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OUR VIEW — Access to anti-overdose drug could save lives

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Prescription drug and opiate abuse is a growing epidemic across North Carolina and the United States. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that in North Carolina “there was a more than five-fold increase in heroin deaths from 2010 to 2014, reaching 246 deaths, according to state health statistics.” While the…

What are your priorities for state government?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist This column is what we call in newsroom parlance a “fetcher.” I’m not attempting to tell you something you don’t know, but rather asking for input on the most important issues facing North Carolina as we trudge toward the November elections. I hope to use your…

Tax choices define policy options

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Relatively speaking, North Carolina has a low rate of property taxation. That’s a basic fact of public finance — but its implications are varied, significant, and under appreciated. Let’s run the numbers. According to the latest Census Bureau data, crunched by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, North…

Donald Trump’s hits and misses in foreign policy

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Donald Trump has offered his foreign policy vision. It was a bit of a mishmash, but he is no Neoconservative and broke with pro-war Republican orthodoxy in important ways. The speech, delivered last week in downtown Washington, was standard campaign fare, intended to demonstrate that the…

Obituaries — 5-6-16

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Karl T. Baker, Sr. Karl T. Baker, Sr. peacefully passed away April 23, 2016 at his home in Philomath, Oregon. He was born on November 21, 1926 in San Mateo, Calif. He was the second son of John Allen Baker and Dorothy Baker. His older brother John Allen Baker II…

Around Town — 5-6-16

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TODAY Relay Relay For Life of Lincolnton will begin from 6 p.m. until 12 a.m. at Lincolnton High School, located at 803 N Aspen St. in Lincolnton. SATURDAY  Garden Club The Master Gardener Group of Gaston County (MGGGC) will hold their annual plant sale on at the Citizens Resource Center,…

NC Works Job Listings

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You must currently be registered with NC Works to be referred on any of our jobs. Go to www.ncworks.gov to register or update an existing registration. Job listings for all of North Carolina may also be accessed. Call NC Works Career Center, Lincolnton, 704.735.8035, or come to NC Works Career…

OUR VIEW — Bring on the microbreweries

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Lincoln County commissioners would show vision by voting to approve changes to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance to allow microbreweries in general business districts and in East Lincoln. Microbreweries are popping up in towns and cities across the country. Charlotte and the western part of North Carolina already have a…

Salaries, bonuses focus of budget debate

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist It took no longer than the first budget meeting before the battle lines were drawn in what will become the biggest spending-related debate of 2016. It will be about raises and bonuses for state employees and teachers, as well as cost-of-living adjustments for government retirees. It…

Gerrymandering shields lawmakers from HB2 backlash

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MARK NANCE Guest Columnist Even amidst the bombast of this presidential primary season, HB2 continues to push North Carolina into the spotlight. Amazingly, our state recently made news in the United Kingdom because the British Foreign Office (the equivalent of the U.S. State Department) issued a warning to LGBTQ citizens…