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When politicians miss the point

RALEIGH — If politicians want to understand why the public doesn’t hold them in higher esteem, they should probably consider just how often they miss they basic points of the matters before them. It’s those larger, missed points that become ...

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Is your mission statement just hot air?

Can you recite your mission statement? Come on. You’ve seen it a hundred times, maybe a thousand times. It’s some drivel about being No. 1, exceeding expectations and building shareholder value that contains other nonsensical words that mean nothing to ...

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Borrowing from Peter to pay Peter

Dear Mr. Berko: About five years ago, you guest-lectured to an economic class in Columbus with a fascinating explanation of why the rich must become richer to guarantee economic activity. I lost my notes, and now I’m hoping against hope ...

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Protecting Republican successes down east

RALEIGH — Recent Republican successes in eastern North Carolina may not be such a good thing for long-term Republican success elsewhere across the state. That statement makes sense only when you consider the consequences of that success on proposed new ...

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Congressional maps go on parade (access required)

RALEIGH — It seems that the spoils are now well within sight for the victors. The biggest spoil from the 2010 elections in North Carolina was the ability to redraw legislative and congressional districts. The victors, of course, were the ...

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