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Reader’s Forum— 4-28-17

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Response to Tillis column I am responding to the Sen. Thom Tillis opinion recently published regarding a border wall. My 27-year-old son hit the “head on the nail” when he said, should a wall be built, “It would keep immigrants in because more immigrants are leaving for jobs in Mexico.”…

Our View— Voter fraud lite

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Voter fraud matters, until it doesn’t. That’s the message coming out of Catawba County this week, where the district attorney there announced that his office won’t pursue charges against a woman who impersonated her dead mother to vote for Donald Trump. Voter impersonation is the most egregious form of voter…

Caution needed on state budget

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist While North Carolina legislators and Gov. Roy Cooper haven’t yet received the report on state income taxes paid or refunded by the April deadline, they shouldn’t count on a positive “April surprise” to make fiscal decisions for them. There are some very real and very important…

A North Carolina mountain woman’s adventure in Bulgaria

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Why would North Carolinian Elizabeth Kostova, who is a New York Times No.1 bestselling author, set her action-packed novel in Bulgaria? I will give you an answer in a minute. But first, a little bit about her new book, “The Shadow Land.” Its main character is…

Our View— Senate reaches class size compromise

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The goal of reducing class sizes in public schools across North Carolina is an admirable one. Smaller class sizes means that teachers can devote more time to each individual student and those students can, in turn, benefit from a more focused classroom setting. The state Senate higher education committee, of…

Securing our border must be first step in immigration

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist For the last 40 years, elected officials in Washington have repeatedly tried to secure our nation’s southern border and fix our broken immigration system, but every attempt at comprehensive reform legislation has failed. While some falsely assume that this prolonged failure only affects border communities, the…

The most taxing time of the year

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist How does tax season make you feel? Angry? Tired? Probably both, but there’s a good chance you also felt a bit confused while preparing your returns. And who could blame you? The mind-numbing complexity of the Tax Code, with its myriad deductions, credits and exemptions, can…

Guest View— Reducing number of appellate judges

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The legislature swatted the other two branches of state government at once last week — quite a feat, even for this overly aggressive body. House Bill 239 reduces the N.C. Court of Appeals from 15 judges to 12 through attrition. The next three who leave the bench won’t be replaced.…

Some bills will never come due

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MARK BINKER Syndicated Columnist One of the joys of growing up in the 1970s was rotting your brain with Saturday morning cartoons while rotting your teeth with sugary cereal. But darned if they didn’t sneak in some mental nutrition amongst the G.I. Joe ads, like the three-minute ditty on how…

Don’t fear a robot invasion

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — A common theme unifying recent debates about tax reform in North Carolina and in Washington is the idea that the punitive tax treatment of business investment is a bad idea — because it discourages the purchase of plants and equipment, and, thus, job creation…