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Salary suspicions: Generosity trumps all

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ED FEULNER Syndicated Columnist Let’s face it. When it comes to historical markers and monuments, especially ones related to the Civil War, we hear more about destruction than dedication these days. So it was refreshing to note, as we marked the 155th anniversary of the battle of Antietam on September…

Guest View— Pitching in to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey

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It didn’t take long for North Carolinians to begin pitching to in help our neighbors who are suffering under the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey. That’s just how we operate. There were immediate donations to the Red Cross and other national organizations, including some that focus on the pets that…

On Reform, quicken the pace

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — The annual testing data and report cards for North Carolina’s public schools are out. Here are the headlines. Achievement rose in some areas and declined in others, with most changes being fairly small. Our graduation rate continued to rise, but other data suggest some…

Don’t let a coin toss pick your Mayor

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COLIN CAMPBELL Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — The decision to oust the incumbent mayor of North Carolina’s largest city came down to a margin of just 3,398 voters — 0.6 percent of the registered voters in Charlotte. Pathetic voter turnout in municipal races is nothing new, and the 8.73 percent turnout…

Guest View— Chapel Hill denies Spencer speech

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By denying them a place to speak, some American colleges are playing right into white nationalists’ hands. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill became the latest school to unwisely make a First Amendment martyr out of a racist blowhard last week when it announced it will not rent…

Four dates Carolinians should know

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Now that North Carolinians can put “First in Freedom” on their license plates, again, it’s worth taking a moment to remember key moments in American history when people from our state played an outsized role in the fight for freedom — that is, for individual liberty,…

Three problems with Trump’s Afghanistan strategy

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SAHAR KHAN Guest Columnist Last month, President Trump outlined his new strategy for Afghanistan that calls for increasing troops on the ground, a reverse of the Obama administration’s policy of gradual withdrawal. The President also reprimanded Pakistan for continuing to harbor militants while urging India to assist the United States…

A surge in ‘restart’ to remodel low-performing schools

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist The streams of data released recently by state education authorities flowed out in familiar patterns: Another modest increase in the high school graduation rate, a slight uptick in the schools with A or B grades, a slight decline in schools graded D or F, but a…

Guest View— Testing as NC’s main school evaluation tool

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The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gave states a chance to cut back on their reliance on standardized testing as the main way to evaluate schools. But North Carolina will remain tied to testing as its main evaluation tool. This is an opportunity missed – to come up with…

Campuses ought not breed contempt

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Republicans and conservatives are growing more doubtful about the notion that higher education is a constructive social institution. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 56 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents think that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the…