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I love holidays; any holiday is fine with me. It’s national ice cream day? I’ll take two scoops, please! Easter means so much more than the Easter Bunny and Easter baskets. From going to church to a ham dinner to hunting for eggs, … more
DURHAM — The first time I visited the campus of Duke University, I did so because Rand Paul asked me to. It was during the 1988 presidential election. Like many conservative and libertarian students of the day, my friends and I at the … more
The kid who lived three doors up the street from me was great at baseball — and my brother and I weren’t. My brother’s Little League career lasted a single embarrassing season. I stuck to watching baseball on television and … more
The most important function of state government is education, as evidenced by the fact that North Carolina spends 57 cents of every tax dollar on primary and secondary education. Better-educated citizens earn more, are more productive and generally … more
RALEIGH — Left-wing activists spent a year complaining that House Bill 2 was hurting North Carolina’s business climate. They eagerly cited opposition from banks, manufacturers and other out-of-state interests. Most effectively, they … more
RALEIGH — A fine little line lurks just under one of the eyes that stares out at me from the bathroom mirror each morning. It marks where a plastic surgeon did a pretty good job of patching up a pretty bad error in judgment. After putting … more
RALEIGH — James Otteson, a business school professor at Wake Forest University, came up with an intriguing idea. What if he brought together a group of faculty, students, and outside scholars to explore how societies can best promote human … more
Those of you who read this column weekly know I usually have one subject I focus on each week. What you don’t see is the process that goes into choosing a topic. Some weeks, it’s really easy and other weeks it’s about as easy as … more
RALEIGH — Let’s look back six years to the beginning of this Republican legislative era and ask: Has the GOP done what we, or at least I, expected? On tax changes: Yes. They returned the sales tax to 6.75 percent, flattened the … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy continues to expand at a relatively rapid pace. Over the last year, for example, our gross domestic product grew by 2.6 percent after inflation, compared to the nation’s 1.6 percent growth rate … more
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