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"Animal Colony" is an excellent book to help discredit socialism to young readers and to introduce them to proper notions of freedom.
Suppose two unknown men are standing in front of us. One has the physique of LeBron James-six foot, eight inches tall, with 260 pounds of rippling muscle-while the other looks like a young Woody Allen-five foot, five inches tall, with narrow shoulders and Coke bottle-thick eyeglasses. We then...
For the last decade I have taught entrepreneurship to literally tens of thousands of students in big classes, small seminars, and on the Internet in a massively open online course (MOOC). The sheer diversity of these students - their abilities, their backgrounds, their personal traits, and their...
Sometimes the publisher does not have enough time in the day to do all that needs to be done.
Somehow, I do not think he is taking my post seriously.
Gene weighs in on the slanted views of some publications.
The Supreme Court will have to clarify the implications of its Obergefell v. Hodges ruling with respect to the First Amendment
Cooper Didn't Sign A Letter From 16 Bipartisan State Attorneys General To The EPA Requesting a Suspension Of The New Rules
In a campaign email last week, Attorney General Roy Cooper made it clear he wants to engage in a public debate about policy. But while the attorney general and Democrat candidate for governor made his support for Obamacare clear.
In his quest to restore the broken Democrat state machine in Raleigh, Roy Cooper continues to hope North Carolinians forget his record and history.
After the Obama administration issued overreaching EPA rules and regulations which could cause electricity costs to rise and hurt families across North Carolina, Governor McCrory announced he would sue the federal government to stop the rules.

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Government

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 371 which will allow designated members of the National Guard to carry concealed weapons in public facilities such as recruiting centers and armories.

"We must fulfill our obligation to protect those who protect us," Governor McCrory said. "This law will give the National Guard the tools they need to keep themselves, and the public, safe."

The law is in response to Governor McCrory's call for more protection for Guard personnel in the aftermath of the Chattanooga shootings in July. During that rampage, a lone gunman shot and killed four unarmed U.S. Marines and one Navy sailor during attacks on a recruiting office and a Naval Operations Support Center.

The day after the Chattanooga shooting, Governor McCrory instructed Adjutant General Gregory A. Lusk to station military police at some of the most public Nati... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory announced the final roadblocks were cleared Friday allowing the N.C. Department of Transportation to proceed with construction of a new Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County.

Completing the terms of a settlement agreement reached in June, environmental groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center have dropped all remaining lawsuits that prevented NCDOT from replacing the 52-year-old Bonner Bridge with a new bridge parallel to the existing one.
The Herbert C. Bonner Bridge: Above. photo by Stan Deatherage appears courtesy of the Across North Carolina series Click image to expand.
"This marks another historic milestone in finally replacing the critical lifeline bridge for residents and visitors of the Outer Banks and supporting our continued efforts to connect North Carolina," said... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The John William Pope Center for Education Policy provides a treasure trove of information suggesting the better path forward in regards to North Carolina's number one issue — public education. Public education, at all levels, requires a significant amount of funding from our state government, and all one hundred North Carolina counties, so it is essential that leaders effecting education policy get it right, and know that concerned entities, like the John William Pope Center, will be minding their progress to do so. We welcome the John William Pope Center for Education Policy to our growing readership, and expect our readers to learn all they can to do their part in this wise endeavor to better educate our People.

The author of this post is James V. Koch.

Are Entrepreneurs Born Or Made? (Part II) can be found here.

Editor's note: For a long time, academ... (read more)
Publisher's note: The John William Pope Center for Education Policy provides a treasure trove of information suggesting the better path forward in regards to North Carolina's number one issue — public education. Public education, at all levels, requires a significant amount of funding from our state government, and all one hundred North Carolina counties, so it is essential that leaders effecting education policy get it right, and know that concerned entities, like the John William Pope Center, will be minding their progress to do so. We welcome the John William Pope Center for Education Policy to our growing readership, and expect our readers to learn all they can to do their part in this wise endeavor to better educate our People.

The author of this post is Buck Goldstein.

Are Entrepreneurs Born Or Made? (Part I) can be found here.

Editor's note: For a long time, acad... (read more)

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Community

News Release:

Sheriff Ernie Coleman and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is proud to partner with Kingdom Builders. Kingdom Builders is a local street ministry that has been handing out sleeping bags to people in need for the past year. A total of 20 sleeping bags have been given out since the program started.

