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    Barring the door

    The door to the practice of law, that is. I have for many years been a critic of the cartel practices of the legal profession, including the necessity of passing a “bar exam” before being allowed to legally practice law in a state. In this article you can…
    Locker Room contributor, June 24, 2004
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    Greater love hath no man

    The beginning of a story today about a local hero: To his friends, Kent Sandefur lived his life a hero, and last week died one. They say he was forever helping out. If a family needed a hand building a swing set, Sandefur of York, S.C., was there banging…
    Locker Room contributor, June 24, 2004
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    Quit making fun of the president?s memory

    Are there ?missing women? in Bill Clinton?s new autobiography? This seems like an unfair question. The average person can only remember so many names.
    Locker Room contributor, June 24, 2004
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    Amazing charity, from half a world away

    Words fail me to describe the outpouring of love and charity from everyone associated with the American Belarussian Relief Organization, which includes doctors, churches and individuals across central Carolina. But I’ll try anyway. The Fayetteville Observer wrote about it today: In 1986, a cloud of radiation from the Chernobyl…
    Locker Room contributor, June 23, 2004
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    How al-Sadr got routed

    Triangle-area folks who came to the John Locke Foundation Headliner luncheon last week to hear from Washington Times defense reporter Rowan Scarborough, author of the new book Rumsfeld’s War, will likely find his latest dispatch in the Times to be of interest. It describes the 1st Armored Division’s strategy…
    Locker Room contributor, June 23, 2004
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    Raising the Issue: Teacher Pay, Class Size, Rural v. Urban, and ?Choice?

    Okay, now let me get this straight. Your point on teacher pay is that we need more excellent math and science teachers and need to pay more in order to attract and retain them. I?ll buy that. You also argue that bad teachers are badly overpaid. I take it that…
    Locker Room contributor, June 23, 2004
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    Raising the Issue: Deciding what?s relevant to the school-finance debate

    Rob, I just cannot agree that the issue of Leandro?s legal requirements for school funding is irrelevant. It is certainly not beside the point that the ?poor? school districts in North Carolina now have as much funding, adjusting for inflation and enrollment, as the ?wealthy? districts did when the school-finance…
    Locker Room contributor, June 23, 2004
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    Raising the Issue: Constitution Requires Adequate, Not Necessarily Equal Education Funding

    John- This will be a two-part response. First, the issues that you raise in your initial comments – of whether or not our state Constitution requires higher funding on schools (or equal funding amongst schools) – are largely beside the point. What the state Supreme Court decided in Leandro…
    Locker Room contributor, June 23, 2004