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Restructuring of city department overdue

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Robert A. Tomlinson Lincolnton Since hiring of Steve Zickefoose, City Managers, and truly bi-partisan City Council, an increased accountability within our City Business Community Development Department (CBCDD) has occurred. Previously, this city department were autonomous from city hall with little outsight. Relocating BCDD office to city hall has been a…

The minotaur takes his own sweet time

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Do you think that the Greek legendary half-bull, half-man called the Minotaur could help us understand what is going on in American politics this year? In case you do not remember the Minotaur, he was the offspring of a queen of Crete, who, subject to a…

Freedom rises in North Carolina

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The latest report card about freedom is out — and North Carolina shows progress in several areas. But some of our grades are still intolerably low. The “Freedom in the 50 States” report, now published by the Cato Institute, uses hundreds of datasets to rank states…

Crack, killing and coaching don’t mix

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Most people can agree that they don’t want a person who deals drugs or has taken another human being’s life around their children. Most people, that is, except the leadership of several local athletics organizations. The Times-News has learned that at least two Optimist Clubs — Boger City and Stanley…

Affects of rigged districts will linger

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The architects of the current maps of General Assembly districts billed them as complying with the law and the Constitution, saying they fully guaranteed that African-American candidates would be able to win seats. They were right about that, as recent electoral experience has shown. But what they didn’t say was…

Welfare Reform: What (and who) works

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist If anyone ever wonders why conservatives are skeptical of government programs, they should consider the War on Poverty. There are other examples, of course, but public welfare is a particularly apt one as we mark the 20th anniversary of the 1996 reform. Why? Consider what President…

Left misleads on Carolina comeback

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Democrats and liberal commentators have been loudly and gleefully attacking Donald Trump and his aides for getting their chronologies wrong — for blaming the president for the onset of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, for example, despite the fact that Barack Obama was serving in…

Parents must help stop underage drinking

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When state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner Jim Gardner visited with us last week at the StarNews, we were going to ask about the better customer service we’ve witnessed in ABC stores, and the popularity of small-batch liquors that line the shelves. What we got instead was a straight shot of…

Gerrymandering: Have conservatives finally gone too far?

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist The Republican Party developed a national strategy to seize and hold legislative power, and in North Carolina executed it with relentless precision. Six years into that process, however, the adverse legal judgments are beginning to accumulate. Rights were violated and votes were suppressed, or targeted for…

Senator’s constituent services here to help

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist Over the last two years, I’ve had the honor of representing Lincoln County and the state of North Carolina in the United States Senate. I’ve worked to help advance commonsense, bipartisan initiatives, including reforming the VA, supporting military families, confronting the growing opioid and heroin epidemic…

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