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Ask not for whom they apologizeAsk not for whom they apologize
[Apr. 9, 2007] Which of our mistakes will future generations have to apologize for? This question haunts me. It came back again last week when both houses of our General Assembly considered legislation to “express regret” for the institution of slavery. By D. G. Martin
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North Carolina politics and understanding JudasNorth Carolina politics and understanding Judas
[Apr. 3, 2007] Why did I do it? The question always comes up during this Easter week. Every year I try to put together an answer that might make people understand that I was something different from a simple traitor or an agent of evil. By D. G. Martin
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Embrace public education - How Republicans can win in North CarolinaEmbrace public education - How Republicans can win in North Carolina
[Mar. 28, 2007] Why, somebody asked me last week, don’t Republicans get more support from the public on education issues? Democrats, he continued, have been running public education, and they have ruined it by selling out to the education bureaucracy. By D. G. Martin
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North Carolina Lawyers - Learning from a long-dead RussianNorth Carolina Lawyers - Learning from a long-dead Russian
[Mar. 20, 2007] "It occurred to him that what had seemed utterly impossible before-- that he had not lived the kind of life he should have--might in fact be true." I spent part of last week with a small group of respected North Carolina lawyers who took a long time pondering those words. The passage came from the Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilyich.” Although Tolstoy wrote this short novel more than 100 years ago, the plight of its main character, Ivan Ilyich, found a sympathetic audience in the North Carolina lawyers. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Watch out Democrats - Another candidate from HollywoodWatch out Democrats - Another candidate from Hollywood
[Mar. 12, 2007] Last Sunday was a bad day for Democrats, and they hardly noticed. Why? Democrats avoid Fox News. (Hard core Democrats don’t even like for their candidates to debate on that network.) So they missed the “bad news” in former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson’s Sunday morning interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace. Thompson told Fox that he is considering a run for the presidency. He did not make a formal announcement, but I am betting that he is going to be the answer to the Republicans’ dilemma. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Turning on the water faucet — and worryingTurning on the water faucet — and worrying
[Mar. 5, 2007] We’ve got plenty of water in North Carolina, so why worry so much about it? But people are worried. They are worried even though North Carolina is more richly blessed with natural water resources than almost every other state. More folks are worried because water is at the heart of so much of what makes the good life in our state possible. If the abundant supply of pure drinking water is at risk, our good life is threatened. By D. G. Martin
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Black history for whites - Part 2Black history for whites - Part 2
[Feb. 19, 2007] “That bus ride kept me going, I think. Maybe it still does.” This line is at the heart of a current New York Times best seller, one that ought to be required reading for people of every color who are wrestling with the question of what it means to be black in today’s America. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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A loving good-bye to our inner islandsA loving good-bye to our inner islands
[Jan. 28, 2007] What is it about islands that intrigues us? “No man is an island,” wrote John Donne, “entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Wake up, there is a dead cow in the road!Wake up, there is a dead cow in the road!
[Nov. 20, 2006] Sometimes the joy of winning an election melts quickly away in the sunshine of responsibility. One of North Carolina’s greatest political leaders was R.D. McMillan, Jr. He served in the General Assembly and then for many years was the University of North Carolina’s liaison to the legislature. By D. G. Martin
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Why didn't we do more when we could?Why didn't we do more when we could?
[Nov. 1, 2006] What is America’s most important holiday? Here are a few hints. *Your workplace or school will not close for the day. *Most Americans will not observe it this year. *It is close at hand. In fact, it is next week, on Tuesday. Answer: Election Day. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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The term "tar baby" - a political tar babyThe term "tar baby" - a political tar baby
[Sep. 17, 2006] Say goodbye to the term “tar baby.” It is one of the richest, most vivid terms in our language, so useful to describe a “sticky situation” in which someone is trapped and finds that every effort to get out compounds the trouble. By D. G. Martin
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September 11: What do we say now? What did we say then?September 11: What do we say now? What did we say then?
[Sep. 4, 2006] What should we say to each other about September 11, 2001, now that five years have gone by since the awful day? In searching for an answer, I found the column I wrote back then. And I want to share it with you again. Here is what I wrote in September 2001: By D. G. Martin
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What can we do with all those video poker machines?What can we do with all those video poker machines?
[Jun. 13, 2006] Did I promise you that I wouldn’t write any more columns about the lottery? Maybe I did. I was upset last year after we lost the battle to keep North Carolina government out of the gambling business. So, maybe in my disappointment and anger, I did issue some kind of “Nixonesque” statement like, “You won’t have my anti-lottery columns to kick around anymore.” By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Watching the politicians and their non-profitsWatching the politicians and their non-profits
[Jun. 7, 2006] There is a new game in North Carolina politics. It could be called “My Non-Profit vs. Your Non-Profit.” Ambitious, attractive, but out-of-office, politicians are organizing non-profit groups. Each one is to push for some important policy goal and give the politician a platform to get attention. By D. G. Martin
Also: NC Book Watch
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Habitat after Millard Fuller - A North Carolinian's responseHabitat after Millard Fuller - A North Carolinian's response
[May 31, 2006] What has happened to Habitat for Humanity since the departure of its founder, Millard Fuller? Since its founding by Fuller in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 homes worldwide and engaged the efforts of hundreds of thousands of volunteers and new homeowners. By D. G. Martin
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