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July 30, 2017

During the 2016-17 academic year, nearly one out of five North Carolina children were educated in settings other than district-run public schools. In Wake County and some other urban areas, the percentage was even higher.

What does this mean? To opponents of parental choice in education, the trends…

July 29, 2017

Just before the NC General Assembly adjourned on June 30, the consumer loan industry won a prize piece of legislation from state legislators who have benefited handsomely from the industry’s campaign donations that total over $500,000 in the past four years.

In a surprise move, the top…


July 28, 2017

I don’t like the word “trash.” It means dirty-nasty-unkempt-filthy, and it is a bad reflection on you and me, plus, it is downright disgusting and probably spreads disease.

Trash lays around for weeks and weeks in ditches alongside our dirt roads and highways, and in our creeks,…


July 27, 2017

If you grew up in the 20th century, there’s a decent chance you wanted to be like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Humphrey Bogart, Albert Camus, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean or Jimi Hendrix. In their own ways, these people defined cool.

The cool person is stoical, emotionally controlled, never…


July 26, 2017

While the legislature debated the state lottery years ago, a veteran lobbyist dismissed my argument that it would amount to state-sponsored gambling.

“Any fool knows that the odds of winning the lottery are so bad that you can’t call it gambling. It’s just fun.”

More than a…


July 25, 2017

Is Trumpcare finally dead? Even now, it’s hard to be sure, especially given Republican moderates’ long track record of caving in to extremists at crucial moments. But it does look as if the frontal assault on the Affordable Care Act has failed.

And let’s be clear: The reason this…


July 24, 2017

Wicked siblings willing to do anything for power. Secret deals with sworn enemies. The shock of a dead body. A Wall. Foreign bawds, guns for hire, and snakes. Back-stabbing, betrayal and charges of treason. Little birds spying and tattling. A maniacal mad king and his court of scheming, self-…


July 23, 2017

William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and a key orchestrator of protests against Republicans in the Tar Heel State, is a minister. He serves as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro.

Barber isn’t just a minister who engages in activism on the side.…

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