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  • Coming After ObamaCare

    February 27, 2015 at 10:01 am

    The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as ObamaCare, is facing its toughest challenge. And it comes from none other than North Carolina’s own Senator Richard Burr.

  • Bearing Arms

    February 19, 2015 at 9:10 am

    This is Raleigh Mann. Try to imagine how you would feel if an angry neighbor appeared at your front door with a gun tucked in his belt, or carrying a rifle. Pretty scary. What exactly is the point of that? I think it is this. His message is clear: Don’t mess with me. I’m armed, […]

  • UNC’s Mystery Man

    February 13, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a mystery. A compelling story that slowly resolves, clue by clue, can keep you on the edge of your seat until the thrilling conclusion.

    But there’s a mystery in North Carolina that isn’t compelling. It’s actually frustrating and concerning, but it IS keeping us on the edge of our seats.

  • Goodbye, Coach Smith

    February 9, 2015 at 11:17 am

    He held the hand of a little girl, I assumed his daughter, as they walked down the long corridor of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. An unsophisticated freshman from North Wilkesboro opened the door of the Student Union in the fall of 1988 on his way to the Daily Tar

  • Pay Teachers What They Deserve

    January 29, 2015 at 5:10 am

    It doesn’t take long for the GOP’s true colors to come out. And even longer to see the true results of the actions of last year’s long session. The message from legislators is: We value the experience of our own employees. We just don’t value your experience in our schools. Last year, state lawmakers removed the longevity bonus pay for veteran teachers and rolled it into their base salary. At the same time, they unveiled a new pay scale that boosted the pay of newer teachers in an attempt to be viewed to balance out the low pay raises of the long term teachers. Others in state government, including state legislative staffers, kept their bonus pay as well as a raise of $1,000, plus five extra vacation days. Lawmakers also raised the pay by 5 to 6 percent for newer members of the Highway Patrol, but they did not take away longevity pay for the troopers, which is the same as what most state employees receive.

  • Duke Caved

    January 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    A growing group of Muslims has been meeting for prayer in the Duke Chapel basement, but when the university agreed to let them issue their weekly calls to prayer from the chapel’s belfry, voices of anti-Islam bigotry rose up to say no. 224 miles away, Franklin Graham, son of the peace-loving evangelist Billy Graham, went ballistic. It’s a Christian chapel, he insisted. Muslims shouldn’t be using it. It’s fair to say that Graham has a history of hating Islam. He calls it a false religion, guided by treacherous deceit. Quoting now, he has said, “The blinding lies of Satan himself are the dark and sinister force ultimately behind any false religion. It is impossible for a false religion to be a true religion of peace.”

  • Right To Jury Trial Under Attack

    January 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Here in North Carolina, one of our most cherished rights is in jeopardy of being denied citizens of our state.

  • The Price Of Development

    December 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

    In 20 years of living in South Florida, I was able to witness what overdevelopment does to a community. I saw miles of beautiful beachfront turn into a canyon of high-rise buildings blocking the sun. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Everglades, row upon row of concrete driveways and backyard swimming pools replaced palm trees and open space. And when the space ran out, mountains of sand were dumped to create more land, so we could build farther out into the Everglades.

  • What Should We Be Growing in Kenan Stadium?

    December 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Recently, ESPN published a heartwarming and extraordinary story about Paul Quinn College. The tiny school, with an enrollment of about 220, serves primarily African-American and Hispanic students in Dallas, Texas. About 5 years ago, the college’s president, Michael Sorrell, encouraged the creation of an organic farm on campus. He was motivated by two factors. The college is located in a 95% minority, low income neighborhood, officially designated a “food desert”, because there is no convenient access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods. Second, he had personally experienced the consequences of working in a food desert by gaining a lot of weight from eating at the fast food restaurants and convenience stores that were accessible to the college.

  • Don’t Model Chapel Hill Revitalization On Other Cities

    December 5, 2014 at 9:49 am

    As you drive or stroll along Franklin and Rosemary streets and crane your neck to view the upper stories of the high-rise buildings that seem to have been transplanted here from Charlotte or Atlanta, you may wonder, why are we doing this?

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