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    Dog licenses/permits disincentivize rabies vaccinations

    My husband and I added the sweetest little guy to our family this week. He is a golden retriever puppy named Parker (see above). When we were going over the expenses we needed to pay (The AKC fees, the pet deposit for the apartment we live in, etc.), my husband…
    Brenee Goforth, September 10, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Feature

    John Hood’s Carolina Journal Opinion documents families’ turn toward suburban life.
    Mitch Kokai, August 30, 2021
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    WRAL features heartwarming story of 5-year-old boy who feeds homeless for birthday

    Jeremiah Smith said he didn’t want toys for his birthday. Rather, the five-year-old Durham boy said he wanted to feed the homeless. More from WRAL:  Jeremiah and his family received their own surprise while handing out food – a Durham police officer stopped by. The birthday…
    Ray Nothstine, August 2, 2021
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    ‘Get Busy Living’: Bladen Journal Takes the Dufresne Refrain to Covid

    Editor Alan Wooten has better thoughts: "We’re in the middle of the summer we couldn’t have last year, with outings and festivities back in place. We’re meeting and greeting, most of us are back in our houses of worship, and we’re returning to some normalcy. … [W]e’re shaking hands, giving hugs and not worrying about the line. We respect the pandemic, and it is not over. But fear? Yes, we’re leaving that behind."
    Jon Sanders, July 8, 2021
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    The Power of Parents: 2 Things I Learned People-Watching At The Airport

    When you analyze public policy and news for a living, it’s easy to think the best way to track human behavior and cultural trends is to dive into what others write and say. There’s no doubt that’s instructive, particularly when you work, as I do, with the smart team…
    Donna Martinez, June 28, 2021
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    Dads, Kids, and Capitalism

    If you read conservative culture commentary with any regularity, you’ll frequently come across an article or two highlighting the critical importance of fathers in the lives of their children. The research continues to confirm that a child’s success is greatly impacted by whether they grow up in a [stable] two-parent…
    Brooke Medina, June 21, 2021
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    Good News About Families

    In “Growing Up With Mom and Dad: New Data Confirm The Tide Is Turning,” the Institute for Family Studies reports that the percent of children living with two parents has increased in recent years, especially among African Americans. The author, Nicholas Zill says: It is too early…
    Jon Guze, June 18, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Donna King reports for Carolina Journal Online about the N.C. Senate vote to ban abortions based on race, gender, or Down syndrome. Ben Goodman’s opinion article asks whether we’ll see a “second coming” of former President Donald Trump.
    Mitch Kokai, June 11, 2021