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Faculty lacks perspective on politics

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist See if you can follow this logic. The Faculty Assembly of the University of North Carolina has just asked a regional accreditation board to investigate recent policy disputes involving the UNC system. If the accreditors conclude that something is amiss, they could sanction individual UNC campuses,…

Trump’s ‘shameful’ change to transgender bathroom policy

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NEAL MCCLUSKEY Guest Columnist President Donald Trump’s administration has rescinded the Obama administration’s “Dear Colleague” letter requiring that public schools let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. It was probably the right thing do, and there was nothing “shameful” about the decision: equally decent people…

U.S. economic freedom hits new low

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Its official title is “2017 Index of Economic Freedom.” But you could also call it “President Obama’s Report Card.” At least when it comes to the United States. The Index scores and ranks for almost every country, after all. And the news for the rest of…

Guest View: Gov. Cooper’s teacher pay plan

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Gov. Roy Cooper wants to give North Carolina’s teachers a big raise. And then he wants to do it again. Good, for several reasons. For one, they deserve it. Teachers have suffered in the lean and difficult years since the Great Recession. They went years without raises and saw their…

Our View: The HB2 ‘fix’ that isn’t

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State legislators have painted themselves into a corner in the debate over the future of HB2, to the point that even a recently proposed bipartisan “compromise” bill to repeal the law won’t satisfy either critics or supporters of placing bathroom restrictions on transgender people. HB2, the law that mandates that…

Let’s foster more new businesses

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist In today’s highly polarized climate, can we get our politicians to agree anything? Well, I can think of at least one proposition that attracts nearly universal assent: small business is the backbone of a thriving, broad-based economy. I agree with it, myself, with some caveats. First,…

A “new” barbecue holiday from 1766

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist How about a new holiday that would support North Carolina’s “First in Freedom” slogan and, at the same time, call attention to our pride in our distinctive favorite food: barbecue? Got your attention? The Campaign for Real Barbecue, an organization led by barbecue gurus John Shelton…

Some in the Trump administration have Tar Heel ties

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Linda McMahon, an Eastern North Carolina native who rose to become a professional wrestling magnate, became the first Tar Heel to officially join the Trump administration this week. She was easily confirmed by the Senate as administrator of the Small Business Administration. It seems likely that…

Purging the marriage penalty

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist A Valentine’s Day present from the federal government? It could happen. No, I’m not talking about flowers or candy. I’m talking about getting rid of the “marriage penalty” that’s built into one of our biggest welfare programs. That program is the Earned Income Tax Credit. The…

Will Trump remember Washington on Presidents’ Day?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Will President Donald Trump remember George Washington when we celebrate Presidents’ Day next week? Here is some help for him with thoughts from a column I wrote earlier. When I was growing up, February 22, Washington’s Birthday, was a major holiday. Its replacement, Presidents’ Day, just…