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When Julian Pleasants died on Sept. 7, North Carolina lost one of its most important academic and popular historians.

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September, to me, is the airplane that takes me to Disneyland, the dinner of beef stew that leads to the dessert of cake, or the socks that go on under a beautiful new pair of boots.

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When North Carolinians are free to trade with whomever they choose, be it South Carolinians or South Koreans, some local businesses may lose sales. The case for markets isn’t based on promises of cost-free benefits or perfect outcomes. No such promises could ever be honored in the real world.

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Debbie Matthews is on vacation this week. Her column will return on Sept. 14.

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Before Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, he wrote his own epitaph. Did he mention any of his political offices? No. Jefferson wanted only three accomplishments listed on his gravestone: author of the Declaration of Independence, founder of the University of Virginia, and author of the Virginia …

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“Why do you pick on Republicans so much? Don’t you know it was the Democrats who were the authors of Jim Crow?”

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What should we say to each other about Sept. 11, 2001, now that 20 years have gone by since the awful day and our troops are leaving Afghanistan? In searching for an answer, I found the column I wrote back then. And I want to share it again as I have done every five years.

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When I was a little kid, I used to love Gidget movies. I was the cool surfer girl who didn’t know she was gorgeous, bewitched all the guys, had an amazing wardrobe and never wore the same outfit twice.

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I’ve long thought the North Carolina General Assembly should reform our state’s archaic and anti-competitive requirement for certificates-of-need. In the post-COVID world we are entering, however, reform is no longer just a good idea. It’s an imperative.

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A couple of weeks ago at the dealership, my manager Nathaniel called me over.

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The University of North Carolina systemically discriminates by race and ethnicity in student admissions and faculty hiring. Arguably such behavior is already forbidden by federal and state law.

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The N.C. House finally approved a proposed budget bill last week for the fiscal year that began July 1 — six weeks ago. Now comes a period of negotiation with the state Senate, which passed its version a few weeks before, and after that one hopes, some measure of legitimate give and take wit…

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There is some surprisingly good news for Donald Trump in a new book that, ironically, aims to demonstrate the former president’s incompetence.

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When I started selling cars, there were people in my life who thought I might become cynical, jaded, and mistrustful of the motives of others.

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North Carolina’s state government has a multi-billion-dollar surplus. Its enormity has multiple causes: past spending discipline, revenue growth from a resurgent economy and gobs of borrowed federal money. Its enormity also presents North Carolina’s conservative-run legislature with a challenge.