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As the U.S. House of Representatives took up the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, in 2010, then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, famously told her fellow members of Congress "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

Local government leaders who lobbied to make police body camera video confidential might lack the stomach for secrecy when loose lips could land them behind bars. 

Monday, 12 August 2019 12:21

COLUMN: Duke Energy is right on gas

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Duke Energy can’t win.

I am thinking I need an office. I don't need a big one, really. I just need someplace where I can write the column in peace. 

In a constitutional Catch-22, a divided N.C. Court of Appeals panel agrees motorists have a First Amendment right to flip the bird, but contends traffic cops can detain you for it anyway. 

"Online communities like 4chan and 8chan have become hotbeds of white nationalist activity," wrote the editors of the New York Times on Aug. 4 in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Then: "Law enforcement currently offers few answers as to how to contain these communities."

To the editor:

This is a response to Michael Maharrey’s opinion article “In God you must trust — or we'll pass a law.”

Monday, 05 August 2019 13:13

COLUMN: School funds should follow child

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North Carolina Democrats and Republicans have sparred for years about the level of state funding for public schools. Democrats argue the GOP-led legislature has the wrong priorities, that it ought to have cut taxes less and boosted school funding more. Republicans argue that the big drop in inflation-adjusted funding occurred during the recessionary years of 2009 to 2011 when Democrats were charge, that recent years have brought substantial increases, and that fostering economic growth will produce higher and more stable funding for education and other services in the long run.

Helping women and minorities find their place behind the microphone and camera as broadcasters is commendable, but telling bureaucrats to monitor radio and television stations’ political leanings is a bridge too far. 

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