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NC Senate’s math bill doesn’t add up

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MATT ELLINWOOD Guest Columnist The North Carolina Senate recently passed a bill that would require high schools across the state to simultaneously offer two completely different math tracks: the integrated math sequence that is currently taught in middle and high schools and the old Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II…

Political earthquake hits as British to exit European Union

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist The United Kingdom will exit the European Union. The shock waves first hit Scotland. The secession-minded government plans to hold another independence vote. Next time, a majority of Scots may see no reason to stay. Both the Conservative and Labour Parties face bitter, internecine strife. Calls…

OUR VIEW: New law will save lives

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The General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory passed an important piece of legislation on Monday that will save lives and hopefully prevent a few broken hearts. The legislation makes North Carolina “the third state to provide unlimited access to a prescription drug that’s already saved more than 2,000 people statewide…

Transit issues are worth attention

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If you don’t regularly ride one of the Charlotte Area Transit System’s 70-plus bus routes, its much-debated uptown streetcar or its oft-praised light rail line, you probably didn’t pay much attention to recent news reports about the system’s challenges. You should. That’s because those stories spelled out how CATS faces…

Transparency a casualty of legislative speed

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Legislation is moving at a feverish pace through the General Assembly, as lawmakers try to finish their work by early July. Many who work around the legislative complex see this as positive, not wanting the session to drag on like last year. But while some might…

School reform is good economics

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Although the debate about education policy is robust, complicated, and sometimes vitriolic, there is actually broad agreement about the bottom line: if our students were better prepared for college, careers, and the responsibilities of citizenship, North Carolina would reap tremendous benefits. Liberals and conservatives disagree about…

Books for summer: Mountains and Military

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist If you want some more tips for good summer reading from recent books by North Carolina authors, I have four suggestions, two set in the mountains, two about our military. An obvious choice if you are planning a trip to the mountains is Randy Johnson’s book,…

The dissent channel goes public

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EMMA ASHFORD Guest Columnist On Friday, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal published excerpts and summaries of an internal memo by 51 State Department officials calling for airstrikes against the Assad regime in Syria. The key idea expressed in the memo is simple: take military action immediately…

General Assembly must repeal HB2

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There are rumors going around the North Carolina General Assembly that some compromises, to be proposed by Democrats, may be coming forward on HB2, the ridiculous bill curbing the rights of transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity. HB2 requires them to go by the sex designated…

Tax dispute has a solution

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The federal government has just released another set of economic statistics — and they again show North Carolina has one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States. According to the latest measurements of gross domestic product (GDP), which extend through the end of 2015, North…