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Our View— An ambitious goal

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Lincoln County commissioners signed on to a bold, ambitious and noble plan when they approved a resolution that will eventually give the county the distinction of being home to the only government-run no-kill animal shelter in the state. Creating a no-kill municipal animal shelter in Lincoln County has been a…

Average pay isn’t the point

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — The average pay received by public school teachers in North Carolina this year was $49,837, up four percent from the 2015-16 school year. That was the largest pay hike for teachers in the United States, and boosted North Carolina’s ranking in average pay to…

Cooper brings touch of clarity to education debate

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist For many Americans, politics often seem a clash of spin and sound bites, of tweets and TV spots, of obfuscation more than clarity. So it is worth noting when an elected official defines a major policy issue for his constituents in direct and unadorned language. Gov.…

Guest View— Lawmakers working to improve struggling rural areas

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Erica Smith-Ingram grew up on a farm in eastern North Carolina, attended the N.C. School of Science and Math in Durham and earned an engineering degree at N.C. A&T. She went on to work for Boeing and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Then, in 2003, she returned to teach…

Reader’s Forum

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No-kill vote was a victory for all Many animals have died waiting for a dedicated and compassionate shelter director, one who would stand up and say Lincoln County will be a place where healthy and treatable animals are given the chance to live. At Monday night’s commissioners’ meeting, Hannah Beaver…

Richard Burr in Senator Sam Role

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Republican Richard Burr has been many things during his more than 12 years in the U.S. Senate — a policy wonk who likes to get into the weeds, a reliable conservative and a preppy prone to going sockless. But he has rarely sought the limelight —…

North Carolina Golf and Trump’s Russian Connections

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Every North Carolina author would give his or her eyetooth to get a mention at the top of the lead editorial in The New York Times during the week of a new book release. It happened to best-selling author Jim Dodson last Friday (May 12). His…

Public notices should remain public

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It seems that every year a North Carolina state senator introduces a bill that would drastically alter the way local public notices are publicized and that, every year, the legislation goes nowhere in the House and does little more than elicit opinion pieces like this one from newspapers. This year,…

Reader’s Forum

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No-kill plan is a step in the right direction At Monday night’s meeting of the Board of Commissioners, a unanimous vote of approval was cast for the “Strategic Plan for Transforming Lincoln County into a No Kill Community,” a document written by LCAS Director Hannah Beaver in cooperation with the…

Campus speech and progressivism

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JOHN SAMPLES Guest Columnist Jeffrey Herbst, the president and CEO of the Newseum, recently released a report about free speech on campus. It is brief and well worth reading. Herbst believes we are missing the major problem exposed by recent attacks on free speech at universities: “Systematic public opinion polling…