Opinion (380)

Monday, 21 October 2019 12:58

COLUMN: States are better governed

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As established in the federal constitution, America’s national government was meant to be small and tightly focused on matters of truly nationwide scope. It is neither. Washington busybodies have usurped countless powers that, according to the clear language of the Tenth Amendment, were “reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Friday, 18 October 2019 18:35

COLUMN: Homesick Baltimore Blues

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It's no big secret that I am not a North Carolina native. I've lived here for almost 10 years. I wasn't one of those folks who move from a northern place to North Carolina and try to make it like it was back home. I came here to get away from all that nonsense, so you don't have to worry about me being one of the transplants who moves here only to complain that life was so much better back home. 

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:34

COLUMN: The downside of impeachment

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Unless there's some dramatic change in the political landscape over the next month or so, I believe that the U.S. House of Representatives will impeach President Donald Trump.

It must have been an impressive sight on Aug. 5 when 40-year-old Frenchman Franky Zapata crossed a 22-mile stretch of the English Channel on a hoverboard, escorted by helicopters and military ships.

Monday, 14 October 2019 12:59

COLUMN: Pols should accept urban realities

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In 2012, 92 percent of North Carolina workers commuted to their place of employment by automobile. By 2018, that share had dipped to 90 percent.

Friday, 11 October 2019 19:53

COLUMN: Is our climate changing?

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Has anyone felt that our summers are hotter and our winters milder? Well, if your answer is yes, you are not alone. 

Friday, 11 October 2019 19:35

COLUMN: Tres gatos in our casa

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When our younger daughter moved back home a few months ago, we knew it was going to be a bit of an adjustment having her in the house when we had just gotten used to her being out on her own. 

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 13:15

COLUMN: Entangling alliances make for forever wars

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In March of 2018, U.S. president Donald Trump promised "we'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon." That December, he issued an order to begin withdrawing U.S. troops. Apparently the order never got executed. Most of a year later, U.S. forces remain.

Monday, 07 October 2019 12:12

COLUMN: Freedom has many meanings

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What does it mean to be free? Many seemingly intractable disputes about specific issues — ranging from welfare spending and school choice to abortion and alcohol policy — originate from the fact that people don’t answer this question in the same way. It’s hard to have a useful political conversation without a truly common political language.

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