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Expect an eventful June on Jones Street

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – For the first three weeks of this legislative session, the House and Senate puttered along. The House worked on its budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, while the Senate considered few bills of note. Speculation arose that the General Assembly might just pass a…

Dialogue on Fort Bragg is necessary

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They took the tarp off the elephant in the room, letting three visiting members of Congress in on a muted controversy that’s slowly brewing. Fayetteville City Councilman Kirk deViere brought it up at a Greater Fayetteville Chamber roundtable discussion that brought Sen. Thom Tillis, Rep. Richard Hudson and House Armed…

Why Clinton won’t win the foreign policy debate

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A. TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist Hillary Clinton clearly believes that she enjoys a decided advantage over Donald Trump when it comes to foreign policy. Her speech on June 2 in San Diego launched what will clearly be a sustained attack on Trump’s qualifications as commander-in-chief. Citing his support for torturing…

Criminal Charges — 6-6-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Richie Scott Sanborn, 43, of 1061 Owls Den Rd. in Lincolnton was charged on June 2 with one count of failure to appear. A $500 secured bond was set. Dustin Christopher Johnson, 25, of 3493 Dave Heafner Rd. in Crouse was…

Obituaries — 6-6-16

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Sarah Victoria Williams CHERRYVILLE — Sarah Victoria Williams, 73, of Missionary Dr., in Cherryville died June 4, 2016 at Carolina Care Center. She was born in Cleveland Co. on Nov. 29, 1942 daughter of the late Coleman Isaac and Essie Peaola Cook Williams. Sarah was a member of North Brook…

Around Town — 6-6-16

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TUESDAY Election A North 321 resident meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the North 321 Fire Dept.; located at 3769 Maiden Hwy. in Lincolnton to elect new board members. All residents are encouraged to attend and vote. Classes Augustana Lutheran Church, located at Hwy. 70 SE in Hickory…

Making children’s lives safer

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It’s been a tragic several months for the lives and well-being of children and young people in our area. Wednesday was especially heart-rending. First, we learned of the motor-vehicle deaths of two area high school students. By the end of the day, Wilmington Police reported the death of an 8-month-old…

Keep a lid on state debt

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — It’s cheap to borrow right now. That doesn’t mean you ought to load up with new debt, however, and this same wisdom applies to the public sector. North Carolina has traditionally maintained low levels of indebtedness, at least when compared to other states. According…

What if the United Kingdom departs the European Union?

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Donald Trump’s success in the U.S. is not unique. Europe is being buffeted by similar populist currents. The United Kingdom might vote to exit the European Union in June. Moreover, a yes victory might spark what John Gillingham of the Harvard Center for European Studies and…

Be wary of motorcycle bills

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – Sometimes, in this job, you just get a funny feeling about what might happen next. That happened recently when a bill was filed in the state House with an odd title: “DOT/No Discrimination Against Motorcyclists.” At any other time in history, that might not…