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Tax dispute has a solution

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The federal government has just released another set of economic statistics — and they again show North Carolina has one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States. According to the latest measurements of gross domestic product (GDP), which extend through the end of 2015, North…

Tax dispute has a solution

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “You would vote for the devil if he were a Democrat, wouldn’t you?” Thus begins an old story that makes fun of an old-time party-loyal, “yellow-dog” Democrat. His friend was teasing him about his unwillingness ever to stray from his party’s candidates even if they were…

Governor should focus on coal-ash cleanup

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If only Gov. Pat McCrory’s righteous indignation at the legislature’s coal ash regulatory bill came out of a desire for stronger regulation that would truly get tough with the governor’s former employer, his veto would be welcomed. Unfortunately, the governor’s veto — like other vetoes, certain to be overridden —…

Do Senate leaders believe their own claims on teacher pay?

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KRIS NORDSTROM Guest Columnist Senate leaders made a big splash touting their two-year plan to raise teacher salaries. They held a packed press conference and launched www.NCTeacherRaise.com, the strange website that – in exchange for handing your contact information over to the NC Republican Senatorial Committee – will let you…

One of these things just doesn’t belong

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist “We hold it to be self-evident that all persons are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the pursuit of happiness.” “The people have…

There’s no such thing as a ‘public’ school

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JASON BEDRICK Guest Columnist Perhaps the most pervasive myth about our nation’s education system is the notion that “public schools have to take all children.” Last year, when criticizing charter schools that she claimed, “don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids,” Hillary Clinton quipped, “And so the public schools are often in…

Change of heart is another bellwether moment in demise of death penalty

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JAMES E. COLEMAN Guest Columnist As chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, I. Beverly Lake voted to affirm nearly 200 death sentences. But last week, he published an essay explaining why he now believes the death penalty is fundamentally unfair and violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual…

On the Racial Justice Act

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Finding justice in a thicket of emotion and law is a daunting task. We have no envy for the hard choices our judges must make. And in cases like the one that will open in the Cumberland County Courthouse, we’re not sure even how justice will be defined. It is…

Reader’s Forum — Rulings on beer are nuanced

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The county did not approve craft breweries. The city just held a referendum on “on-premises sale of malt beverages” (beer). The words “craft brewery” did not appear on the ballot. The county has never held such a referendum. I object to your fuzziness in reporting that the county did something…

OUR VIEW — Beer referendum passage is positive

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City of Lincolnton voters approved a referendum on Tuesday that has paved the way for a craft brewery or standalone beer bar to open in the city. That’s a good thing for the city’s future, and now it’s up to city leaders to capitalize on the vote and help guide…