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Our View: The HB2 ‘fix’ that isn’t

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State legislators have painted themselves into a corner in the debate over the future of HB2, to the point that even a recently proposed bipartisan “compromise” bill to repeal the law won’t satisfy either critics or supporters of placing bathroom restrictions on transgender people. HB2, the law that mandates that…

Let’s foster more new businesses

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist In today’s highly polarized climate, can we get our politicians to agree anything? Well, I can think of at least one proposition that attracts nearly universal assent: small business is the backbone of a thriving, broad-based economy. I agree with it, myself, with some caveats. First,…

A “new” barbecue holiday from 1766

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist How about a new holiday that would support North Carolina’s “First in Freedom” slogan and, at the same time, call attention to our pride in our distinctive favorite food: barbecue? Got your attention? The Campaign for Real Barbecue, an organization led by barbecue gurus John Shelton…

Some in the Trump administration have Tar Heel ties

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Linda McMahon, an Eastern North Carolina native who rose to become a professional wrestling magnate, became the first Tar Heel to officially join the Trump administration this week. She was easily confirmed by the Senate as administrator of the Small Business Administration. It seems likely that…

Criminal Charges — 2-24-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Joshua Dominque Parker, 24, of 4473 Highway 73 in Iron Station was charged on Feb. 17 with one count each of possession of control substance schedule I, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony breaking and entering building, felony larceny, and safecracking. A…

Around Town — 2-24-17

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FRIDAY Senior Games The Lincoln County Senior Games registration will continue through Mar. 3. Registration is only $10 and includes t-shirt and all events except golf and bowling which have an additional fee. For more information on how to receive a registration packet call Drew at (704) 748-1518. BBQ The…

Obituaries — 2-24-17

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Floyd Deaton Cloninger STANLEY — Floyd Deaton Cloninger, 76, passed away on February 22, 2017. He was born January 7, 1941 in Stanley, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Oscar D. Cloninger, Sr. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers Grady, Ray, and Fred…

Purging the marriage penalty

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist A Valentine’s Day present from the federal government? It could happen. No, I’m not talking about flowers or candy. I’m talking about getting rid of the “marriage penalty” that’s built into one of our biggest welfare programs. That program is the Earned Income Tax Credit. The…

Will Trump remember Washington on Presidents’ Day?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Will President Donald Trump remember George Washington when we celebrate Presidents’ Day next week? Here is some help for him with thoughts from a column I wrote earlier. When I was growing up, February 22, Washington’s Birthday, was a major holiday. Its replacement, Presidents’ Day, just…

Locking in the future

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Legislative Republicans are acting as though their days are numbered. Having remade the state’s fiscal structure in their own likeness, Republicans are now looking to lock in their personal income tax rates with a constitutional amendment and their flush savings reserve, a.k.a. “The Rainy Day…

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