. A great…

Food, fantasy, fiction and politics

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Food, fantasy, fiction, and politics are my favorite topics. If you read my column regularly, you know these preferences and will not be surprised that the books I recommend for reading in May deal with these themes. First of all, “The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers…

Swing voters aren’t all alike

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Sports analogies are overused in political analysis, I admit. But for some purposes, there’s no better description than the example of two teams squaring off in a ball game. In North Carolina politics, as in most of the country, either a Democrat or a Republican will…

Reader’s Forum

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Quiz Bowl team deserving of praise The Lincolnton High School High-Q Team is to be commended for qualifying for the National Academic Knowledge Bowl in Washington, D.C. in June. Due to their successful record in academic competition during this school year, they have qualified to represent their school, Lincoln County…

Guest View— Voter fraud in North Carolina

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There was voter fraud in North Carolina last year. But not much. The audit by the State Board of Elections released last week concludes that at least 508 ballots were cast by ineligible voters. That’s a tiny fraction of the 4.8 million votes tallied, but it isn’t nothing. So neither…