Robinson: Our foolish freedom bargain

Eugene Robinson: The USA Freedom Act, which the House passed earlier this month by an overwhelming 338-88 vote, would end the NSA’s vast effort to compile phone call “metadata.” We learned that the government was keeping a comprehensive record of our calls only when fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden spilled the beans; our elected officials, including President Obama, hadn’t bothered to tell us.


NC ag-gag bill would mean shooting the messenger

Supporters say it protects businesses from activist groups that could have an undercover employee reveal damaging information. This bill targets those who reveal illegal activity that could harm workers or the public. We should be encouraging such revelations.

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Ned Barnett

Grounding the American dream

The Wright brothers and Harry Truman, both subject of books by David McCullough, exemplify an America of opportunity for the average person. That America is giving way to one dominated by the very rich while the middle class and working poor struggle to get ahead.

J. Peder Zane

The low-tax, needed-spending dance

J. Peder Zane: Republicans crow about the “Carolina Comeback.” They have accomplished much – cutting many taxes, paying off billions in debt, raising teacher pay and generating a budget surplus. Republicans, however, have been unable to revive the most important economic indicator: money in our wallets

Ned Barnett

N.C. forgoes a tax windfall

North Carolina cut taxes just as the wealthy were seeing big capital gains and corporations were increasing profits. As a result, the state is giving up millions in extra tax revenue.

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