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OUR VIEW ~ County leadership takes shape

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Each December, Lincoln County commissioners vote amongst themselves to choose their colleagues who will serve as chairman and vice chairman of the board. On Monday, the commissioners appointed freshman commissioner Bill Beam as chairman and fellow freshman Martin Oakes as vice chairman. The appointments are wholly unremarkable, other than the…

Trump’s Carrier claims revisited

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DANIEL R. PEARSON Guest Columnist President-elect Donald Trump has claimed victory in his effort to preserve employment for Carrier workers in Indiana. Assisted by $7 million in tax incentives provided by the State of Indiana, Trump persuaded the company not to move 800 furnace manufacturing jobs to Monterrey, Mexico. This…

Putting innocent Americans on ‘trial’

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist “Let’s not make a federal case out of this.” Nearly all of us have heard someone say something like this at one time or another. And it used to mean something. Not anymore. This bit of sarcasm, after all, is meant to imply that the person…

Trump’s Carrier claims revisited

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DANIEL R. PEARSON Guest Columnist President-elect Donald Trump has claimed victory in his effort to preserve employment for Carrier workers in Indiana. Assisted by $7 million in tax incentives provided by the State of Indiana, Trump persuaded the company not to move 800 furnace manufacturing jobs to Monterrey, Mexico. This…

OUR VIEW ~ Nation observes Pearl Harbor Day

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the Pearl Harbor military installation in Hawaii, an event that dragged the United States into World War II and, it could reasonably be argued, completely altered the direction of this country, and the world. For all of the misery and…

Burr Victory Deserves Spotlight

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During the fall campaign in North Carolina, the presidential and gubernatorial races captured most of the attention. That was understandable. But the reelection of Sen. Richard Burr deserves at least as much post-election attention, for two compelling reasons. The first is political. Often underestimated during his decades in office, Burr…

Our most important lawyer

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist The most important lawyer in modern North Carolina history finally has a biography. This week UNC Press is releasing “Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights” by Richard A. Rosen and Joseph Mosnier. If you do not agree with my assertion about…

McCrory should concede now

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Roy Cooper’s narrow lead over Pat McCrory in the North Carolina governor’s race has doubled in the weeks since Election Day. Protests, recounts and possible legal challenges aren’t likely to change the final outcome. The question is how long McCrory wants to delay it. His action Tuesday barring the State…

Politics and barbecue, together again

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Did North Carolina barbecue help Donald Trump win the presidency? North Carolina’s barbecue guru, John Shelton Reed, has a theory. More about that in a minute, but first let’s celebrate having two books from Reed about barbecue ready for your holiday giving to friends who love…

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

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RANDAL O’TOOLE Guest Columnist President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of transportation, Elaine Chao, may provide some clues about his infrastructure policies. High-speed rail advocates have hoped that Trump will support their boondoggles, and his big talk about infrastructure spending as an economic stimulus has done nothing to dim those…

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