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    Are recessions inevitable?

    Most of us focus on decisions affecting our daily lives – earning an income, spending, investing and looking ahead to our retirement. If we have some time left over, we try to have fun. Businesses face similar choices about production, advertising, workers and pricing. Even public institutions...

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    UNC system makes progress

    When Republicans won their legislative majorities in 2010 and expanded them in 2012, they ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and reform. They’ve largely delivered on it. Tax and regulatory burdens are lower. State spending growth has been restrained. Lawmakers have implemented major...

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    Special session coming?

    State lawmakers have returned home to their districts for good to campaign for re-election in November. Or have they?

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    Know your laws?

    Every legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers propose laws that raise eyebrows, generate chuckles around the Legislative Building or are simply a little weird. It’s fun to imagine what the staffers who draft the bills are thinking as they write them. Here are descriptions of 15 such...

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    Book bans undercut teachers

    Perhaps it’s because I’m a free-speech advocate. Perhaps it’s because I think we ought to talk about our problems, not sweep them under the rug. But I cringe when I hear that a public school has banned or restricted access to a book.

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    A prayer after the shooting

    Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the organizations with which the author and endorsers are affiliated.

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    Election workers put on notice

    Employees and appointed members of North Carolina’s 100 county boards of elections should be mindful when they log onto Facebook pages, Twitter and other social media sites.

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    Budget changes much

    By now, you’ve probably heard that the $21 billion state budget for 2014-15 gives teachers raises and doesn’t cut thousands of people off of Medicaid, as once proposed. But the budget, signed earliert this month by Gov. Pat McCrory, includes hundreds of pages of state law changes, ...

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    Help kids cope with disaster

    Our first named hurricane reminds me that natural disasters can seriously disrupt a child’s sense of order and security. Even if a child’s home escapes damage, and family members are uninjured, a storm might be the first sign the world is not always a safe and orderly place, despite...

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    Older voters matter

    When older people talk, politicians and election candidates usually listen – if they’re smart anyway. That’s because older people vote, which is why a new poll released last week by AARP North Carolina should grab the attention of U.S. Senate candidates Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis...

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