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RALEIGH — The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political discourse. While objections to her lack of experience in government were … more
It is perhaps symbolic that the North Carolina legislature is one of only three in the country with its own building — and not just any building, but one designed by the same architect responsible for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts … more
RALEIGH — Do governors and state legislators really have much to do with the performance of state economies? If governors and state legislators are to be believed, their policies are responsible for all good economic news — and rarely … more
RALEIGH — No doubt envious of all the attention federal politicians are getting in our chaotic nation’s capital, North Carolina’s political leaders have set off a constitutional controversy of their own. In December, the General … more
North Carolina is failing far too many children, especially those “at risk.” Few dispute that conclusion, but fewer still agree on solutions to the problem. The Emerging Issues Forum has never shied away from significant and sometimes … more
This week, I bought a new polo shirt. It’s nothing exciting, really. Each of you knows what a polo shirt looks like. It’s orange, cotton, and has a two-button placket. I prefer a three-button placket, but they are getting hard to come … more
It is no secret that farm families have always worked hard to provide produce and other products for people who live in town. Around here in addition to tobacco, farmers took cotton, corn, soybeans, vegetables, milk, eggs and meat to be sold in … more
One year ago, on Feb. 9, 2016, the Nashville Police Department became the first in the state of North Carolina to implement a program called the Hope Initiative. For those with substance use disorder who were seeking treatment, our promise was, and … more
RALEIGH — These are busy times for “political pretzels,” the contortionists who are party diehards. If they stick with their party in Raleigh, they will contradict their party in Washington, and vice versa. Or, because … more
RALEIGH — In what had once been a land of opportunity and progress, the state had grown large and oppressive. Its leaders lost their way. Its people nearly lost their freedom. How oppressive had the state become? No matter how you chose to … more
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