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Turning up the heat on “climate-change deniers”

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist In the 1950s, it was: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?” Today, it’s: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a climate-change denier?” I’m not referring simply to the fact that it’s politically incorrect to question assertions…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Facebook doesn’t have to be neutral

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A tech website reported recently that “Facebook staff suppressed articles on conservative topics from the site’s ‘trending’ news section and ‘injected’ others, even if they were not trending,” according to the BBC. Cue the righteous indignation. The gist is that Facebook hid trending stories from right-wing…

How to pay teachers more

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist State lawmakers in Raleigh are about to release their budget plans for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Although they may not recommend the 5 percent average pay raise for public schoolteachers that Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a few weeks ago, there will be a substantial raise in…

Fifty years after the Cultural Revolution

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist May 16, 1966, is regarded as the beginning of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution in China. Post-Maoist China has never quite come to terms with Mao’s legacy and especially the disastrous Cultural Revolution. Many countries have a founding myth that inspires and sustains a national culture. South…

Don’t change too much at Krispy Kreme

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, part of the fabric of Winston-Salem for 78 years, put us on the national map, then the world map. Several years ago, it had its share of troubles, but rebounded so well it has for some time attracted major corporate interest. Monday, that culminated with news of…

Presidential arrogance on steroids

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ROGER PILON Guest Columnist “Obama said ‘so sue me.’ The House did, and Obama just lost.” That’s how the Wall Street Journal sub-heads its lead editorial this morning discussing the president’s latest court loss, nailing this most arrogant of presidents who believes he can rule “by pen and phone,” ignoring…

Foreign policy and the failure

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A. TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist The American presidency has accumulated an unprecedented set of institutional advantages in the conduct of foreign policy. Unlike on the domestic side where presidents face an activist and troublesome Congress, the Constitution, the bureaucratic and legal legacies of previous wars, the overreaction to 9/11, and…

State voter-ID law is draconian

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North Carolina’s draconian voter-ID law. Plaintiffs will have to hope higher courts think differently. The law, passed in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, requires voters to show one of eight forms of photo ID. The law also eliminated same-day voter registration and preregistration for…

Do Republicans want the national spotlight on HB2?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist For weeks, House Bill 2 has made national and international headlines, thrusting North Carolina into the spotlight over bathroom access and rights – or lack thereof – for transgender people. More recently, Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders in North Carolina filed separate lawsuits asking…

Finding our way out of a locked bathroom

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What can we do about House Bill 2? Polls show North Carolinians divided about the new law. Answers to polling questions depend upon how the questions are asked. Most North Carolinians, even supporters of transgender rights, do not want men to barge into women’s bathrooms. And…