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Op Ed

February 20, 2018

We know hindsight is 20-20, but we must have been blind when the StarNews first broke the GenX story last June.

We now clearly see how naive we were to assume that the General Assembly would do right by the thousands of people whose water comes from the lower Cape Fear River. No matter how…

North Carolina A State Divided-1

February 20, 2018

Is a $35,000 annual salary "good money?"

That's what N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson recently said about the state's starting salary for teachers. The comment ignited a firestorm of criticism from education advocates who say the number is far too low.

Johnson later admitted…

Colin Campbell

February 19, 2018

Chicago Tribune

It happens in the blink of an eye: A pitch arrives at the plate, the batter swings and a baseball or a bat rockets into the stands. In most cases, there is no harm beyond a few spilled nachos. But sometimes a fan fails to get out of the way, with grim consequences.

Last fall, a…

February 19, 2018

For most Americans, the Parkland, Florida, shooting was a terrible tragedy. But for social media accounts that promote the interests of Russia in the United States, it was a fantastic opportunity.

On the morning after the tragedy, the Russia-linked accounts were commenting fiercely, pushing the…

Anne Applebaum

February 19, 2018

When the North Carolina Senate recently passed a bill with several moving parts — a newly reconstituted State Board of Elections, a rebuff of Gov. Roy Cooper’s attempt to evade legislative control of state revenue, and a multi-year fix to a funding dispute about class size — North…

john hood

February 18, 2018

Bloomberg View

It's important to keep that in mind as the U.S. undergoes its maddening post-massacre ritual: digesting the news reports of a disturbed man and his unfettered access to military-grade firepower; listening to another round of blame deflection from leaders of the party that repeatedly…

February 18, 2018

Watching the media fawning over the North Korean delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics, I recalled a picture that my old boss, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, kept under the glass of a table in his office — a satellite photo of the Korean Peninsula at night.

At the bottom, awash…

Thiessen

February 17, 2018

When I walked away from Donald Trump's Republican Party, I did not walk away from conservatism. Instead, I gave up on a political party whose policies had become indefensible.

I support a pathway to citizenship for the "dreamers," but my approach to immigration is far less expansive than that of…

JoeScarborough

February 17, 2018

It feels like the 2017 session of the North Carolina General Assembly has lingered longer than grandma’s Christmas fruitcake and the fruits and nuts have grown stale and distasteful. HB90, the so-called class size reduction bill is a classic case of good legislation that turned into an…

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February 15, 2018

Big legislation passes Congress, creating new responsibilities for the IRS. Congressional conservatives have a simple answer: Slash spending for the agency, so as to cripple a new measure they couldn't defeat.

That's what happened seven years ago after enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

Now…

albert hunt
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