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Harvey provides a flood of lessons for NC

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DAN BESSE Guest Columnist The disaster in Houston should not have come as a surprise. Scores were killed and thousands driven from their homes in catastrophic flooding. An estimated 30 percent of Harris County (which includes Houston) was underwater at the height of the floods. Billions of dollars in property…

Lessons from Hurricane Harvey

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The tragic flooding of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston has communities all over the United States studying their own flood plans, and that’s one, perhaps the only, positive outcome of this horrendous event. (It should be noted that the Red Cross and other charitable organizations, along with churches, are mustering…

DACA – There is a conservative, compassionate solution

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist The current predicament facing President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was foreseeable. It has little to do with its policy substance and everything to do with its implementation. It’s a textbook case of executive overreach, the enactment of major immigration policy through executive order…

Huge education enterprise gives rise to complex public opinion

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FERREL GUILLORY Syndicated Columnist As traditional-calendar schools opened across the land, the U.S. Census Bureau distributed school enrollment data that serves as a reminder of the large size of the American education enterprise. Simultaneously, Phi Delta Kappan magazine published its annual PDK Poll showing the complexity of the issues and…

Lottery fund is cheating NC children

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If we want to know why North Carolina schools haven’t improved anywhere near as much as we need them to, we can get a pretty good insight from former state Sen. Tony Rand. It’s about our North Carolina Education Lottery and how present-day lawmakers have done exactly what many people…

Republicans and federal marijuana policy

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  JONATHAN BLANKS Guest Columnist While candidate Donald Trump promised to protect medical marijuana on the campaign trail, President Trump’s Justice Department wants to be more aggressive against state-legal marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Attorney General Jeff Sessions personally asked Congress for funds to prosecute medical marijuana cases…

Governors matter to business leaders

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Democrats believe that their progressive policies would be best for North Carolina’s economy. Republicans believe their conservative ideas are the best recipe. For business executives, entrepreneurs, and others who make private investment decisions, this is certainly an important debate. In modern times, most private-sector…

GUEST VIEW — Addressing water quality threats

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The people who live along the lower Cape Fear River are worried about the water they drink. They should be, and they have a right to demand that politicians help rather than hinder. An industrial chemical known as GenX was found in elevated levels in the river. This was documented…

Rules limp off into the sunset

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — North Carolina is a national leader in conservative reform of state governance — a fact that, as you might expect, pleases conservatives and horrifies progressives in the Tar Heel State. Most of the praise or blame, respectively, is directed at the series of tax…

A Chapel Hill monument comes down

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist A monument to a treasured past came down in Chapel Hill last week. No, the Silent Sam statute of a Confederate soldier still stands. The lost monument came from the death of 94-year old Dickson Phillips, the former UNC Law School dean and long time judge…