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Animal Services fine warrants more attention

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Lincoln County commissioners need to get to the bottom of a recent fine levied against Animal Services by the state. The Department of Agriculture issued a $7,500 civil penalty against the county agency for several violations, including “a steady increase in deceased cats and dogs within the shelter’s kennels, along…

Democratic group seeks middle ground

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Rarely do we hear a politician talk so candidly and publicly about the shortcomings of his political party. State Rep. Ken Goodman, a Democrat from Rockingham, did that recently at a luncheon with political and business leaders from across the state. Democrats, Goodman said, lost about…

Nomination may tip state races

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Pat McCrory, Roy Cooper, Richard Burr, and many other confirmed or potential candidates for statewide office in North Carolina have plans. They have backers, and staffers, and plenty of ideas for how to win their elections next year. But there’s a key variable required before determining…

Death penalty increasingly a part of NC’s history

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KEN ROSE Guest Columnist This year, for the second time since 2012, not a single person was sentenced to death in North Carolina. Our state is clearly realizing that, while no punishment can heal the terrible grief of violent crime, life without parole is a tough and fair sentence for…

The anniversary of the end of slavery

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The old State House chamber in downtown Raleigh hasn’t been used for lawmaking, with rare exception, since the Legislative Building on Jones Street opened in 1963. But the Greek Revival-style Capitol completed in 1840 still has powerful symbolic value as a venue to mark anniversaries of significant events that happened…

Six strikes and you’re out, Rep. Brockman

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist In the following paragraphs, I’m going to give you many reasons why state Rep. Cecil Brockman of High Point should resign from the General Assembly, or at the very least be shown the door after the 2016 election. Then, at the end, I’m going to tell…

Making friends with our presidents

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist The president of the United States today sends troops to fight in distant lands for long periods, enters into binding agreements with foreign powers, and takes other extraordinary actions, all without prior approval from Congress. Presidential candidates promise to reverse their predecessors’ agreements on the first…

Activists oppose free speech

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist However complicated you want to try to make it, the concept of free speech does not contain the right to shut other people up. Unfortunately, there is an entire movement of political activists right now who would not only disagree with my assertion but would seek…

Vital reforms to improve our roads

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PATRICK McHenry Guest Columnist Every day, residents throughout our area are reliant upon our nation’s interstate system. There is the Kings Mountain resident jumping on Interstate 85 to head to work in Charlotte each morning or the Hickory family headed up to Asheville for a weekend camping trip using Interstate…

Reader’s Forum — 12-14-15

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Mitchem will have support Dear Mr. Doug Broome from Iron Station: You say you are going to send Carrol Mitchem packing back to Highway 27 after the County Commission election? Don’t pack your bags just yet. A lot of people in Western Lincoln County love and respect Carroll Mitchem. We…