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No-kill efforts could sway election

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It’s refreshing to see citizens unite, organize and advocate at the local level for the changes they want to see in their government. It’s even better when the changes they want to see are noble and just. Humane Voters of Lincoln County has become a very real force in the…

House and Senate monopolies

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist North Carolina’s primary elections are less than two months away, on March 15. With primary battles taking place in North Carolina for president (of course), U.S. Senate, governor and many other down-ballot races, this is an important time for voters. But in 54 of this state’s…

Getting back to “E Pluribus Unum”

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist America has always been a melting pot. We are a nation founded by people from all over the world who came here seeking a better life for themselves and their families. So why is immigration such a hot-button issue? To be sure, it has often been…

What explains job growth

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Few political promises are as common as this one: “My policies will create jobs.” You hear it from candidates for federal, state, and local office, as well as from activists and commentators. Generally speaking, those on the Right tend to emphasize the government policies they believe…

Panthers make us proud

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The Carolina Panthers have made all of North Carolina proud. The team made it to Super Bowl 50 with an utter massacre of the Arizona Cardinals, and they looked like they were having fun doing it. The Panthers’ momentum is undeniable, and they’re the betting favorites to win the big…

Reader’s Forum: Leaders should help Lincolnton grow — 1-27-16

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Leaders should help Lincolnton grow It was with sadness that I read Ms Sherrill’s editorial regarding the reluctance of local boards to move forward with increasing business and activities in downtown Lincolnton. When I moved here in 2013, I was rather impressed that the downtown area was active when so…

Lofty and laudable goals in education

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Even as an often-cynical reporter, I was impressed by the collaboration among some of the state’s top education and business leaders at a recent meeting of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Education Cabinet. The panel includes representatives from K-12 public schools, the community college and university systems, the…

School reform takes big strides

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Almost exactly 15 year ago, I wrote an education reform plan for the John Locke Foundation entitled “Reach for the STARS.” I argued that low levels of reading and math proficiency, particularly among poor and minority students, were robbing the next generation of opportunity and inhibiting our…

Trickle-down was a fairy tale

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Well, what about that? Arthur Laffer was right about supply-side economics: Cut taxes, spur the economy and tax revenue goes up. That, at least, is the story North Carolina’s Republican leaders will tell in this election year. They cut personal and corporate income taxes, and General Fund receipts for the…

Conservatives and a lone libertarian take on Donald Trump

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist On Friday I joined some 20 other writers in making the case against Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. The venerable National Review, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., assembled a group of diverse critics to argue that Trump is not a conservative, not an advocate of limited…