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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…

Who wanted higher sales taxes?

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina Democrats running for statewide offices this year are trying to convince voters that Republicans favor higher taxes on “working people” while they, the Democrats, favor lower taxes on “working people.” The facts clearly state otherwise. During the first decade of the 21st century, there…

NC’s labor market

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Consider the textile industry. In 1894 it was a mainstay of the New England economy. In the 20th Century the mills were moved south to take advantage of cheaper labor in states such as North Carolina. Then they were on the move again in search of even cheaper labor overseas,…

Three important – and close – races near the tops of ballots

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist This year is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing and important election years in a long time for North Carolina voters. Of course, the presidential race leads the way. Recent N.C. polls show Republican Donald Trump has closed the gap separating him and…

Our forgotten National Birthday

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist We celebrate every July 4th with fireworks, parades, speeches and other tributes. And rightly so — our Declaration of Independence heralded a new age in human history. So why does Sept. 17 come and go with so little notice? That’s the date our Constitution was signed…

School choice merits stout defense

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and his Democratic challenger, former state Rep. Linda Coleman, met on September 13 for their first and only debate broadcast statewide, their sharp differences of opinion on House Bill 2 were, not surprisingly, the primary focus of subsequent media coverage.…

Some important truths about the Zika crisis and reproductive freedom

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TARA ROMANO Guest Columnist Summer is winding down here in North Carolina, but the heat isn’t going away just yet. And neither are the mosquitoes. In the Southeast, mosquito season can last until November, depending on the timing of the first frost. As Florida has now recorded more than 60…