‘Best Of Harnett’ Generating Excitement

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With well over 60,000 votes so far, The Daily Record’s Best of Harnett Reader’s Choice contest is generating a lot of excitement.

Voting moved online this year, and people can vote once per day. Those who are passionate about seeing their favorite people and businesses win are voting multiple times.

You can still vote until the end of this month. And we’ll publish a special edition announcing the winners this summer.

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Most days, being a newspaper publisher is a pretty good gig. Then there are days you want to crawl under a rock.

Such was the case last Friday when a reader sent me an email saying, “I am confused. Who is Frank Holding?”

Ugh! I instantly knew what I had done. Having known and admired Frank Holding Sr. of First Citizens Bank fame for years, I had a huge brain hiccup and typed “Frank” instead of “George” in my column about our new congressman, who is also a member of the same Holding family.

My apologies to Rep. George Holding. We look forward to your future visits to Harnett County. And next time, I promise, I’ll get your name right.

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Over the years this column has addressed the problem of conservatives being shouted down and uninvited from speaking on college campuses.

The point is to encourage students and parents to thoroughly vet an institution before committing four years and tens of thousands of dollars to it.

The goal of a college degree is education, not indoctrination. But some professors and administrators don’t know the difference.

We have the excellent Campbell University in our community, so it’s easy to be naïve about so many other schools, which diligently “protect” their students from hearing any opinions that challenge the approved politically correct beliefs.

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columnist Walter Williams appropriately pointed out this week: “As for the term ‘institutions of higher learning,’ we might start asking: Higher than what?”

He goes on to explain that, “Today’s academic climate might be described as a mixture of infantilism, kindergarten and totalitarianism. … The infantilism should not be tolerated, but more important for the future of our nation are the totalitarianism and the hate-America lessons being taught at many of the nation’s colleges. For example, led by its student government leader, the University of California, Irvine’s student body voted for a motion, which the faculty approved, directing that the American flag not be on display because it makes some students uncomfortable and creates an unsafe, hostile environment. The flag is a symbol of hate speech, according to the student government leader. He said that the U.S. flag is just as offensive as Nazi and Islamic State flags and that the U.S. is the world’s most evil nation.”

As he called it, this is “lunacy.”

So it was good to find some positive news about the state of free speech at a couple of other North Carolina schools.

North Carolina Central University in Durham has earned a “green light” rating “for its commitment to the First Amendment” from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a watchdog group promoting free speech on college campuses.

“… NCCU revised and eliminated speech codes to join an elite group of universities that maintain policies respecting the expressive rights of students and faculty,” the group announced.

“Thanks to the NCCU administration’s dedication, the First Amendment rights of almost 9,000 students and faculty members have been restored,” said Azhar Majeed, FIRE’s vice president of policy reform.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro also won the “green light” rating this month after it revised school policies.

This is good news. But even schools with good policies can be strongly dominated by professors and administrators who promote their ideology.

So shopping for a college is not much different than shopping for other goods or services. One should carefully research a school before making a commitment. In other words: Let the buyer beware.

Contact Bart Adams at (910) 230-2001 or badams@mydailyrecord.com.

BART ADAMS

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