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Evidence shows that freedom works

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — I know many Democrats and progressives who continue to be frustrated by the conservative Republicans who have controlled the North Carolina General Assembly since 2010. The Left has spent years stating and restating its standard narrative about our state: that North Carolina has historically…

Miller Doesn’t Understand the Economics of Immigration

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ALEX NOWRASTEH Guest Columnist Senior Trump administration aide Stephen Miller gave a press briefing yesterday defending the RAISE Act – a bill introduced by Sens. Cotton (R-AR) and Perdue (R-GA) that would slash the number of legal immigrants without increasing skilled or merit-based immigration. The purpose of the RAISE Act…

GUEST VIEW — Rowan County court decision

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The Rowan County Board of Commissioners all but established Christianity as an official religion. A federal appeals court last week said it went too far. “For years on end, the elected members of the county’s Board of Commissioners composed and delivered pointedly sectarian invocations,” Judge J. Harvey Wilkinson III wrote…

Privatizing school bus safety

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COLIN CAMPBELL Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Drivers who pass stopped school buses could get fined up to $1,000 under a bill that Gov. Roy Cooper signed on July 25 — but the hefty fine isn’t why legislators from both parties opposed the measure. The technology is similar to red-light cameras:…

Some reforms enjoy broad support

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — If you believe the political debate in North Carolina and the rest of the country has grown coarse, predictable, and unproductive, you’re not alone. Most of your fellow citizens agree, though they may blame different causes. The existence of political disagreement isn’t itself the…

Seventy-six trombones and the loyalties to con men

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “Seventy-six trombones led the big parade, with a hundred and ten coronets close at hand. They were followed by rows and rows of the finest virtuosos, the dream of ev’ry famous band.” Can you guess where I am going with this? “Seventy-six trombones caught the morning…

Guest View— Carcinogen that can be found in well water

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Gov. Roy Cooper has rightly been criticized in recent days for not enacting better protection against hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen that can be found in well water. There are signs his administration is now headed in the right direction. We hope that’s the case. “As a Democratic gubernatorial candidate last…

Americans: Optimistic no more?

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ED FEULNER Syndicated Columnist “The present is getting better. The future, not at all.” So begins a recent New York Times article about a Pew study that shows the public adopting a rather dim outlook. “Even as more Americans say the economy is improving, a clear majority remain fearful about…

Which political party is more anti-science?

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist If Jim Martin could make peace between religion and science, could he do something similar about his Republican Party’s war with science? A few weeks ago I wrote about our former governor’s new book, “Revelation Through Science: Evolution in the Harmony of Science and Religion.” In…

Dying to Work in America’s Black Market

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ALEX NOWRASTEH Guest Columnist The recent deaths of 10 illegal immigrants in San Antonio, Texas are a gruesome example of the human costs of severe immigration restrictions. The immigrants wanted to be smuggled into the United States and, presumably, paid somebody for that service. They had no way to enter…