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Do state politicians have principles? To some cynical academics and activists, the only way this question can have an affirmative answer is to define the term the way comedian Groucho Marx famously did: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them ... well, I have others."
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) advises trustees and alumni about higher education issues, identifies "oases of [educational] excellence," and examines graduation requirements at various colleges to answer the question "What Will They Learn?"
Sunday morning, June 12, 2016, may seem like just any other Sunday morning at my headquarters in rural northeastern North Carolina; but, in a Gay night club known as "Pulse", in Orlando, Florida, many Americans lay dead and others dying.
In 1824, Rep. John Randolph from Virginia addressed Congress and condemned the high protective tariff that it was poised to pass, explaining how it would inflict great economic harm on the Southern states.
The thrill is gone. Carrying a concealed weapon for three weeks in the suburbs is boring.
NC Capitol Connection is posting election results. They are revealing about what voters really need
Well, it's over. For all the talk about the Trump Revolution and a desire to send The Establishment a message - we got very little action to support ANY of that.
At birth, we boarded the train of life and met our parents, and we believed that they would always travel by our side. However, at some station, our parents would step down from the train, leaving us on life's journey alone.
Last year I wrote about reclusive folks who enjoy Imaginary Friends on social media and about Robot Lovers.
Jefferson Davis' worse fears came true. The big government of Abraham Lincoln, the greatest tyrant our country has ever known, has co-opted and crafted the "great lie" of why our country fought the Civil War.
Some think that it is impossible to reverse the destructive course our government is on now. Impossible is a big word and Donald Trump is a big man. I believe he is capable of achieving the impossible.
When Representative Rob Bryan first proposed the idea of Achievement School Districts it seemed, at first, a pretty radical concept, but after a year of discussion we've not heard many alternatives put forward
So many books, so little time. With this in mind, the Amazon Books editors set out to compile a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.

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Government

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Proposal also would fund 2,000 extra students per year if budget measure becomes law
RALEIGH North Carolina's still-young Opportunity Scholarship Program would get a major boost if a provision in the proposed Senate budget becomes law.

The Opportunity Scholarship Program, enacted in 2013, provides a child from a low-income family a tax-funded voucher of up to $4,200 per school year to use toward private-school tuition.

The budget sets aside $34.8 million in a reserve account for the 2016-17 school year to help children from lower income families eligible to use the vouchers get off a waiting list and into a private school. It also allows the state to increase awards incrementally by 2,000 students per year - with a corresponding $10 million increase ... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

H.B. 954 backers say state can get out of tolling contract with Cintra "for cause" because Spanish company failed to disclose litigation
RALEIGH Efforts to block the controversial high-occupancy or toll lanes on Interstate 77 in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties gained momentum on Wednesday as a bill to cancel the project cleared two committees.

The House has scheduled a Thursday morning floor vote on House Bill 954. If it passes the House and Senate, the bill faces certain opposition if not a veto from Gov. Pat McCrory, who consistently has defended the project against stout local opposition.

Motorists using so-called HOT lanes would be required to pay a toll unless at least three people are in the vehicle. Plans call for two HOT lanes each way along... (read more)

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Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: This article appeared on John Hood's daily column in the Carolina Journal, which, because of Author / Publisher Hood, is linked to the John Locke Foundation.

RALEIGH Do state politicians have principles? To some cynical academics and activists, the only way this question can have an affirmative answer is to define the term the way comedian Groucho Marx famously did: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them ... well, I have others."

But for anyone who has watched politicians do their jobs up close and personal, it's hard not to conclude that most of them spend most of their political careers advancing what they perceive to be principled positions on public ... (read more)
Publisher's note: The John William Pope Center for Education Policy provides a treasure trove of information suggesting the better path forward in regards to North Carolina's number one issue - public education. Public education, at all levels, requires a significant amount of funding from our state government, and all one hundred North Carolina counties, so it is essential that leaders effecting education policy get it right, and know that concerned entities, like the John William Pope Center, will be minding their progress to do so. We welcome the John William Pope Center for Education Policy to our growing readership, and expect our readers to learn all they can to do their part in this ... (read more)
Islamic Terror is growing in Obama's Politically Correct America.

