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Can government make you happy?

Is it the job of government to make you happy? While it may seem like a straightforward question, there are some important subtleties packed into those few words. On the face of it, “no” feels like the obvious answer. The Declaration of Independence states that governments are instituted to secure our rights to “life, liberty,...

John Hood

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NC can honor Brown v. Board legacy by ending exclusionary school district lines

Friday marked 70 years since the US Supreme Court declared that government-enforced separate public schools for students of different races was unconstitutional in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. Yet our public school enrollment boundaries today are often a near-mirror of the redlined housing maps going back to the 1930s and 1940s —...

Hall⁠i⁠ Faulkner
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The truth about pregnancy resource centers

Last year, the North Carolina General Assembly funded a range of life-changing support for vulnerable mothers under the landmark Care for Women, Children, and Families Act. However, everyone wasn’t on board. Abortion advocates in the legislature have not stopped fighting this law that, among other things, boosted assistance to programs reducing maternal mortality, funded pregnancy...

Julie Scott Emmons