Most of the effort has been in and around Washington but Kingdom Builders would like to reach more of Beaufort County. Dr. Frank Sheldon, representing Kingdom Builders met with Sheriff Ernie Coleman and Chief Deputy Charlie Rose. During the meeting it was decided that Kingdom Builders would provide sleeping bags to the Sheriff's Office. Patrol Deputies will keep a sleeping bag in their patrol vehicle and will give the sleeping bags to those that are in need, whether they are homeless or because of other circumstances. The sleeping bags will be replaced once given ou... (read more)

Business

Some blame it on the sever Winter in the Northeast, but much of the United states had a very temperate winter.

The United States economy expanded at .2% for the first quarter, 2015, which is better than zero expansion in GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which is better than negative expansion, but not an economy that anyone should be proud of; certainly not the Obama Administration. With the Obama foreign policy in tatters since his 2009 Apology Tour, the Obama administration has long pointed to its major successes of government managed health care, ObamaCare, and income redistribution, and an improving economy propped by the Federal Reserve and massive government spending. Now it appears, at first blush, that the American economy could have a tough year in 2015.

The United States economy grew at a rate of 2.4 percent for all of 2014, which is virtually the base rate to stay at even, a... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: The author of this post, Amy Adams Ellis, is a contributor to ECU News Services.

White Coat Ceremony kicks off medical education for 80 new students
Brody School of MedicineClass of 2019
All 80 students are North Carolina residents. They were selected from 982 applicants and represent 25 counties of residence, from Buncombe in the west to Perquimans in the east, and 22 different undergraduate institutions.The class is 51 percent male and 49 percent female.Ages range from 19 to 37, with the average being 24.Thirty-one percent (25 students) are non-Caucasian.The class boasts an average undergraduate 3.6 GPA. And while 29 students majored in biology, there are also business, religion, history and foreign language students in the class of 2019. Fourteen students completed graduate coursework, and they averaged a 3.9 GPA.Thirteen students in the class of 2019 are children... (read more)

The Arts

At the dawn of a killer colonial winter, starving and desperate to live, a brave band of animals escape the tyranny of their human masters. Led by a visionary stallion, they brave miles of wilderness and a treacherous river crossing to start a homeland of their own - Animal Colony. There, they find freedom and prosperity...for a while. But a strange new belief system invades Animal Colony. Some will recognize it as socialism. Others will recognize it as our current day entitlement mentality.

As this disastrous mentality takes hold among the animals, the humble beasts who established and organized the animal utopia must then learn to tell truth from enticing lie, or risk losing everything for which they've fought and bled.

Over fifty years ago, George Orwell wrote a powerful story - ANIMAL FARM - of animals on a farm to almost single-handedly discredit Soviet Communism for an entire ... (read more)
Sometimes the publisher does not have enough time in the day to do all that needs to be done.

I know this because this old man has a tendency to wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea that must written in outline form before the brilliance is flushed down the drain. It is then when I get a chance to review my post and make self-critiques over what I should have said.

Invariably, I will see that the publisher is in the process of publishing the important stuff of BCN by the time stamp of the publication. Occasionally, I will send him a private message, which he responds to quickly. I know that his email box is often overflowing with more important matters of business so I try to keep the chatter down to a minimum (somewhere between 300 and 400 words) in Emails.

One of the things I miss most since retiring is the deadlines and multiple projects in process at an... (read more)

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Living

This is the twelfth of a new series of images from across North Carolina from my travels, and from the long intervals that I have spent with my camera making a record of where I have been. The idea of these photos emerged from a process that I recently began on my Facebook personal page, where I uploaded random photos, all from North Carolina only, and I have stored for a future possible rotation. Upon looking at the random images, I thought, this could work for BCN in multiple, one page formats, where I cut the images to 1280 pixels wide, arrayed in a wide viewed 'fancybox' series, where there is a title of explanation, and maybe a bit more, but mainly, the photo should speak rather than my words. In fact, I plan to put my words on hold for a bit here, which will be to the fine relief of a great many.

Each series will be random and varied; however, most will center from here in eas... (read more)

Announcements

Mrs. Gloria S. Sawyer, age 63, a resident of 6863 Free Union Church Road, Pinetown, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at her home.

Arrangements will be announced by Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven.... (read more)

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