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Why democracy needs higher education

The defunding of public higher education currently underway across the country is troubling for many reasons. It is more than …

July 6th, 2015  |  

Scrutiny for gun laws, post-Charleston

Scrutiny for gun laws, post-Charleston

Their timing, as it turned out, was less than impeccable. The gun-rights boosters who are pushing N.C. House Bill 562 …

July 4th, 2015  |  

Senate pushes to eliminate health retirement benefits for NC teachers and state employees

Senate pushes to eliminate health retirement benefits for NC teachers and state employees

Buried deep in the Senate budget proposal that lawmakers passed last week is a provision that would eliminate state-paid health …

July 1st, 2015  |  

Cutting teacher assistants defies logic

Cutting teacher assistants defies logic

Last week the N.C. Senate approved a budget that includes a $57.5 million cut to teacher assistant funding. This would …

June 30th, 2015  |  

With Obamacare affirmed, it’s time for a plan to cover 500,000 North Carolinians

With Obamacare affirmed, it’s time for a plan to cover 500,000 North Carolinians

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled — again — that the structure of the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, …

June 29th, 2015  |  

Memories on the fault lines of race

Memories on the fault lines of race

Two people who wanted to be something else have grabbed our attention recently: Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president …

June 28th, 2015  |  

The missing sense of urgency in Raleigh

The missing sense of urgency in Raleigh

It promises to be a long hot summer in the Legislative Building in Raleigh as House and Senate leaders try …

June 26th, 2015  |  

NC’s labor market improved incrementally

NC’s labor market improved incrementally

In May, employers in North Carolina added 10,400 more jobs than they cut, with net gains occurring in the public …

June 24th, 2015  |  

Let the voters decide

Let the voters decide

When the framers of our state’s Constitution were assigning duties and responsibilities to the various branches of government they wisely …

June 23rd, 2015  |  

Waterloo and Magna Carta, important anniversaries

Waterloo and Magna Carta, important anniversaries

This was a big week for important historical anniversaries. There are two of them. It is the 200th anniversary of …

June 22nd, 2015  |  

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