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Trump and Clinton boost Obama

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist President Barack Obama’s job-approval rating has risen over the past two months. I think I know the reason why — and North Carolina politicians should take note of it. First the numbers. If you look at the historical data from polling aggregators like RealClearPolitics.com, you will…

Introducing “American Big Brother: A Century of Political Surveillance and Repression”

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PATRICK EDDINGTON Guest Columnist The public relations and legal battle between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple over the company’s use of encryption has put the focus on executive branch surveillance in a way not seen since Edward Snowden’s revelations almost three years ago. However, as the historical record…

Guest View: The response to overdoses

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It’s hard to imagine a widespread heroin epidemic in America today, but our area has been plagued in the past couple of years by a resurgence in overdoses, sometimes deadly, from this lethal drug. Lives have been senselessly lost and families devastated. We’re glad our local officers are fighting back.…

Reader’s Forum: Heroes and Patriots — 3-28-16

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Heroes and Patriots Isn’t it a shame that the heroes of our youth, those who led this nation into greatness, and that we first learned about in our elementary and high school American History classes, are now being discredited to the point where many are considered to have been evil,…

Responding to Brussels

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A. TREVOR HALL Guest columnist Just four days after Salah Abdeslam, the mastermind of last fall’s Paris attacks, was finally captured, the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday morning’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. The attacks, which have killed more than 30 and wounded almost 200, provide another chilling…

Few surprises in North Carolina primaries

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist When all was said and done March 15, very few eyebrows raised across the state as a result of North Carolina primaries. In a year when the outsider is supposed to have an advantage, the lack of surprises was somewhat of a surprise. Looking at the…

Editor’s Note: Commissioner criticism of LTN investigation was baseless

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I wouldn’t tell Bill Beam how to write a speeding ticket. I wouldn’t tell Carrol Mitchem how to plow a field. And I wouldn’t tell Martin Oakes how to write software. I wouldn’t tell these men how to do these things because they’ve done them for a living and I…

Food, basketball, race, waterways, politics and a new literary thriller

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Primary elections are over, spring has come, we’ve sprung forward an hour, and it is time for me to suggest books for you to consider for the new season’s reading. Memories and recipes for family meals, how a basketball game broke the rigid rules of segregation…

Let’s learn how to disagree

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When it comes to politics, North Carolina is a closely divided state. Look at party, for instance. According to a March poll for WRAL-TV, 32 percent of registered voters in our state identified themselves as Republicans. The same share, 32 percent, identified themselves as Democrats. (Self-reported…

The county that voted against the bonds

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Nestled between Camp Lejeune to its north and Wilmington to its south, Pender County boasts tourist destinations like Surf City and Topsail Beach. Its farmers grow delicious blueberries, and its annual Spot Festival pays homage to one of the main fish caught along the coast there.…