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Guest View: State should work to decrease drunk driving

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“DWI arrests declining across Southeastern N.C., law enforcement agencies say” That headline appeared in the StarNews last week. So did these: “Suspected drunken driver in fatal crash possibly drove wrong way for 9 miles” “Supply man charged with murder in DWI crash was out on bail” We’re never quite sure…

Reader’s Forum

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Commissioners shouldn’t restrict building The recent proposal by the county commissioners for a possible moratorium on new construction in Catawba Springs township is disturbing. We are just recovering from the devastating effects that the bank crash and recession caused our county. A moratorium should be used as a last resort,…

Fiscal uncertainty hurts state economy

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Do governors and state legislators really have much to do with the performance of state economies? If governors and state legislators are to be believed, their policies are responsible for all good economic news — and rarely responsible for the bad news. It’s easy to ridicule…

Our View: The Klan does not belong here

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The Ku Klux Klan has no place in Lincoln County. The KKK dropped recruitment fliers at homes around Lincolnton late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, leaving many residents stunned and angry. Several contacted the Lincoln Times-News to voice their disappointment and shock. White supremacy and the bigotry embodied by…

The dark history of NC’s immigration politics

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist While the controversy over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies has roiled the nation, immigration has a long history as part of Tar Heel politics. North Carolina, until recent decades, had experienced little immigration compared with other states. In the 1700s there were waves of English, Scots-Irish,…

The anchor of over-regulation

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist “If I could paraphrase a well-known statement by Will Rogers that he never met a man he didn’t like,” President Reagan once quipped, “I’m afraid we have some people around here who never met a tax they didn’t like.” Instead of “tax,” he could just as…

Our View: State should pass constitutional carry

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North Carolina’s legislators may soon have a chance to bring the state’s gun laws in line with what the Founding Fathers intended. Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus County) has sponsored a “constitutional carry” bill, which would eliminate the state’s requirement that people who want to carry a concealed handgun must first…

Wimpy politicians create fiscal mess

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Other than Dale Folwell, North Carolina’s new state treasurer, no state politician made a big campaign issue last fall of the condition of the health plan for teachers and state employees. Did you hear candidates for governor or legislature talk about the state’s past promise to…

Emmett Till lives on

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “America is still killing Emmett Till,” writes Duke professor Timothy Tyson in his new book, “The Blood of Emmett Till.” Tyson revisits the 1955 kidnapping and brutal killing of Till, a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi. At a country store, Till’s encounter…

Both sides now

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist These are busy times for “political pretzels,” the contortionists who are party diehards. If they stick with their party in Raleigh, they will contradict their party in Washington, and vice versa. Or, because administrations flipped in Raleigh, they may now disagree with a practice they…