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New money in the State's coffer this year? Not for you.New money in the State's coffer this year? Not for you.
[Feb. 13, 2006] For those folks hoping that the North Carolina General Assembly will appropriate money for their favorite causes this year, there is some good news and some bad news. By the way, folks hoping for a legislative appropriation this year have lots of company. State employees and teachers are demanding the significant raises that have been impossible during the last few years. Other proposals for funding the growing needs of education at all levels were postponed during the last few tough budget years. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
A new factor in North Carolina politics - the new RepublicansA new factor in North Carolina politics - the new Republicans
[Feb. 6, 2006] Change is the only constant in North Carolina politics, says NC Free Executive Director John Davis. The state is becoming more and more Republican, he says, due in large part to the immigration of people from other regions. At the same time, he observes that North Carolina is becoming more liberal. These new North Carolinians, while Republican, are generally not as conservative as most native North Carolinians, including many Democrats. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
The nation's health care crisis - just treating its symptonsThe nation's health care crisis - just treating its symptons
[Jan. 30, 2006] Let’s give President Bush credit for turning attention to the nation’s health care problems in his State of the Union address—even if you do not agree with his proposals. President Bush believes that the best way to control costs is to push responsibility down to the health care consumer. If patients pay for their medical care, they will look for reasonably priced choices. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
North Carolina writing - A bedrock of African American literatureNorth Carolina writing - A bedrock of African American literature
[Jan. 23, 2006] Is North Carolina something special in the realm of literature? I have been asking myself that question these past few weeks. I think it is. Every Sunday on UNC-TV I interview North Carolina authors about their recent books. And you could never convince me that these folks are not something very special. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
William Dees and other vets who became heroes back homeWilliam Dees and other vets who became heroes back home
[Jan. 16, 2006] Last week many of the state’s insiders were focused on the University of North Carolina. On Friday, Erskine Bowles, the new president of the university, made his first report to the university’s governing board. His outline of the challenges facing the university and the state showed the high level of his understanding of the state and the difficult tasks facing North Carolina. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Hard nose business advice for President BushHard nose business advice for President Bush
[Jan. 2, 2006] “Okay, we’ve got ourselves into more than we bargained for. It’s draining our resources and keeping us from realizing our potential in other areas. So, what do we do now?” Could these be President Bush’s New Year’s ponderings? Probably not. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
The hard task of being a cheerful receiverThe hard task of being a cheerful receiver
[Dec. 27, 2005] What are you going to do with it? You know what I am talking about, don't you? It is that Christmas present, the one you got from your good friend. The one that just isn't anything close to what you wanted. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
North Carolina's most notable book of 2005North Carolina's most notable book of 2005
[Dec. 26, 2005] Only one book with a strong North Carolina connection earned a place in the recent New York Times list of this year’s 100 notable books. If you had to guess which one, you might mention one of the four books written by North Carolina connected authors whose books are in the top six of this week’s New York Times fiction best seller list (Nicholas Sparks, Patricia Cornwell, Jan Karon, and Maya Angelou). But you would be wrong. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Winking at Santa - Is he real or just pretend?Winking at Santa - Is he real or just pretend?
[Dec. 19, 2005] Santa Claus was a terrifying puzzle for my daughter when she was three. She was afraid of the old man with a beard. She let us know that she did not want him to come close to her room when he came to deliver toys on Christmas Eve. Now our daughter’s daughter is three. Maggie has inherited her mother’s fear of Santa. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Who owns Christmas? Plus two more columnsWho owns Christmas? Plus two more columns
[Dec. 12, 2005] “Just one column, D.G. Please. One a week is about all our readers will put up with.” This is what my editors tell me when I have more than one column idea in mind, as I do this week. So, thanks to my tough-minded editors, you will just get a summary of the three columns I wanted to write. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
The 2006 elections - Watch out for the differencesThe 2006 elections - Watch out for the differences
[Dec. 5, 2005] What will be different about next year’s elections in North Carolina—as compared with 2002 and 2004? Let me count the ways. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
A new history of North CarolinaA new history of North Carolina
[Nov. 28, 2005] “The Tar Heel State: A History of North Carolina” by UNC-Asheville emeritus professor Milton Ready just hit the bookstores. Because Professor William Powell’s one-volume history of our state, “North Carolina Through Four Centuries,” published in 1989, is the “gold standard” of our state history books, Ready’s book will be measured against Powell’s work. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
North Carolina writers top New York Times' bestseller listNorth Carolina writers top New York Times' bestseller list
[Nov. 21, 2005] North Carolinians are proud of their literary heritage. Stop in any town in our state and local people will tell you about a favorite author who lived or worked nearby. In Asheville you can still get an earful about Thomas Wolfe and “Look Homeward Angel,” even though many of Wolfe’s contemporaries in Asheville had hoped that Wolfe never would come home again. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
D.G.'s mini-N.C. Almanac - updatedD.G.'s mini-N.C. Almanac - updated
[Nov. 14, 2005] Early November for me is always “almanac” time. “The World Almanac and Book of Facts” comes out right after Election Day each year, as do its competitors. In fact, this year, I am testing “The New York Time Almanac,” which claims to be “The Almanac of Record,” trying to build on the Time’s longstanding reputation at the nation’s newspaper of record. Later, I will be checking “The World Almanac” again, and will let you know which one is better at covering matters of concern to North Carolinians. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
A Christmas gift from one of North Carolina's greatest authorsA Christmas gift from one of North Carolina's greatest authors
[Nov. 7, 2005] “Is there a good ‘North Carolina book’ that I could give my friends for Christmas?”I start getting this question every year about this time. Because I host UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch program some people think I ought to be able to make such recommendations. But the more books I read, the more I learn that I will never know enough to be able to tell other people what they should give their friends for Christmas. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine

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