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Three "Southern" Presidents and the SouthThree "Southern" Presidents and the South
[Oct. 31, 2005] The recent death of Rosa Parks has us thinking again about 20th Century transformation our region from “backwater” to a “New South” of opportunity and growth. Without the Civil Rights Revolution and the overturning the South’s systems of racial segregation and inequality, there would be no “New South.” By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Asia's SwitzerlandAsia's Switzerland
[Oct. 24, 2005] “Well, if North Carolinians don’t know anything about our country, what could you tell them that would make them remember us?” As I ended a week in this Southeast Asian country, almost exactly halfway around the world from North Carolina, my new Malaysian friends and I had found that we knew little about each other. Our “brand names,” “Malaysia” and “North Carolina,” just did not register with each other. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Connecting North Carolina to the other side of the worldConnecting North Carolina to the other side of the world
[Oct. 17, 2005] “What do people in your country think of Malaysia?” I have been asked this question a hundred times in Malaysia by people who are anxious for Americans to know that this small country (about 23 million people) has pulled itself up by the bootstraps to become the U.S.’s 10th largest world trading partner. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Erskine Bowles' uncommon qualityErskine Bowles' uncommon quality
[Oct. 3, 2005] It’s Erskine Bowles. This name is the answer to the question the University of North Carolina Board of Governors asked itself: Who is the “uncommon individual who can provide extraordinary vision and leadership for the University as it meets the growing demands of the State and the nation for the Twenty-first Century?” By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Two party politics and the loss of political courageTwo party politics and the loss of political courage
[Sep. 26, 2005] Has the emergence of strong two-party politics robbed North Carolina of the wellspring of political courage that set the state apart in the 20th century? Retired director of the Institute of Government John Sanders got me thinking about this question the other day. Sanders said that he was worried that partisan politics might keep today’s North Carolina government from taking the kind of bold, progressive actions that pushed the state ahead during the last century. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Jesse Helms' new memoir: What can Democrats learn from it?Jesse Helms' new memoir: What can Democrats learn from it?
[Sep. 19, 2005] Almost 30 years ago I was eating breakfast in a Charlotte hotel with a group of lawyers, all Democrats. One of our breakfast group suddenly whispered that Senator Jesse Helms had entered the dining room. I tried to look up to get a glance, without gawking. But the senator was walking directly towards our table. We stood. He shook our hands and told us that he thought he was supposed to join us for breakfast. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Ten upcoming new programs on North Carolina BookwatchTen upcoming new programs on North Carolina Bookwatch
[Sep. 13, 2005] Last spring I introduced the first 10 programs in UNC-TV’s current North Carolina Bookwatch season. Those programs have aired. So, will you give me a minute to tell you about the North Carolina books and authors the program will feature during the next few months on Sundays at 5 pm? By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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My last lottery column?My last lottery column?
[Sep. 6, 2005] Now that it is finally done, who are the winners and losers in the lottery fight? The biggest winner might be you, if you are a regular reader of my column. My opposition to a state-run lottery has been so strong that you have had to endure lots of columns filled with my passion about the topic. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
At the end of the session, some "like it the best"At the end of the session, some "like it the best"
[Aug. 15, 2005] “It is the same show, but they always make the ending a little bit different—just to make it interesting,” is what the folks who watch the North Carolina General Assembly are saying this week. After finally pushing through a compromise budget agreement last week, many important legislative leaders have left town to attend a national legislative conference. They left their colleagues to hold “skeleton” sessions until they return next week to wrap up this year’s legislative session. Hopefully. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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What I believe and what I believe should be taughtWhat I believe and what I believe should be taught
[Aug. 8, 2005] What do I believe? If there is one thing that I believe with certainty and cannot ever remember seriously doubting, it is what has recently come to be called “Intelligent Design.” I believe that this world, this universe, and everything in it was created by and is watched over by an “Intelligent Designer,” known to me as God. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
How legislatures work - a lesson from congressman HayesHow legislatures work - a lesson from congressman Hayes
[Aug. 1, 2005] How has Congressman Robin Hayes helped us to understand what will be going on in the North Carolina General Assembly during the next few weeks?
Last week the U.S. House narrowly passed the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). CAFTA will liberalize trade with six small Caribbean and Central American countries. Because it opens the door to more textile imports, many representatives of North Carolina textile manufacturers and workers opposed the legislation. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
More about North Carolina and the ScotsMore about North Carolina and the Scots
[Jul. 23, 2005] What is it about Scotland that so intrigues so many North Carolinians? I had to ask myself that question after I got so many responses to a recent column about the “Scotch Irish” and the “Savage South.” By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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The "Scotch-Irish" and the "Savage South"The "Scotch-Irish" and the "Savage South"
[Jul. 18, 2005] “The Savage South” is an image that UNC-Chapel Hill professor Fred Hobson thinks and writes about. Recently, he tried to explain to me why, over the years from colonial times until today, so many observers characterize our region as being more violent, more savage, than other parts of the United States. People have given many reasons to explain our region’s image. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Searching for good books to teach us about our stateSearching for good books to teach us about our state
[Jul. 11, 2005] I am always looking for books to tell me more about North Carolina. Because my friends know I am looking, they are always asking me what I have found that is good. They know one kind of book that I like most is the “World Almanac” type, with a lot of facts crammed into a small area. We need a North Carolina Almanac, and I like to report when I find a book about North Carolina that is “close.” By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
Also: Our State Magazine
 
Rashad McCants, the state budget, and "Moonlight" GrahamRashad McCants, the state budget, and "Moonlight" Graham
[Jul. 4, 2005] Last week, UNC-Chapel Hill’s basketball player Rahsad McCants began his professional career as a draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves. By coincidence, at the same time, North Carolina and Minnesota were coming together in a couple of other news stories By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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