Sunday morning, June 12, 2016, may seem like just any other Sunday morning at my headquarters in rural northeastern North Carolina; but, in a Gay night club known as "Pulse", in Orlando, Florida, many Americans lay dead and others dying - the largest ever of extreme single instance murder in America's history.

Islamist Terrorist Omar Mateen, a local security officer, was among the dead, killed by the Orlando PD SWAT, who is reported to be both incensed by male homosexuality, while also having a fervent allegiance to Radical Islam, proactive Jihadism and ISIS. And now, at 2:21 pm while engaged in this report, the Islamic S... (read more)

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Community

I am not a veteran. I only have the greatest respect for those who have served, unsurpassed by all professions that keep America safe and strong.
A Moore County man who was on probation for domestic violence charges is accused of killing his live-in girlfriend, whose body was found Wednesday near the entrance to the county landfill, authorities said.

Business

Publisher's note: The purpose for me putting this promotional post on the front page of BCN is multi-fold. First, this is a substantial representation of where i have spent a good bit of time for the first 1 1/2 months of this year. Plus, I have spent substantial time on the digital marketing of this property, including the genesis of the new and improved Deatherage & Associates.

Secondly, and this is a big second here, I have been toying with this concept of total marketing, employing BCN as a traffic generator, now that we have built BCN into the top online publication originating from northeastern North Carolina, and using other dynamic online publications, yet to be unveiled. In the initiation of this concept, we will begin by using Beaufort County Now's "The Marketing of Things" section, which we will provide to our best customers and clients. More about all that later, as I... (read more)

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The Region

 Publisher's note: The author of this post, Crystal Baity, is a contributor to ECU News Services.

Study abroad experiences increase global understanding
 From visiting Buddhist holy places to examining Peruvian culture in the Andean highlands, students at East Carolina University have a world of places and programs to explore through study abroad.

 Hundreds will travel this summer, the most popular time for ECU students, said Whitney Morris, education abroad advisor in ECU's International House.

 More than 35 faculty-led summer programs are offered including one by associate professor of religious studies Derek Maher, who will take 15 students to India and Nepal to map the Buddhist Holy Land and follow the Buddha's life. This is the 11th year that Maher has led a trip to South Asia.

 "It teaches them something about how complicated the human condition is," Ma... (read more)

The Arts

First Person Defender BCN link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwTc2Gd4d3A&index=4&list=PLscB-49EdZcuKOrDogPOGkeTde5OqGTT3

The thrill is gone. Carrying a concealed weapon for three weeks in the suburbs is boring. Listening to the news, there are no stories of an old Vet saving a lady in distress or preventing a robbery. I have more fun watching Hickok45 YouTube gun training and evaluations. I am tempted to go downtown Friday night and use a remote ATM to stir up some action.

Gun store education reveals small pocket pistols are 22 LR, 25, or 32 Caliber; mid-size wallet holster types are 380 and larger belt holster types are 38 and 9mm. Real cowboys want larger toys like 357 magnums nearly impossible to conceal.

Conclusion: Home protection is very important and avoiding hazardous situations, people; neighborhoods. Weapons carry may be a waste of my retirement money. But now I ... (read more)
Author Unknown: I think this is Free Verse poetry.

At birth, we boarded the train of life and met our parents, and we believed that they would always travel by our side. However, at some station, our parents would step down from the train, leaving us on life's journey alone.

As time goes by, some significant people will board the train: siblings, other children, friends, and even the love of our life.

Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we won't realize that they vacated their seats! This train ride has been a mixture of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

A successful journey consists of having a good relationship with all passengers, requiring that we give the best of ourselves. The mystery that prevails is that we do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. Thus, we must try to tra... (read more)

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Living

Press Release:
 GREENVILLE The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center have appointed two acclaimed specialists to key leadership positions. Drs. Blase Carabello and Andy Kiser bring international experience and a new level of expertise in cardiovascular care to the East.

 Carabello joins the ECU Department of Cardiovascular Sciences as chief of cardiology at Brody and director of the East Carolina Heart Institute (ECHI) at the medical center.

 He is recognized worldwide in the field of valvular heart disease. He specializes in the care of patients with complex valvular heart disease and general internal medicine. He co-authored the AHA/ACC Guidelines for the Treatment of Valvular Disease from 1998 to 2016.

 Carabello earned his MD degree from Temple University. He completed his training in both internal medicine and cardiolo... (read more)


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