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Our View: Republicans need to replace Obamacare

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Anyone who was expecting a bombastic — and conservative — plan to replace Obamacare will have to keep waiting. One of the major problems with the Affordable Care Act is that it essentially and dramatically created a new entitlement program by attempting to force people to purchase a service, health…

Things to remember amid the spin about HB2

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CHRIS FITZSIMON Guest Columnist With the one-year anniversary of the passage of the sweeping anti-LGBTQ law HB2 rapidly approaching and the NCAA poised to lock North Carolina out of hosting dozens of championship events for the next six years, legislative leaders and Gov. Roy Cooper are scrambling to find a…

Tata now turning out fictional tough guys

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist There are some very scary things happening in the Port of Wilmington – a group of Iranian terrorists have snuck into southeastern North Carolina and are planning to wreak havoc on the country. Fortunately, there is Jake Mahegan, a former special forces soldier and all-around tough…

Town halls and political stunts

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Three times last week, a state Senate committee summoned Larry Hall to be vetted for his appointment to head the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Three times, committee members faced an empty table with a name card for Hall, who until Roy Cooper named him to his cabinet represented…

Civil forfeiture turns cops into criminals

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Living in a free society brings benefits, but also responsibilities. One of the most important is keeping an eye on government. You never know when lawmakers will try to do something bad — or something that seems good initially, then goes spectacularly wrong. A prime example…

Reader’s Forum

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Fee and dividend plan will help curb climate change We have already warmed our planet by two degrees Celsius. It’s now crunch time for us to curb global warming and its accompanying extreme weather events and maintain a livable planet for our grandchildren. The only choice we have to avoid…

School choice war goes hot

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NEAL MCCLUSKEY Guest Columnist With a presidential administration that is disliked for myriad reasons openly pushing school choice, what had been kind of a cold war over choice for years has exploded into a hot one. And the tip of the anti-choice spear seems to be the New York Times.…

Fixing HB2 needs a good meal together

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Where are Ruby and Jack Hunt when we need them? Somebody needs to sit our political leaders down and guide them into talking to each other about how to get our state out of the HB2 mess we have made for ourselves. That is what former…

Shelter shows power of community

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist They come in fear. They leave with hope. That’s one way to describe the many hundreds of people who make their way every year to Wilson’s Wesley Shelter, a nonprofit founded in 1983 to combat domestic violence and homelessness in this eastern North Carolina community. You…

Politicians isolate themselves

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Anyone who’s ever pulled anchor and abandoned the house, office or locker room when someone is on a rant can certainly sympathize with the Republican lawmakers who dodged public meetings during the congressional recess. No one enjoys dealing with some stranger who is foaming at…