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RALEIGH — Isn’t “modern conservatism” a contradiction in terms? That’s one of the questions I received after teaching a seminar at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy titled “Modern Conservatism and Policy.” No, … more
It’s elementary. Education control freaks will use any excuse to crack down on competition. With two million K-12 students now educated at home (including our 9th grade son), the temptation to exploit the most marginal cases of alleged child abuse … more
Finally, Nancy Pelosi’s faux feminist veneer has fully cracked. The Democratic “shero” is, and always has been, a sham. But after her incoherent babblefest on “Meet the Press” defending accused groper John Conyers and clown-cad Al … more
For years, North Carolina could do little more than watch from the sidelines when the courtship of giant automakers and other manufacturers grew intense. We were stymied by a lack of readily available incentive money, or a clumsy legislature too … more
Customs vs. Laws I’m approaching my 82nd birthday, and my daughter will occasionally suggest that modernity is perplexing to me because I’m from prehistoric times. As such, it points to one of the unavoidable problems of youth — namely, … more
Here I go again, dating and aging myself, but it’s worth it to pass along a few more tales from the past. Let’s see a show of hands. How many of you didn’t get an electronic device of some kind for Christmas when you were younger? Uh … more
Martin Luther King Jr. died 50 years ago, on April 4, 1968, but he is not dead to me, not in what he did, not in what he achieved. While he hardly made it go away, he took the dread of American racism, and, out of his Christian love, his patriotism, … more
Inadequate Prevention More information has been released about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who stormed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. Armed with a gas mask, smoke grenades, a Smith and Wesson … more
It shouldn’t be this way, but ensuring our drinking water is safe will require a long and persistent effort. A modest but important step was taken recently when the EPA announced it would begin working with other federal and state agencies to … more
Black Political Power Means Zilch It’s often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That’s an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis. … more
My family got a lot of strange looks when we started talk of a northern vacation, especially among our Southern friends. Many thought the mere idea of heading to New Hampshire in the winter falls more in the category of a nightmare than a vacation. … more
There’s a new hope in the world today, a hope that we are safer and more united and that more than half a century of conflict that has separated Koreans under different governments is closer to a … more
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