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Barlow's Beat

Barlow Herget is a commentator and host on SGR Today. He has been a commentator on UNC public radio and an instructor in continuing education at Duke University. Herget was a Nieman Fellow ('70) at Harvard University, has worked for the Daily Press of Paragould, Ark., the Detroit Free Press, and the News & Observer of Raleigh. His articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and numerous other publications. Have something to say to Barlow? Contact him by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  



Make it work PDF Print E-mail
Barlow's Beat
By Barlow Herget   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00

Barlow Herget says the bad start for Obamacare deserves criticism, but now it's time to make the system work because it's better than what we had.  Plus, the critics offer no alternative.

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And American thanks PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

Thanksgiving is America's own holiday, free of gift-giving and guilt, and Barlow Herget says there's never too many times to give thanks.

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Self-inflicted slow-down PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Barlow Herget agrees with Economist Paul Krugman that Washington obstruction has caused a slower recovery and threatens future economic gains.   This misery is self-inflicted and will put the country into a permanent high-unemployment economy. 

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Skimming cream PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 15:24

Barlow Herget says recent school test scores show the link between poverty and good performance and how charter schools are skimming good students from traditional public school systems.

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Guns and kids PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:56

Barlow Herget knows that no legislators today will stand up to the NRA, but the New York Times has found that current data is on children killed by guns is undercounted.  It is useful information, says Herget, when the country comes to its senses and puts some common sense controls on handguns and assault weapons.

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No excuse PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Barlow Herget says President Obama must hold someone accountable for the stumbling start to Obamacare, especially since those responsible had two years to prepare and had assured the public it would be "easy" to sign up via the Internet.

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Worth a look PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:10

New technology aids state parole and probation officials in weighing chances a probationer or parolee will return to prison for violations or more crimes.  Barlow Herget says North Carolina should try the technology here.

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