Opinion

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When it comes to voting rights, North Carolina the new Selma

In the summer of 1964, the Ku Klux Klan murdered my brother, Andrew Goodman, along with fellow civil rights advocates James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, for having the temerity to try to register black voters in Mississippi. One year later, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act to protect voting rights, once and for all. Case closed. Right?

Op-Ed

A GOP crime proposal that Democrats should back

These days, it’s practically unheard-of for those on the left to embrace ideas promoted by the likes of the Koch brothers and the conservative Heritage Foundation. But it would be a shame if partisan distrust kept Democrats from supporting a proposal favored by the right: a measure that would bolster the idea that a criminal conviction should require proof of what lawyers call “mens rea” – literally, a guilty mind. That’s because it can be harnessed to aid some of those who are especially ill treated by the criminal justice system: the poor and racial minorities.

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George Washington offers a lesson in selflessness for 2016

For all of George Washington’s many accomplishments, arguably the greatest thing he ever did was walk away from power, surrendering it not just once but twice

In doing so, he established a standard for selfless service and character that was never rivaled

Washington’s voluntary surrender of authority was a singular act of courage and leadership, as well as an enduring example of a different way to exercise power

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NC must invest in teachers before it’s too late

Promising students who want to teach are unlikely to take on college debt given teacher pay in North Carolina

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows financially supported qualified students if they taught in North Carolina for four years after graduation

We need to bring it back

Blogs & Columns

J. Peder Zane

Zane: Morality, clarity, truth: The world through William Barber’s eyes

William Barber’s book, “The Third Revolution,” provides a compelling account of the cultural, spiritual and intellectual experiences that have shaped him

It is to Barber’s great credit that even though he “learned firsthand to fear white anger and the violence of white mobs,” he was able to transcend these experiences and see the quest for freedom in wider terms

Unfortunately, Barber sees only one side of any issue – his own, which he protects from any scrutiny by proclaiming it to be the only moral stance

J. Peder Zane

Zane: How Republicans have righted North Carolina’s fiscal ship

GOP tax cuts did not drain North Carolina coffers – they helped replenish them

It’s the same as how the falsely derided Reagan tax cuts actually increased revenues and sparked a two-decade long rise in median incomes

These are the stubborn facts that belie the incessant propaganda of those who insistently pretend that supply-side economics is a fantasy

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Op-Ed

NC must invest in teachers before it’s too late

Promising students who want to teach are unlikely to take on college debt given teacher pay in North Carolina

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows financially supported qualified students if they taught in North Carolina for four years after graduation

We need to bring it back