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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....

Time for careful reading by the Governor

by Chris Fitzsimon When Governor Pat McCrory finally gets around to reading the voter suppression bill he promised to sign even though he admitted he wasn’t familiar with all its provisions, he will find a lot of changes to election laws that have nothing to do with requiring...

Medicaid proven a failure

By Sally C. Pipes State legislators across the country are wrestling with whether to expand Medicaid, with the bulk of the funding to come from the federal government, thanks to Obamacare. Thus far, a substantial number of states have rebuffed the feds’ offer — or are leaning...
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Spencer’s Gate has the moves

YOUNGSVILLE — The Spencer’s Gate community kicked off their shoes and boogied to celebrate National Dance Day, a national holiday since its declaration in 2010. Jo’Ann Hays, of Youngsville, was the ring-leader of the event that kicked off at 9:30 a.m. at the community pool and...

United Way events in Franklin County

•The Day of Caring, (Sept. 28) application deadline has been extended to Aug. 15. Volunteers team together for community projects such as cleaning, painting, yard work, light repair and installation of handicapped ramps. Call 919-496-0937 for more information. •The SIREN3...

Lawmakers fail to account for resistance to change

by Scott Mooneyham With another legislative session in North Carolina completed, the postmortems have begun, and most have not been very kind to the honorables. Many of the honorables, at least those in the Republican majority, are likely taking comfort from pats on the back by...

Statistics tell about the economy’s condition — Dr. Mike Walden

by Dr. Mike Walden How do we know what’s happening to our state’s economy? Certainly we can rely on our personal experiences, but there’s no assurance that what’s happening in our own economic life is representative of the entire state. This is why we rely on economic statistics...