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Support, don’t stigmatize, schools

Support, don’t stigmatize, schools

State education officials released the results of the second year of the troubling A-F school grading system Wednesday morning and …

September 4th, 2015 |  

Voters seek safety in the past

Voters seek safety in the past

RALEIGH — I have a theory about the 2016 presidential election. It has the virtue of fitting the data currently …

September 4th, 2015 |  

Voting shifts changing campaigns

Voting shifts changing campaigns

Understanding shifting demographics helps explain how otherwise over-performing outsiders like Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders are so popular. …

September 2nd, 2015 |  

For higher growth, think small

For higher growth, think small

RALEIGH — Remember the old joke about a drunken man crawling around under a lamppost? It starts off with a …

September 1st, 2015 |  

UNCP earns A+ following tour

UNCP earns A+ following tour

It’s that time of year again as our students pack their book bags to head back to school. For some …

August 31st, 2015 |  

Budget betrays poor priorities

Budget betrays poor priorities

If you want to understand the priorities of the folks currently running the General Assembly, the details emerging from the …

August 29th, 2015 |  

Stock volatility not always bad

Stock volatility not always bad

The stock market has not had a correction since 2011. In the last few days, we have seen volatility in …

August 28th, 2015 updated: August 28th, 2015. |  

Evidence supports school choice

Evidence supports school choice

RALEIGH — As a very public advocate of parental choice in education for most of my adult life, I am …

August 27th, 2015 |  

More disappointing budget news

The news this week that legislative leaders will miss another deadline in their efforts to pass a two-year state budget …

August 26th, 2015 |  

Technology brings chickens to fair

Technology brings chickens to fair

Did you ever watch “Green Acres”? For those of you who were not fortunate enough to watch it the first …

August 24th, 2015 |  

Storytellers slated for September

Storytellers slated for September

W.B. Yeats wrote, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” While the back-to-school …

August 24th, 2015 |  

Pop and Quirk: SNL stars hawk chicken for KFC

Pop and Quirk: SNL stars hawk chicken for KFC

Norm MacDonald plays Col. Sanders in a new ad campaign from KFC, but it was a gig hawking hamburgers for …

August 24th, 2015 |  

Tour keeps Hudson in touch

Tour keeps Hudson in touch

After a few months of productive legislative work, I’m glad to be in North Carolina where I get to spend …

August 24th, 2015 |  

TABOR: Impending disaster for NC

TABOR: Impending disaster for NC

Much of the discussion about the Senate’s unfortunate decision to the pass the misnamed Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, …

August 22nd, 2015 updated: August 22nd, 2015. |  

Dems to prioritize governor’s race

Dems to prioritize governor’s race

RALEIGH — After months of speculation and handwringing among Democrats, the party is finally fielding candidates to take on Republican …

August 20th, 2015 |  

Get off sidelines for elections

Get off sidelines for elections

Andy Yates and Todd Poole are names you’ve probably never heard. But they are great Americans and their work affects …

August 18th, 2015 |  

By all means, protect taxpayers

By all means, protect taxpayers

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Senate has approved a Taxpayer Protection Act by the required three-fifths vote. The measure approves …

August 18th, 2015 |  

Summit to focus on jobs for NC

Summit to focus on jobs for NC

North Carolina is home to more than 163,600 small businesses that employ 1.6 million people, about half of the state’s …

August 17th, 2015 |  

Enough is enough indeed

Enough is enough indeed

Sen. Tom Apodaca was partially right Wednesday afternoon when he lamented the inability of legislative leaders to reach a final …

August 14th, 2015 |  

Defining terms shapes debate

RALEIGH – Are you an epicurean? The answer to this question reveals something about you, something about the English language, …

August 13th, 2015 updated: August 13th, 2015. |  

Bill makes Medicaid woes worse

Bill makes Medicaid woes worse

Legislators have set some laudable goals for reforming the state’s Medicaid system. Medicaid, as a reminder, is a health insurance …

August 12th, 2015 |  

Pop and Quirk: Heroes too tiny for the big screen

Pop and Quirk: Heroes too tiny for the big screen

I underestimated moviegoers insatiable hunger for superheroes, and it cost me $20. That’s how much I bet a friend that …

August 11th, 2015 updated: August 11th, 2015. |  

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