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Truth misstated on teacher pay

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — You’ve probably heard that North Carolina ranks near the bottom of the country in the average pay received by our public schoolteachers. I wouldn’t blame you for believing this statement to be true, because it’s been repeated so often by so many politicians, journalists,…

Income tax cap would decimate justice system

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SARAH PRESTON Guest Columnist “If we are to right the ship, the Judicial Branch will need sufficient investment from this General Assembly to ensure that we adequately fund the basic operations of the court system … If we cannot pay for these basic services, we cannot conduct timely trials. We…

How people abroad viewed our Declaration of Independence

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JIM POWELL Guest Columnist How did people around the world react to the American Declaration of Independence? On Tuesday, July 9, 1776, the German printer Henrich Miller published the first translation of the Declaration, just four days after the English text was first published by John Dunlop, whose printing shop…

State budget doesn’t help NC families

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You know it’s not a good budget year when the best thing one can say about the state budget agreed to by the Republican leaders of the state House and Senate is: “Well, it’s not as bad as it could have been, because the way things were going, it looked…

Sealing family ties with dripping red wax

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D. G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist On the second weekend of June, people in Louisville, Kentucky, laid to rest two leading citizens. One of them, of course, was Muhammad Ali, buried on June 10. The other, my cousin Boyce F. Martin Jr., was buried the next day. Recently retired, he was…

McCrory focuses on economy, Cooper on leadership

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist In the days following North Carolina’s first gubernatorial debate of 2016, polls show Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper neck-and-neck in one of the most closely watched governor’s races in the country. A Public Policy Polling survey released in late June showed the candidates…

North Carolina gives conservatives hope

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist I admit to being biased in favor of my home state. But I believe the following proposition is demonstrably true. To the extent that American conservatives are increasingly pessimistic about the future of their decades-old political movement, they should look at North Carolina and feel better.…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Gun control debate misses the point

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor It’s safe to say that on any especially controversial issue, be it gun control or abortion or voting rights or any of the other hot-button topics of the day, partisans on either side of the argument will, at some point, twist the facts to meet their…

Restore more freedom in NC

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When liberals and conservatives debate the issue of how best to promote economic growth and opportunity, they usually talk about their differences on spending and taxes. Should the government keep taxes higher in order to finance schools, roads, and other public services, even if the taxes…

‘Gut and amend’ popular tactic late in session

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — A wise person once said that thoughts lead to words, words lead to actions and actions lead to habits. Of course, habits can be good or bad, and politicians can develop them, too, through their actions. Take the “gut and amend” tactic of making…