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Lessons from Tillis for Speaker Moore

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Can lessons learned in a successful effort to provide compensation for victims of state-sponsored sterilization help solve the problem HB2 (the bathroom bill) is causing North Carolina? In his recent book, “Rage to Redemption in the Sterilization Age: A Confrontation with American Genocide,” John Railey, editorial…

Good idea, bad blueprint

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist History is full of good ideas launched with not very good blueprints. Take the airplane. Many early plane designs ended in disaster before aviation tinkerers figured out flight. Go to Youtube and watch. My favorite three are the bicycles with flapping wings, the seven-winger, and…

Obama’s legacy will include failures

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With nine days left in the presidency of Barack Obama, it’s nearly impossible, without deluding oneself, to think that history will be kind to his legacy. After two terms in office, all that the country has to show for Obama’s influence is a healthcare reform law that will almost certainly…

Criminal Charges — 1-11-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Dustin Brian Hawkins, 32, of 139 Sadler Rd. in Alexis was charged on Jan. 6 with one count each of communicating threats, failure to comply, and second degree trespassing. A $1,000 bond was set. Vicki Nicole Hamby, 28, of 4858 Sierra…

Obituaries — 1-11-17

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Doris Keener McMurry Doris Keener McMurry, age 78, of 493 Buffalo Shoals Road, Lincolnton died on Saturday January 7, 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel, with The Rev. Dr. Stanley Spence officiating. The family…

North Carolina is a democracy after all

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There are few things in life that are more satisfying than being right. We recently published a response to a column, printed in both the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News & Observer, which claimed that, based upon a loosely described methodology, North Carolina was barely a functioning democracy and…

Cooper makes a colossal blunder

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Roy Cooper spent his last few weeks as governor-elect of North Carolina attacking the state legislature for encroaching on the separation of powers, weakening the rule of law, subverting the will of the voters, and hurrying new policies through too quickly, without adequate discussion…

Former athletic director teaches us a lesson in governance

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Bill Cobey now serves as chair of the State Board of Education, a capstone to a long, diverse career, much of it spent in the public sector. To review Cobey’s career is to put in perspective the court case arising from the legislature’s reassigning of decision-making…

Galifianakis: Nick or Zach?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Did you ever feel so let down after an election? Many North Carolina Democrats have been asking each other this question every day since they learned the results of the latest presidential election. Some old timers remember other times when they felt like they had been…

Around Town — 1-9-17

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Today Meeting Mended Hearts Chapter 379 will meet in the Holly room of Caromont Regional Medical Center, located at 2525 Court Dr. in Gastonia at 5:45 p.m. followed by the Cardiac support group at 7 p.m. Meeting The Levine Cancer Center support group will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Homesteads…