Family

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    Dismantling Barriers To Economic Mobility in North Carolina

    Locke report identifies pathway to equal justice and opportunity RALEIGH — For every North Carolinian to thrive, we must clear the pathway blocked by entrenched and historic impediments that narrow opportunity and hinder the escape from poverty. A new John Locke Foundation report from researcher Joseph Coletti urges state…
    Donna Martinez, May 7, 2021
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    If there’s a gas shortage this summer, this is why

    I’m from a truck-driving family. My dad worked in the fields harvesting crops for many years, but he was finally able to move up to driving a delivery truck and unloading groceries at every stop. For a time there were no mechanized palettes; it was all done by hand and…
    Donna Martinez, April 30, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dallas Woodhouse reports for Carolina Journal Online on Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s decision not to run for U.S. Senate in 2022. The Daily Journal explains how child tax deduction changes in the N.C. Senate’s tax plan would benefit lower-income families most.
    Mitch Kokai, April 20, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about families’ long-time student learning challenges tied to COVID-19 school closures. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion urges lawmakers to move forward with a plan exempting military retirement pay from state income tax.
    Mitch Kokai, April 15, 2021
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    Career focus contributes to population problems

    Joy Pullmann of the Federalist highlights a new report that documents a disturbing demographic trend. The world’s richest countries typically have the world’s lowest birth rates. The highest-income people in those wealthy countries on average have the smallest family sizes. Those two facts conflict with the broad perception,…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2021
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    Do 20% of children go hungry?

    I was in middle school before I realized that my family was poor — what we today call the ‘working poor.’ My dad was a truck driver with an eighth-grade education, and my mom a housewife who stayed home to raise four kids. At one point she sold Avon to…
    Donna Martinez, February 12, 2021
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    Low fertility has long-term consequences

    Lyman Stone of the American Enterprise Institute explores consequences of today’s low American fertility rate. Fertility rates have fallen around the world over the last decade—even in countries with generous social welfare states, which experts had long expected to be holdouts in the face of fertility declines. But…
    Mitch Kokai, February 8, 2021
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    1 way to help our friends with mental health or substance abuse issues

    So many families are dealing with it. Someone close to you is troubled to the point that you’re worried about their future. Or your heart aches as you watch a friend spin out of control because of drug addiction. These problems are so widespread that it can appear hopeless. But…
    Donna Martinez, January 27, 2021