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    Tenure changes under fire

    Whether or not you believe teacher tenure in North Carolina needs reform, it has become apparent that the changes passed by state legislators last year included a fatal flaw.

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    Laughter is good medicine

    A good laugh can be good for the soul.

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    Roads in search of dollars

    As state transportation officials take up the knotty issue of how to pay for roads in the future, they better first understand the political thicket in which state lawmakers have left them.

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    News arrives in many ways

    I am no longer a voracious reader of novels. Indeed, the last book I read was a collection of short stories by Southern writers. That was at least two years ago, because the publisher of that anthology has since discontinued it.

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    Building needs piling up

    A couple of years ago, a friend who was raising money for a major cultural project in the state asked my opinion about the likelihood of winning a grant from state lawmakers.

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    Business, industry support critical to JCC’s success

    A conversation about Johnston Community College and its impact on the county rarely concludes without the mention of a partnership. In today’s economy, with resources at a premium, partnerships are imperative. Marriage cannot exist without partnership. Friendship, learning, service to others...

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    Can we enjoy spring without winter?

    Spring has sprung in Johnston County, and I am surely not alone in applauding its tardy arrival. Winter overstayed its welcome here, bringing a cold rain as recently as last weekend, so Johnston County residents deserved the change in weather that arrived midweek.

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    On transit, county right to be cautious

    When it comes to commuter rail, Johnston County Commissioners sound like they want to have their cake and eat it too: They don’t want to commit money to rail transit, but they also want a seat at the regional planning table.

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    Ross doesn’t get it

    After four years of scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC system president Tom Ross ought to have a firm grasp on the problems faced by academic institutions navigating the treacherous waters of big-time college athletics.

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    Tax dollars wasted in drive-through

    What I saw bothered me, though not enough to fire off an email to the governor or a state legislator. Instead, it was another confirmation of what I have long known: Not all government employees are good stewards of our tax dollars.

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