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    Election workers put on notice

    Employees and appointed members of North Carolina’s 100 county boards of elections should be mindful when they log onto Facebook pages, Twitter and other social media sites.

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    Budget changes much

    By now, you’ve probably heard that the $21 billion state budget for 2014-15 gives teachers raises and doesn’t cut thousands of people off of Medicaid, as once proposed. But the budget, signed earliert this month by Gov. Pat McCrory, includes hundreds of pages of state law changes, ...

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    Help kids cope with disaster

    Our first named hurricane reminds me that natural disasters can seriously disrupt a child’s sense of order and security. Even if a child’s home escapes damage, and family members are uninjured, a storm might be the first sign the world is not always a safe and orderly place, despite...

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    Older voters matter

    When older people talk, politicians and election candidates usually listen – if they’re smart anyway. That’s because older people vote, which is why a new poll released last week by AARP North Carolina should grab the attention of U.S. Senate candidates Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis...

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    Raises part of pay reform

    Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year’s state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all rather than giving large raises to early-career teachers and relatively small...

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    My first letter to my kid at college

    After dropping our daughter off at college last weekend, I told her I would email her soon. Here’s what I wrote:

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    Trusted to provide hope

    While on vacation recently, I had the rare opportunity to read a novel. In it, two of the characters were having a conversation in which one said to the other, “Like most things that last, trusting is a process.” I could not read on without pondering the power in that statement as ...

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    Economists split on whether inflation is a real worry

    Two of the key concerns in our economy are unemployment and inflation. We want both to be low. When unemployment is low, more people have jobs and earn income. When inflation is low, the dollars we earn don’t lose their purchasing power as quickly. That is, our dollars buy more with low inflation...

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    Churches no longer shun divorcees

    The other day, I was talking to a friend, a religious man, whose son is facing divorce. Not knowing much about my friend’s faith, I asked if his church frowned on divorce.

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    Making laws is hard

    Lawmaking ain’t easy, even with strong Republican majorities in the House and Senate and a Republican in the Executive Mansion.

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