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Summer reading and lessons about campus names and renaming

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What can Yale University teach UNC-Chapel Hill and other universities about naming and renaming college buildings and programs? What does Yale’s solution have to do with North Carolina and one of the books I recommend for early summer reading? Yale divides its undergraduates into separate colleges,…

OUR VIEW — Access to anti-overdose drug could save lives

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Prescription drug and opiate abuse is a growing epidemic across North Carolina and the United States. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that in North Carolina “there was a more than five-fold increase in heroin deaths from 2010 to 2014, reaching 246 deaths, according to state health statistics.” While the…

What are your priorities for state government?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist This column is what we call in newsroom parlance a “fetcher.” I’m not attempting to tell you something you don’t know, but rather asking for input on the most important issues facing North Carolina as we trudge toward the November elections. I hope to use your…

Tax choices define policy options

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Relatively speaking, North Carolina has a low rate of property taxation. That’s a basic fact of public finance — but its implications are varied, significant, and under appreciated. Let’s run the numbers. According to the latest Census Bureau data, crunched by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, North…

Donald Trump’s hits and misses in foreign policy

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Donald Trump has offered his foreign policy vision. It was a bit of a mishmash, but he is no Neoconservative and broke with pro-war Republican orthodoxy in important ways. The speech, delivered last week in downtown Washington, was standard campaign fare, intended to demonstrate that the…

OUR VIEW — Bring on the microbreweries

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Lincoln County commissioners would show vision by voting to approve changes to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance to allow microbreweries in general business districts and in East Lincoln. Microbreweries are popping up in towns and cities across the country. Charlotte and the western part of North Carolina already have a…

Salaries, bonuses focus of budget debate

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist It took no longer than the first budget meeting before the battle lines were drawn in what will become the biggest spending-related debate of 2016. It will be about raises and bonuses for state employees and teachers, as well as cost-of-living adjustments for government retirees. It…

Gerrymandering shields lawmakers from HB2 backlash

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MARK NANCE Guest Columnist Even amidst the bombast of this presidential primary season, HB2 continues to push North Carolina into the spotlight. Amazingly, our state recently made news in the United Kingdom because the British Foreign Office (the equivalent of the U.S. State Department) issued a warning to LGBTQ citizens…

NC combats domestic violence

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The city of High Point is making national headlines for its innovative approach to combating the scourge of domestic violence. Nearby Lexington has adopted the same model. Here’s hoping other communities in North Carolina and across the country follow suit. Domestic violence accounts for a large…

Why John Hart is so good and why the latest book took so long to write

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DG. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Can’t we just find something that we can agree upon? Thrown into a silly unnecessary bathroom dispute that has brought unwelcome international attention, good North Carolinians of all ideological, religious, and political persuasions would like to have something that brings them together. It happens on May…