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Saturday, December, 20 2014

Mark Steyn: “Free speech is in retreat around the world”

I love Mark Steyn’s writing. He is, of course, known for his biting wit, which is terrific and entertaining. But I also appreciate his intellect and writing style. In this piece, Steyn takes on the “Beverly Hills big shots” over their quick cave to threats over “The Interview.” Free speech is in retreat around the […]

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There Is Hope For Kids Who Need Our Help

Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports on a development in education policy that offers hope for a better future for kids in areas of the state that, for now, have few education options. Some state education officials are hoping that a plan approved by the State Board of Education and sent to a legislative committee for […]

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Rejoice For The Children

Those of us who believe every child, no matter his/her circumstances, deserves an opportunity to learn in an environment that best suits his/her individual needs and interests can rejoice in the latest news about North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship program. The N.C. Supreme Court says the state can commence administrative preparations for the Opportunity Scholarship Program […]

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Wake Schools To Keep Taxpayer Money For Kids They Aren’t Teaching

Unbelievable. That’s the only apt description of what the News & Observer reports is occurring in Wake County schools. Wake has enrolled 1,023 fewer students than the funding that was appropriated to the system by the state. It’s not unusual for projected enrollment to differ from actual enrollment. Projections are educated guesses. Wake gets $4,639 […]

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Light Rail About Freedom? No, It’s About Tax Hike To Fund Train Very Few Will Ride

Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports today on the relentless push by Wake County Democrats/progressives, who now control the county commission, to push ahead with a costly light rail plan that is highly unlikely to deliver on the utopian promises its supporters espouse. Just last year, consultants recommended expanding bus service to meet transit needs. But […]

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Triangle's Greatest Hits

In Defense of (Most) Photojournalism

Regardless of the recent examples of unethical photojournalism, most photographers have very high standards.

Will TTA Use Eminent Domain?

Many in the Triangle fear the TTA will resort to Kelo-style eminent domain condemnations.

The Joke's on U

In the new movie, "Accepted," a group of friends make up their own college after being rejected by real ones. The real joke is, the hoax college isn't any more outrageous than many real ones.

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By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.

Agenda 2014: A Candidate's Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.

City and County Issue Guide 2014

Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.

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