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Guest View— GOP’s plans for the budget surplus

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North Carolina’s projected budget surplus now has grown to $580.5 million, up from $552.5 million. The news ought to encourage some great ideas and broader horizons from legislative leaders — more money for public education, perhaps a guarantee of more than one year for arts and music and physical education…

The high cost of E-Verify

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ALEX NOWRASTEH Guest Columnist Former House Ways and Means Committee staffer Joanne Butler wrote a recent piece calling for greater use of E-Verify to fight illegal immigration. Like other pieces advocating for the massive expansion of this government-run employment verification program, Butler’s presents a rosy view of E-Verify that is…

World War II transformed North Carolina

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What event in North Carolina’s modern history had the greatest impact in making our state what it is today? The creation of the Research Triangle Park? The development of a national banking and finance center in Charlotte? The Great Depression and Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal in…

Court fines and fees: Another barrier to North Carolina’s ballot box

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CRISTINA BECKER Guest Columnist How much money do you have to pay before you cast your ballot on Election Day? For most North Carolinians, the answer might seem obvious: none. As the cornerstone of our democracy, voting is supposed to be fair, accessible – and free. But for an increasing…

Around Town— 5-15-17

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MONDAY Revival Riverview Baptist Church, located at 2230 Riverview Rd. in Lincolnton will host revival each evening thru Wednesday at 7 p.m. Dr. Ron Lynch will be guest speaker. Diabetes Support Group CHS Lincoln will host a diabetes support group meeting at 6 p.m. in the Dogwood classroom in the…

Obituaries— 5-15-17

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Bobby Dean Canipe Mr. Bobby Dean Canipe, age 73, of 3980 Killian Road, Lincolnton died Sunday, May 14, 2017. The family will receive friend from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. this evening at Warlick Funeral Home. A memorial service for Mr. Canipe will be held at a later date. Mr. Canipe was born September…

Guest View— Malnutrition among the state’s residents

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Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill’s medical school recently found that food scarcity contributes to malnutrition in older adults. That seems easy to figure out. But why is malnutrition allowed to happen at all? “There is an existing national system of food assistance programs, such as Meals on Wheels, and we believe…

Reader’s Forum

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Response to Tillis column In regards to Senator Thom Tillis’s seemingly generous offer to help anyone having difficulty negotiating the federal system, please allow me of challenge him (and his other worthless perpetrators of theft by paycheck) to do the job he was elected to do: create laws and the…

Both parties face age barriers

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When it comes to electoral strength, is demography destiny? Leaders of both major political parties often seem to think so. Republicans in North Carolina and across the country have enjoyed significant success in recent elections in part because older voters are the group most likely to…

Stop limiting Americans’ higher-ed choices

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Anyone out there think higher education doesn’t cost enough? Or that there are plenty of ideological points of view for students to choose from? I didn’t think so. Which is one reason that the Obama administration’s hostility toward for-profit colleges was so unfortunate. Policies that limit…