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    School board should allow religion class

    Surely Johnston school board member Butler Hall has no real qualms with an online course in world religions. Surely he sees no real harm in a class that introduces, not indoctrinates, young people to the religions that have influenced individuals, cultures and societies, in many cases for thousands...

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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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    Recycling fee doesn’t pass fairness test

    Johnston County Commissioners say they want to be fair when deciding how to make trash disposal in Johnston pay for itself. If so, they will be hard pressed to justify levying a $5 recycling fee on homes and businesses in Johnston towns.

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    Schools need to raise their expectations

    Last week, we ran a story on Johnston student scores on the latest end-year tests given by the state. Truth be told, we didn’t find the scores useful, and we doubt parents did either.

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    Your Letters: Craig Olive goes beyond the call of duty

    We are writing this letter as a humble note of appreciation for the quality of service provided from the Johnston County Register of Deeds Office.

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    Special session coming?

    State lawmakers have returned home to their districts for good to campaign for re-election in November. Or have they?

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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...

  • OPINION

    Know your laws?

    Every legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers propose laws that raise eyebrows, generate chuckles around the Legislative Building or are simply a little weird. It’s fun to imagine what the staffers who draft the bills are thinking as they write them. Here are descriptions of 15 such...

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    Book bans undercut teachers

    Perhaps it’s because I’m a free-speech advocate. Perhaps it’s because I think we ought to talk about our problems, not sweep them under the rug. But I cringe when I hear that a public school has banned or restricted access to a book.

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    A prayer after the shooting

    Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the organizations with which the author and endorsers are affiliated.

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