Opinion (591)

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 19:02

COLUMN: Yes, they're concentration camps

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"The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border," U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) pointed out in an Instagram video on June 18.

Monday, 24 June 2019 13:29

COLUMN: Medicaid gambit won't boost Cooper

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What do North Carolina voters think of the job Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has done over his first two and a half years in the office? The signals are mixed at the moment.

Friday, 21 June 2019 18:54

COLUMN: First impressions aren't always right

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The old wisdom says that first impressions are the ones people remember. It has been said that the first impression is always right and it is always stored in the back of the mind for future reference. I guess this occasionally true, as some people and things never transcend that initial impression. 

The presumption of innocence.

It’s a hallowed maxim of American jurisprudence.

Monday, 17 June 2019 17:24

COLUMN: Partisan control shapes state policies

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RALEIGH — To the ears of politically engaged North Carolinians, it may sound strange to hear claims that changes in partisan control don’t yield significant changes in state policy. But among scholars, this has been a widespread view for many decades.

This evening, I had pizza for dinner. It wasn't made from scratch, nor was it from a local take-out. It was a boxed frozen pizza from the supermarket. The brand is not important, as I don't want to get into the area of product endorsement, but it has a World War I flying ace on the box. As gourmet food goes, it's lacking a great deal. It's not organic or all-natural. It didn't have any trendy toppings on it. It had four meats, though I can't remember which four meats they were. It's not expensive. It's not award-winning. It is, however, delicious. 

Selling lemonade on the side of the street has been a summer tradition for American kids for years.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:08

COLUMN: Pork isn't the problem

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It's that time of year: Citizens Against Government Waste just released its annual "Pig Book," a compendium and analysis of pork barrel spending, aka earmarks, by the U.S. Congress in 2019.

“You had to live—  did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, "1984"

Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state.

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