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Thanks, Gov. McCrory

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist When historians assess Pat McCrory’s term, I don’t think he will be remembered as nearly as successful as North Carolina’s previous two Republican governors, Jim Martin and Jim Holshouser. McCrory was never able to overcome his lack of background in state government and politics, and he…

Republican actions on HB 2 won’t help win elections

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist When it comes to House Bill 2, legislative Republicans are absolutely hapless. Republicans conceived HB 2, the solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, last March, hoping to use it as a wedge issue against gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper and other Democrats. It backfired. When…

Health reform needs state leaders

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist As recent events have reminded us, North Carolina’s state government is not a precise analogue to the federal government. Its leadership is more diffuse. The state legislature is stronger, relative to the executive branch, than Congress is to the presidency. Moreover, the executive branch isn’t unitary.…

Yes, there is such a thing as ‘fake news’

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Whether President-elect Donald Trump and his most fervent supporters like it or not, there is such a thing as “fake news,” and it isn’t what’s coming out of the New York Times or the Washington Post. Granted, there are some glaring issues at those publications related to the way they…

Obituaries — 12-28-16

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Louise Barkley Louise Leatherman Barkley, 95, passed away on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Terrace Ridge Assisted Living Center in Gastonia. The daughter of Lawrence and Annie White Leatherman, she was born on September 6, 1921.  She was a native of Lincolnton, but lived briefly in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.…

Criminal Charges — 12-28-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Brandon Fitzgerald Brooks, 33, of 1150 Hayworth ln in Lincolnton was charged on Dec. 23 with one count of failure to appear. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Patrick James Rajda, 36, of 8241 Pine Lake Rd. in Denver was charged…

Environmentalists ignore the truth about fracking

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Groups such as the Sierra Club have long claimed that fracking is an environmental hazard. The revolutionary drilling process “has contaminated the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of Americans,” Sierra says on its website. Must rest on some pretty sound science, right? Guess again. The…

Anti-Cooper move: Coup or old hat? — 12-26-16

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Republican state lawmakers — disappointed with the outcome of the election — moved this past week to curb the powers of Gov.-elect Roy Cooper and his fellow Democrats. Democrats called it an unprecedented coup. Republicans said they were just doing what Democrats have done in the…

On H.B. 2

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Lawmakers in Raleigh will be looking for gold stars and sympathy this week after finally moving toward a repeal of House Bill 2, a landmark mess of their own making. North Carolina voters should give them neither. Last February, Charlotte passed a city ordinance designed to safeguard the rights of…

Obituaries — 12-26-16

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Leonard Arvil Dellinger NEWTON — Leonard Arvil Dellinger, age 77, of Newton passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Sherrills Ford. Born April 22, 1939 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Arville Pinkney and Mattie Smith Dellinger. Leonard was a member of…