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Guest View— Raise the age

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State legislators should support legislation introduced by N.C. Rep. Chuck McGrady to end North Carolina’s automatic prosecution as adults for 16- and 17-year-olds accused of misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. Similar bills have been filed before but haven’t become law, The Associated Press reports. This time, a commission created by the…

Schools caught up in ‘decline of trust’ in public institutions

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist The conventional wisdom – or perhaps wishful thinking – of Washington pundits projects that President Donald Trump’s deeply disruptive budget will get a thorough overhaul in Congress. Some proclaimed it DOA: dead on arrival. Republican governors, senators and members of Congress have objected to this cut,…

Left doubles down on double standard

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John Hood Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Dr. James Otteson, a business school professor at Wake Forest University, came up with an intriguing idea. What if he brought together a group of faculty, students, and outside scholars to explore how societies can best promote human welfare and happiness? As befitting a…

Our View — HB2 repeal looks like a good deal

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Another day, another vague proposal to repeal HB2. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger held a press conference on Tuesday to “agree in principle” to a proposal by Gov. Roy Cooper to repeal HB2. Sort of. Maybe. Cooper said, according to the Raleigh News & Observer, that…

Unexpected interference at state legislature

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Let’s look back six years to the beginning of this Republican legislative era and ask: Has the GOP done what we, or at least I, expected? On tax changes: Yes. They returned the sales tax to 6.75 percent, flattened the progressive income tax to one…

Legislature returns to tax reform

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina’s economy continues to expand at a relatively rapid pace. Over the last year, for example, our gross domestic product grew by 2.6 percent after inflation, compared to the nation’s 1.6 percent growth rate and the Southeast’s 2 percent rate. One consequence of healthy economic…

SDI at 34: Building on Reagan’s Vision

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist When a politician promises something that “holds the promise of changing the course of human history,” we naturally assume it’s typical overstatement. But when President Ronald Reagan said that on March 23, 1983, in reference to his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), he was exactly right. His…

OUR VIEW — Board members miss public hearing

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There’s been a lot of talk in the news and on social media over the past months about politicians and their responsiveness to the constituents they serve. Members of Congress, and particularly Republicans, have been criticized for not holding town hall meetings in their districts and states. Forgive us if…

School reform requires strong leaders

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist My father was Darth Vader. No, that doesn’t make me a Jedi Knight. My father was also Boss Hogg and a range of other bad guys. During his nearly two decades as principal of North Carolina’s largest elementary school, located in the Mecklenburg County community of…

Losing Diane Rehm

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Diane Rehm’s scheduled visit to Elon University on April 6 is reminding fans of her public radio program how much they miss her since her retirement at the beginning of this year. For 37 years her morning talk show made her one of America’s most influential…