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    Martinez: Consolidate UNC campuses, but give savings to HBCUs

    HBCU chancellors and African-American community leaders should consider proposing a consolidation plan themselves. The Republican-led General Assembly likely would be friendly to the idea of creating two or three strong, well-funded HBCUs rather than trying to sustain five weaker, regionally balanced...

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    Martinez: Enough with the state's GOP leaders meddling in local affairs

    The degree of local meddling that's emerging from state GOP lawmakers is beginning to resemble political score-settling, not prudent governmental self-restraint the GOP says it supports.

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    Martinez: North Carolina's need to nail down drone details

    There are plenty of drone-related questions North Carolina legislators need to ask. Someone needs to be willing to emulate Rand Paul's commitment and push for answers on what parameters, if any, will be enforced on the use of drones in North Carolina.

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    Martinez: How helping the poor breaks the bank

    Eight of 10 government programs help poor and disabled people with specific needs, such as health care, housing, food, even higher education through Pell grants. The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, however, have devolved into programs that do nothing more than pay people for being...

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    Offshore drilling? Do it for the poor

    Fossil fuels are the most effective anti-poverty tool the world has at its disposal. Education is the road to self-reliance, but affordable energy is what propels people to school and keeps the lights and the computers running at home and in the library. Without affordable energy, the poor have ...

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    Martinez: Time to split up too-big-to-succeed Wake schools

    The Wake County commissioners seem to have missed the gigantic elephant in the room. I understand why they want to own the school system's major capital assets (primarily school buildings), but if I were a commissioner, I'd focus on breaking up the school system.

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    Martinez: Benedict just the pope the church needed

    When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was selected after Pope John Paul II's death, I was downright disappointed. As prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Ratzinger was the rules guy. I thought he wasn't the man to follow John Paul II, a papal rock star who attracted untold...

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    Martinez: Pat McCrory meets a Democratic mess

    Democratic leaders such as Govs. Bev Perdue and Mike Easley, Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight and House Speaker Joe Hackney either refused to read the state's balance sheets or were simply asleep at the wheel during their time in office. The problems they left behind in the unemployment insurance...

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    Martinez: McCrory's correct comments bring overdue look at relevance

    Why is the academy so upset? Gov. Pat McCrory didn't say he wants to defund the liberal arts and turn the university system into UNC-Tech. It was his audacity to publicly question the value of some liberal arts courses -- specifically gender and ethnic studies -- and to wonder aloud to what degree...

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    Martinez: A forever foray into the world of guns

    Despite the political rhetoric that surrounds firearms, I view guns for what they are: mere tools. Over the next months, I'll learn which gun or guns are right for me. I'll get fully trained, buy the proper support equipment and storage, and decide where in my home to store my gun. A concealed-and...

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