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RALEIGH —The recent firestorm over steep reductions in tuition proposed at five universities — including three historically black ones — illustrates much of what is wrong with North Carolina politics. We had questionable process … more
Comments from The Wilson Times’ Facebook page on an editorial criticizing a recommendation to raise the age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21: Way to go, Wilson Times! Now come out against other prohibitions. Tom Parker I … more
Now that Memorial Day has passed, I guess it’s safe to say summer has arrived. The official start of the season isn’t for another few weeks, but the “unofficial” start has come and gone. The kids who are still in school are … more
RALEIGH — For the first three weeks of this legislative session, the House and Senate puttered along. The House worked on its budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, while the Senate considered few bills of note. Speculation arose that the General … more
RALEIGH — One of the consequences of writing a syndicated column on politics and public policy for nearly 30 years is that I am constantly told what I think and why I think it. You may find this consequence perplexing. Isn’t my job here … more
“Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.” Using a saying from UNC President Margaret Spellings’s native Texas, one attributed to Sam Rayburn, the longtime speaker of the U.S. House of … more
RALEIGH — Sometimes, in this job, you just get a funny feeling about what might happen next. That happened recently when a bill was filed in the state House with an odd title: “DOT/No Discrimination Against Motorcyclists.” At any … more
I was reading an article not long ago about the people who win the jackpots in those mega-lotteries. The article essentially said the rate of people who wind up broke or in debt because of the mismanagement of the wealth was getting larger as the … more
RALEIGH — So far, 2016 has turned out to be a momentous year in state politics — and the general election is still months away. North Carolinians have watched and in many cases participated in the rise of Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and … more
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