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Friday, 04 October 2019 16:58

COLUMN: Carrying childhood habits into adulthood

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A few years ago, I was out to lunch with a couple of guys I worked with and we went to a deli. The deli was one of the traditional kind, with all kinds of meats and stuff hanging around and corned beef sandwiches you could eat for eight days and still have leftovers. 

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 16:30

COLUMN: Demystifying politicians

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Politicians are people with jobs and with bosses.

On its face that seems like a relatively uncontroversial statement, but I’m always surprised at how much time people spend looking for high principle in the decisions politicians make instead of considering the mundane dynamics of political employment.

For the second time in six months, the bigwigs in Chapel Hill appear to be gunning for an East Carolina University chancellor’s job.

Monday, 30 September 2019 13:43

COLUMN: Change how we pay teachers

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About this time last year, progressive activists and Democratic politicians were trumpeting the news that North Carolina was 49th in the country in friendliness to teachers, according to a study by the website WalletHub. The state’s low ranking proved that Republicans disliked public education, they alleged.

Legal scholars are blowing the whistle on a North Carolina school district and the state’s high school sports sanctioning body following a free speech controversy.

Monday, 23 September 2019 14:21

COLUMN: Uncertain policy has economic cost

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Progressives and conservatives argue about economic policy all the time. At government’s current size and scope, would it better promote long-term growth to raise taxes and spend more or to lower taxes and spend less? During a recession, should government try to bolster demand by running large budget deficits or should it economize to keep debt from exploding?

My wife says I am obsessed with time. Keep in mind, this is coming from someone who does not wear a wristwatch, but sets alarms on her phone for everything under the sun. 

The “Great Vape Scare of 2019” is well underway, as more than 380 people have been diagnosed with a severe lung condition that has been traced back to the use of e-cigarettes and THC vaping devices. So far, seven people have died as a result. But governments rush to ban vape products that may or may not be responsible for causing the damage.

The U.S. Navy confirms that three online videos showing two military air encounters with what it calls "unexplained aerial phenomena," and the rest of us call "unidentified flying objects" are authentic, Popular Mechanics reports.

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