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Clearing the minefield of political correctness

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist There’s been a lot of debate, appropriately enough, about University of Chicago dean John Ellison’s letter warning freshmen not to expect “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” on campus. Much of that debate has focused on free speech — and rightly so. But there’s a larger issue…

Don’t deter workers from moving

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Here’s one of those statements that seems like it can’t be true and yet is firmly supported by the evidence: Americans don’t move around as much as they used to. This is not about people lounging around too much, watching TV or playing video…

Why is politics a binary choice?

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist Why are there only two main political ideologies? There are over 175 craft breweries in NC, yet all of our elected officials are from just two ideologies. Choice is a great thing, just look at the corner of Highway 16 and Highway 73. We have four…

Obituaries — 9-9-16

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Billy Allen Clippard Billy Allen Clippard, 65, of Gastonia, passed away September 7, 2016 at his residence. He was born August 12, 1951 in Lincoln County, the son of the late TP Clippard and Martha Tallent. Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife Janis Garrison Clippard; sons, Billy…

Around Town — 9-9-16

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TODAY Sale St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Family Life Center, located at 4051 King Wilkinson Rd. in Lincolnton will host Fall/Winter kids consignment sale at 7 p.m until 9:30 p.m. For more information please contact Brandie Summey at (704) 732-7529. BBQ Pisgah United Methodist Church, located at 2582 Gastonia Hwy. in…

Criminal Charges — 9-9-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Matthew James Myers, 31, of 6142 Burnhurst Ln. in Denver was charged on September 4 with one count of probation violation. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Robert Shane Oliver, 35, of 9725 Hardwood Ln. in Charlotte was charged on September…

Most road deaths result from choices

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – Downloading a spreadsheet containing information about all of the deadly car crashes in 2015 in North Carolina is a sobering exercise. It took 54 seconds to scroll – at top speed – from the top to the bottom of the spreadsheet taken from the…

Local eateries for politicians and for us

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist It is here. Just in time for the election season, this new book can guide this fall’s political candidates to the North Carolina eateries where locals gather to eat and exchange information and viewpoints about public affairs. For instance, the book features a barbecue in Concord…

Surplus should be election issue

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — The final numbers are in on North Carolina’s budget surplus. They are informative. They ought to provoke significant discussion. Instead, they have gotten virtually no media coverage or public comment. According to a new report from the office of State Controller Linda Combs, state…

On early voting

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As if the battle over gender identity wasn’t enough to place North Carolina under the national microscope — for all the wrong reasons — the state’s ongoing battles over voting access have only made matters worse. To simplify this argument, all that can be done — including Sunday voting —…