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Portrayal of Scott shooting is suspect

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Of all of the things we’ve learned in the week since the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott near UNC-Charlotte by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, one thing is abundantly clear — the media coverage of Scott’s death and the protests that followed has done more to feed the unrest that…

Gun rights and due process took a beating at debate

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ADAM BATES GuestColumnist Despite a rancorous campaign season, there is at least one belief that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton share: Americans have far too much liberty when it comes to firearms and due process. Between Clinton’s resurrection of the failed proposal to ban people on terror watchlists from buying…

Rioters don’t get a veto

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — North Carolinians have learned a lot in the past few days — about law enforcement, race relations, cynical politics, media memes, and the need for wise leadership during crisis. But the cost of our education has been far too high. Dozens of police officers,…

Events leaving because of HB2

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Greensboro didn’t lose a Bruce Springsteen concert and NCAA and ACC athletic events because Charlotte passed an anti-discrimination ordinance. Greensboro would not have gotten them back if Charlotte had rescinded its ordinance. So let’s get the facts right: The trouble began March 23, when the state legislature and Gov. Pat…

One police video, many interpretations

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MATTHEW FEENEY Guest Columnist Members of the public should be able to access the body camera footage related to Tuesday’s police-involved shooting that left Keith Scott dead and prompted violent protests in Charlotte. But we shouldn’t be under any illusion that everyone who watches the footage will arrive at the…

The election will be over, not HB2

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What do you hate more? The presidential election campaign? Or the furor over HB2? The good news is that one will be over in a few weeks. The bad news is that the other won’t. On November 8 the election campaigning ends. The heavy doses of…

A poor way to measure poverty

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ED FEULNER Syndicated Columnist Poverty is down, the latest Census Bureau report shows. Good news, to be sure, but some context is needed. A closer look at the data reveals that things aren’t necessarily the way they appear. The poverty rate of families with children in 2015 was 16.3 percent.…

On Judicial Activism

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We hear a lot about judicial activism these days, but we don’t often see it. In most cases, judges on the appellate level hear arguments, interpret the law and issue a ruling. They do their job, deciding how the Constitution and law apply to situations our Founders couldn’t possibly foresee.…

ACC leaders should say how they voted

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist The leaders of North Carolina’s major universities are paid big bucks to make tough decisions, back them up and stick to them. But the chancellors of three of the state’s four Atlantic Coast Conference member universities won’t say whether they voted to move 2016-17 ACC sports…

Reader’s Forum

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Support for McHenry President Obama constantly seems to ignore the very real threats to our nation’s freedoms. But it has been more than just words- his actions tell a very similar story. For the past eight years, the president, the supposed “Commander in Chief,” has stripped the great military down…

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