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Guest View— Fair elections

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The prospect of making North Carolina’s gerrymandered districts fair — and doing so in a timely manner — isn’t looking good. N.C. House and Senate Republicans have hired Beltway computer geek Tom Hofeller to draw maps. He’s being paid $50,000 in taxpayer money for what essentially is political consulting. Insiders…

The end of mobility

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – Rural Americans feel “trapped” in their communities, stuck in unfavorable financial situations but unable, for both practical and lifestyle reasons, to move to more economically vibrant areas — so says a fascinating article in the August 3 edition of The Wall Street Journal.…

Redistricting could boot out incumbents

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COLIN CAMPBELL Guest Columnist RALEIGH — The jury’s still out on whether court-ordered redistricting will reduce Republicans’ power in the legislature after the 2018 election, but it’s becoming clear that the new districts could force out some incumbents from both parties — including a few African-American lawmakers. The legislature’s Redistricting…

End of summer reads challenge our view of history

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Two recent books have pushed North Carolinians to deal with unpleasant episodes in our state’s history. In “The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s,” author Kenneth Janken asserts, “The case of the Wilmington Ten amounts to one of the…

Around Town— 8-18-17

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SATURDAY Open House Charity Christian School, located at 113 Charity Church Rd. in Lawndale will host an open house and orientation at 2 p.m. for grades K through 12th. For more information call (704) 419-4574. Dinner-Dance Gaston County Citizen’s Resource Center, located at 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway in Dallas will host a…

Criminal Charges— 8-18-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tasha Mai Lorenz, 35, of 2729 Banyon Ln. in Lincolnton was charged Aug. 15 with one count of failure to appear and probation violation. Roxanne Lee Gregory, 41, of 3650 Mosby Dr. in Greensboro was charged Aug. 15 with one count…

Obituaries— 8-18-17

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Hubert Bennett Mauney CROUSE— Hubert Bennett Mauney, 83, formerly of Pleasant Grove Church Rd., died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at The Brian Center Lincolnton. He was born on April 19, 1934 in Lincoln County to the late Grover and Lona Harvey Mauney. Mr. Mauney was a member of Crouse United…

Reader’s Forum

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Taking a stand against racism It is with heavy hearts that our nation watched as white nationalists groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the town council’s unanimous decision to remove confederate statues from the public square. This is the third time in as many months that Alt Right and…

Our View— Seeking unity in the face of divisiveness

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Several local pastors joined together on Tuesday to take a public stand against the racism and bigotry that still plagues this country, personified by recent demonstrations by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia that ended in violence, with a young woman dead at the hands of one of the Neo-Nazi cowards…

Taxes: Some cutting remarks

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Job number one for Congress, as I noted in a recent column, is repealing Obamacare. But cutting taxes is a close second. Of course, the whole system needs an overhaul. We want to unleash economic growth and prosperity. Tax cuts are a crucial first step toward…

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