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Colonoscopy ends stomach pains and doctors’ searching

by Bob Allen Most of us have good reasons for putting off certain unpleasant chores, and I have to admit I am guilty. When the word colonoscopy came up from my primary care doctor several months ago, I shuddered as memories from my first one about 10 years ago, came to mind. As...

Getting a good start to rest of life

The first week of August signals a shift in a community’s energy. The laziness of summer starts to draw to a close, stores put out all their back-to-school items and folks rush to squeeze in just a little more vacation. For area high schools, August is not only a time for fall...

Making education a better investment

by John Hood Is state spending on education an investment or a political payoff? Critics of the North Carolina state budget just approved by Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature use the term “investment” a lot. But their arguments sound more like cheap politics. If education...

Seedy dealings at tech center

by Lee Brett Financial mismanagement and waste are nothing new in government. But it seems that these days, you can’t turn your head without seeing something amiss. Earlier this summer, the Civitas Institute helped to uncover corruption at the Rural Economic Development Center....