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Am I deplorable? In April of 2008, Barack Obama and his liberal elitist friends said that if I was bitter and insensitive to the condition of others, I would just cling to my gun and religious beliefs. I don’t accept the bitter element of that description, but I did (and…

Voters will never be experts

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — I have strong opinions — but not about how to perform brain surgery, write a smart-phone app, design a golf course, or produce a hip hop album. Perhaps you do have a strong view about one of these, but almost certainly not about all…

Around Town — 9-14-16

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Thursday Meeting Rock Springs Nature Preserve, located at 6684 Pine Ridge Drive in Denver will host Lake Norman Covekeepers meeting at 6:30 p.m. Come explore Rock Springs Nature Preserve. Sylvia Holmes, will brief on the origin and features of one of the most beautiful natural parks in the area. For…

Obituaries — 9-14-16

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Rachel Frye Rachel went home to be with her loved ones on September 12, 2016 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Rachel was born on September 12, 1962 to Mary Young and Verlin Adams. She was preceded in death by her parents; as well as her son, J.R. Frye; grandmother,…

Criminal Charges — 9-14-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Johnny Daniel Hallman, 21, of 480 Ed Hallman Tr. in Vale was charged on September 9 with one count of failure to appear. Timothy Allen Hart, 58, of 872 Tower Rd. in Vale was charged on September 9 with one count…

The disturbing politics of Islamophobia

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MANZOOR CHEEMA Guest Columnist The current election cycle is, sadly, shining a light on a blatant and disturbing level of Islamophobia in the United States. What’s more, many Muslims in the United States are paying a heavy price for this bigotry. Muslims, and people perceived to be Muslims, have been…

Are ITT alternatives much better?

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NEAL MCCLUSKEY Guest Columnist The outcome was certain the moment federal and state regulators spilled blood in the water and swarmed ITT Technical Institutes, but today it became official: ITT is going out of business. No proven guilt, just accused to death. But we’ve been over all that. What is…

Tired of guilt by association

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist One of the annoying things about politics these days – and there are many – is how candidates constantly try to connect their opponents to everything bad in the world. Hardly a day goes by in election season without one political party linking candidates from the…

Windmills in the state

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The debate about wind turbines in eastern North Carolina is healthy. The proposed Apex Timbermill Wind development in Chowan and Perquimans counties has generated both support and opposition. It would be the region’s second commercial wind project, providing construction and maintenance jobs, offering income to landowners and contributing to a…

Criminal Charges — 9-12-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Sandra Lynn Gaul, 46, of 1256 Clarence Beam Rd. in Cherryville was charged on September 8 with eleven counts of financial identity fraud, eight counts of food stamp fraud, and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying…