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This tragedy must lead to reform
It’s a sad story in every respect. Michael Anthony Kerr, a mentally ill inmate who was also a former army sergeant and preacher, died while in the custody of the Department of Public Safety. And ...

Court makes the right choice
RALEIGH — There was absolutely nothing surprising about the North Carolina Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision to uphold the constitutionality of the state’s new Opportunity Scholarship pro ...

N.C. economy compares well
RALEIGH — Remember a couple of years ago, when North Carolina’s unemployment rate was falling rapidly? Critics of the Republican-led legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory denied that the state& ...

With vouchers approved, time for accountability
RALEIGH – Does it serve a clear public purpose to give lower-income families $4,200-a-year, taxpayer-funded scholarships so their children can attend private or religious schools? That was on ...

Soldiers get better shield from predatory lenders
During the course of a military career, soldiers spend a lot of time crawling around in some pretty inhospitable jungles. The jungles aren’t all in faraway lands. Some are in perfectly respec ...

Builders' windfall or smart policy?
RALEIGH – I recently received an email from an acquaintance in Wilmington, where I used to write for the local paper. There, real estate, building and development interests have long had an o ...

State sets the bar higher
RALEIGH — Texas, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New York, and North Carolina are in an exclusive club. Can you guess its membership policy? I’m not talking about these states’ contributio ...

Finding food and fellowship
What is more important than politics and books? These two are often the topics of my weekly column, but many things are more important. Including food, and the human fellowship that accompanies ...

State funding for N.C. Biotechnology Center
Since its creation as the first state-sponsored biotechnology initiative in the country in 1984, the N.C. Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park has helped create many high-tech, high-paying j ...

Primary could be pivotal
RALEIGH — After months of debate, North Carolina seems finally to have set a date for its 2016 presidential primaries. It won’t be in February, right after the South Carolina primary, as o ...

Investigation shines light on politics
RALEIGH – The recent State Board of Elections probe into contributions made to political candidates from the sweepstakes gambling – although they might call it gaming – industry offe ...

Trump and Buncombe: Then and now
Would North Carolinians ever vote to elect Donald Trump or somebody like him? We did once. When we did, we proved that North Carolinians, like voters across America, can be attracted to tough-ta ...

Don't overreach on rules
RALEIGH — Should regulators require child-safety locks on stepladders? Such a rule would have been a real problem at the Hood abode years ago when my boys were little. At the time, there were ...

Four big questions as legislators return
RALEIGH – The General Assembly has returned from its week-long break in the middle of this year’s legislative session. Here are four questions that may or may not be answered in the next c ...

An overdue mandate for government spending
RALEIGH – One thing I’ve noticed in 16 years covering government and politics is that it’s often difficult to find out exactly how local governments spend taxpayer dollars. Details a ...

Growth rests on four walls
RALEIGH — The core question in North Carolina politics is a simple one: how can state government build a foundation for sustained, broad-based economic growth? If jobs are plentiful and incom ...

Hate crimes and domestic terrorism
U. S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered a blunt message last week that is worth remembering as we assess the risks and hazards in the world around us. “Hate crimes themselves are the o ...

Build on Constitution Avenue
RALEIGH — As someone who views constitutional government as a basic institution of freedom, and constitutions as wielding near-divine authority, I retain what to some might be a surprising or ev ...

An indictment of state's broken campaign finance system
RALEIGH – The most shocking disclosure made in a recent hearing by the State Board of Elections about Sen. Fletcher Hartsell’s campaign spending wasn’t that the longtime Republican l ...

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