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    DOT will need dollars

    Gov. Pat McCrory crisscrossed the state recently to promote his 25-year transportation vision. It was largely received favorably wherever he went, even by editorial writers and others who like to criticize the Republican head of state.

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    Please don’t stereotype me

    I am a Republican, and I’m OK with same-sex couples marrying.

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    Judge’s ruling makes history

    The enormity of a judge’s decision to allow same-sex marriages in North Carolina probably didn’t hit some people until they watched the video of two men getting married live on TV or later on newspaper websites.

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    Guns spark debate

    Sometimes the news of the day begs for a broader discussion of important issues. That happened one day recently on an always polarizing topic.

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    College launches new brand

    Soon after coming to Johnston Community College in July of 2009, I began discussions about the college’s image. Nothing was wrong with the school’s image, but with change in leadership and structure, we felt it time to look to the future and develop a new brand for JCC.

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    Lottery is balancing act

    For every dollar spent on the N.C. Education Lottery in the latest fiscal year, slightly more than a quarter – 27.3 cents – came back to the state for education.

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    Nothing special

    In a video posted online Sept. 19, Gov. Pat McCrory announced he wouldn’t call legislators back to Raleigh this year to consider new economic-development incentives or extend existing tax-credit programs. He left the door open, however, to summon the General Assembly if a “major job...

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    Officials behaving badly

    This column has been on the list for awhile, and the longer it waits, the more examples of government corruption show up in media reports.

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    Are recessions inevitable?

    Most of us focus on decisions affecting our daily lives – earning an income, spending, investing and looking ahead to our retirement. If we have some time left over, we try to have fun. Businesses face similar choices about production, advertising, workers and pricing. Even public institutions...

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    UNC system makes progress

    When Republicans won their legislative majorities in 2010 and expanded them in 2012, they ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and reform. They’ve largely delivered on it. Tax and regulatory burdens are lower. State spending growth has been restrained. Lawmakers have implemented major...

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