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    Teleportation? Quantum computers? Beryllium ions?

    Some goofy Hollywood sci-fi script? Nope, research that could yield real-world applications in a couple years. But if Scotty doesn’t zap it first with a glowing screwdriver, I ain’t touching it.
    Locker Room contributor, July 15, 2004
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    It’s all about the….

    The News & Observer of Raleigh goes the extra mile in crunching the numbers of Republican gubernatorial candidates and their budgetary promises. We can only hope that pointing out the price of promises will become a trend that will carry over to Democratic candidates and officials this election season.
    Locker Room contributor, July 15, 2004
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    Prepare for teacher pay prattle

    Another national ranking of average teacher pay is out, again showing North Carolina below the national average. At least education reporter Bruce Buchanan puts the finding in some context in the Greensboro daily by pointing out that North Carolina’s ranking, 23rd, is still way up from that evident in…
    Locker Room contributor, July 15, 2004
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    We must be doing something interesting

    If anyone has any really good ideas for education articles they’d like to see in the N&O, please let me know so that we can continue to post lead-in articles for their education stories (see also ?Ninth Grade Key to Attrition,? March 18, 2004, N&O). on our…
    Locker Room contributor, July 15, 2004
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    A more realistic picture of the presidential race

    As I suspected would happen, the Gallup poll earlier this week that showed Bush-Cheney ahead of Kerry-Edwards by 15 points in North Carolina was not treated with much respect by either party within the state. Democrats had no reason to play up a distressing result for them, while Republicans were…
    Locker Room contributor, July 15, 2004
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    More Damaging Details About the United Nations

    For those who still cling to the notion that the United Nations is a visionary, high-minded organization that represents the best hope for the world, think again. No, I’m not talking about the Oil for Food scandal. That’s hideous enough, as is the U.N.’s all talk, no action approach.
    Locker Room contributor, July 15, 2004
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    Raising the Issue: On the ?Two Americas? and Finding a Balance

    How dare you go and starting talking about striking a balance between Darwinian economic anarchy and smothering socialism! Why can?t you just pick a side? Didn?t you know that extremism in the defense of liberty is not a vice, and moderation in the pursuit of virtue is not a virtue?…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    Raising the Issue: Finding the Right Balance

    This will be my final word for today ? maybe we can revisit this topic. My point in raising the issue of the inherited wealth was not to imply that the vast economic divide in America is simply a matter of the idle rich vs. the rest of us. Obviously,…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004