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Peaceful protest is the bedrock of democracy

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There’s something about the peaceful protest that’s quintessentially American. Political protests and rallies aren’t unique to this country, but we do it best. During the years immediately following the election of President Barack Obama, right-wing protests morphed into the Tea Party movement, which played no small part in the Republican…

State spending doesn’t boost growth

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist There are just as many fads in politics as there is in other fields of human endeavor, from entertainment to home remedies. Speaking of which, a current fad in political discourse that neither entertains nor remedies is to accuse your opponents of being “anti-science.” Progressives routinely…

Political opposites try listening to each other

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist For the past year, some of North Carolina’s leading Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, left-wingers and right-wingers, tried something different. They talked to each other. And I don’t mean they trolled each other on the internet, calling each other pinkos or knuckle-draggers. Under the auspices…

A bill that should make newspaper readers take notice

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MARK BINKER Guest Columnist Friends and readers — lawmakers here in Raleigh are taking a swipe at your local newspaper. Last week, Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, won committee approval for a bill that would let cities and counties bypass the daily broadsheet or weekly tabloid and post all sorts of…

Criminal Charges— 5-1-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jonathan Wayne Sharp, 26, of 21 Windy Hill Cr. in Mt. Holly was charged Apr. 24 with three counts of failure to appear. A $2,000 cash bond was set. Jimmie Leonard Ward Jr., 41, of 1415 Requa Rd. in Cherryville was…

Obituaries— 5-1-17

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Thomas “R.A.” Sigmon Thomas “R.A.” Sigmon, 92, of Lincolnton passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017. R.A. was born May 18, 1924 to the late Ralph Sigmon and Artelie Crump Sigmon. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by…

Reader’s Forum— 4-28-17

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Response to Tillis column I am responding to the Sen. Thom Tillis opinion recently published regarding a border wall. My 27-year-old son hit the “head on the nail” when he said, should a wall be built, “It would keep immigrants in because more immigrants are leaving for jobs in Mexico.”…

Our View— Voter fraud lite

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Voter fraud matters, until it doesn’t. That’s the message coming out of Catawba County this week, where the district attorney there announced that his office won’t pursue charges against a woman who impersonated her dead mother to vote for Donald Trump. Voter impersonation is the most egregious form of voter…

Caution needed on state budget

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist While North Carolina legislators and Gov. Roy Cooper haven’t yet received the report on state income taxes paid or refunded by the April deadline, they shouldn’t count on a positive “April surprise” to make fiscal decisions for them. There are some very real and very important…

A North Carolina mountain woman’s adventure in Bulgaria

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Why would North Carolinian Elizabeth Kostova, who is a New York Times No.1 bestselling author, set her action-packed novel in Bulgaria? I will give you an answer in a minute. But first, a little bit about her new book, “The Shadow Land.” Its main character is…