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June 28, 2017

The main reason Gov. Roy Cooper and other North Carolina Democrats cited for opposing the Republican-led legislature’s new budget plan was that it saved too much and cut taxes too much.

North Carolina would be better off, they argued, if the new budget had been more like Cooper’s…


Can NATO adequately fight terrorism?

June 28, 2017

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has now formally enlisted in the fight against Islamic State. It can begin by helping to stem the flow of refugees trying to reach Europe from North Africa.

This would be more than a humanitarian exercise; it would be a counterterrorism operation. Wherever…


Were Confederate generals traitors?

June 28, 2017

My “Rewriting American History” column of a fortnight ago, about the dismantling of Confederate monuments, generated considerable mail. Some argued there should not be statues honoring traitors such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis, who fought against the Union.…


A boost for the film industry

June 27, 2017

We wish North Carolina didn’t have to play the incentives game to lure businesses here. But as long as other states are playing, we can’t afford to be on the sidelines.

So we are pleased that the N.C. General Assembly’s proposed budget provides more than $30 million in film…