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Errors should not be crimes

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina has a serious problem. Adopting a default mens rea provision would go a long way to solving it. Don’t recognize the phrase mens rea? Hey, you’re hardly alone. I studied neither Latin nor law in my school days, so someone had to tell me…

Seeking “safe spaces” on campus

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ED FEULLNER Guest Columnist Once upon a time, a conservative speaker was invited to a university to speak. Although many liberals on campus disagreed with him, they listened to his speech and then asked questions, leading to a discussion that left everyone better informed about current issues. At least that’s…

Has lottery advertising gone too far or not far enough?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist N.C. Education Lottery officials last week showed legislators a video of school kids in New York surprising convenience store customers by singing a song of thanks in the store. “Every time you play a New York Lottery game, a portion of your sale goes to eight…

Legislature is harming schools

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Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they’re doing the will of the people, but when it comes to public schools they clearly are not. A High Point University poll released last week found that two-thirds of state residents think public education in North Carolina is heading in the wrong…

Primaries expose prediction limits

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The topsy-turvy campaign of 2016 is going to do wonders for many journalists, political practitioners, and scholars. They will produce a steady stream of essays, studies, books, and business plans designed to explain what happened, why others failed to predict it ahead of time, and how…

Time to budge on the budget

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist This year may well go down in history as the Year of the Fed-Up Voter. On issue after issue, too many of our elected officials refuse to make hard choices. They govern on auto-pilot, apparently hoping that some rousing speeches at election time will distract us.…

Small steps in the Middle East

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EMMA ASHFORD Guest Columnist Here in America, you’d be forgiven for believing that things are on a downward spiral, as Donald Trump’s disturbing success in various primaries raises the real, and terrifying prospect that he will be the Republican nominee. So if constant media coverage of the primary season depresses…

The world is a tough place, students should be ready

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The university system in this country isn’t exactly known as a bastion of free thought and diverse ideas. Students who sit quietly in class, regurgitate the correct leftist talking points and pay their exorbitant tuition fees on time will do just fine. What’s being preached now…

Reader’s Forum — 3-11-16

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Reader’s forum from March 11, 2016. Curtis’s views good for a laugh I hope David Curtis wins re-election to the State Senate because none of his opponents will make me laugh the way he does. His comedic value is worth the downside of his political views. “I just appreciated (Berger)…

Retention ‘elections’ struck down

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Compared to Donald Trump, unconstitutionally drawn congressional districts and new voter ID laws, another election-related controversy in North Carolina has received relatively little attention. Nevertheless, a three-judge panel of Superior Court judges made a sensible decision late last month in declaring unconstitutional and void the 2015…