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Guest View— Film incentives are effective

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We wish North Carolina didn’t have to play the incentives game to lure businesses here. But as long as other states are playing, we can’t afford to be on the sidelines. So we are pleased that the N.C. General Assembly’s proposed budget provides more than $30 million in film incentives…

A response to Jeff Sessions

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JEFFREY MIRON Guest Columnist In a recent Washington Post op-ed, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes numerous misleading claims about the U.S. War on Drugs and the appropriate role of the federal government in combatting drug crime. The premise of his argument is that drug trafficking is an intrinsically violent…

Four books to entertain and disturb

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist If you are willing to be both entertained and disturbed by your summer vacation books, I have four new volumes for your consideration: two books by important photographers and two literary mysteries that raise important public policy issues. First the photographs. If you grew up in…

Guest View— Compensation for forced sterilization

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For almost two years now, victims of North Carolina’s forced sterilization program who qualified for compensation have been waiting for their third and final payment. With almost all appeals exhausted, that time may rightly be here. From the Great Depression through the fall of Nixon, the Eugenics Board of North…

State universities advance free speech

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — A couple of months ago, I wrote a column that outlined emerging threats to freedom of speech on college campuses — and noted with alarm that few of North Carolina’s public or private universities had taken the necessary steps to ensure even a basic…

NC GOP leaders are now mimicking Trump

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ROB SCHOFIELD Guest Columnist It’s long been a matter of public record that North Carolina conservatives and their allies in the right-wing “libertarian” think tanks and “pro-family” advocacy groups long ago sold their souls to the devil when it comes to Donald Trump. The lure of power and/or access to…

Guest View— Keeping guns away from kids

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After the third Tennessee child in the month of May was wounded by an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot, Beth Joslin Roth unloaded her frustration. “These kids are being injured and killed as a direct result of an adult’s irresponsible choice to leave a loaded firearm unsecured,” the policy director for The…

No longer a luxury

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist As a boy, I barely knew an adult who didn’t smoke. My mother and her best friend smoked cigarettes at the kitchen table every afternoon. My dad didn’t smoke, but all his buddies did. After he died of lung cancer at age 50, Army pathologists…

New budget strikes a balance

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The main reason Gov. Roy Cooper and other North Carolina Democrats cited for opposing the Republican-led legislature’s new budget plan was that it saved too much and cut taxes too much. North Carolina would be better off, they argued, if the new budget had been more…

Don’t let the riptide of angry politics pull you under

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What is the biggest challenge that we, as individuals, face in this time of angry, petty, and deceptive politics that has infected our public life and seems to be pulling each of us under, sucking out of us every ounce of our humanity? It is as…