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Time to ask the EPA some hard questions

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Remember the Gold King mine spill in Colorado last August? Probably not. It was big news at the time, with pictures of people kayaking in the state’s Animas River, which had turned a kind of sickly yellow from a flood of toxic waste water accidentally dumped…

NC’s new voter ID requirement

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Proponents of North Carolina’s new voter ID requirement are mystified as to why anyone would object to showing identification before casting a vote. You have to show a photo ID for things much less important than voting, the say. And besides, almost everyone has a photo ID, and those who…

OUR VIEW — A Cuban standoff

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There won’t be any dramatic benefits for Americans if the U.S. fully normalizes relations with Cuba. But the Caribbean nation, with a population of about 11 million, according to the CIA’s World Factbook — less than the estimated population of Ohio — has been the beneficiary of a diplomatic drive…

Reader’s Forum: Say no to socialism — 2-19-16

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Say no to socialism I am dismayed by the support a confessed socialist is gaining among young people. They need to understand what socialism actually is. We are told that any collective government is “the greatest good for the majority of the people.” But if the rights or property of…

Our state gets boring

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina is a boring state. Okay, hold the rotten tomatoes. I’m not attacking my home state. I’m not denying the amenities and attractions it has in abundance. What I have in mind is that the average North Carolinian is now quite close to the average…

OUR VIEW — Cloninger’s experience, dedication will be missed

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John “Les” Cloninger’s resignation from his seat on Lincolnton’s City Council marks the end of the run of the city’s longest-tenured elected official. His experience and dedication will be missed. One of the Ward 4 Democrat’s greatest achievements during his 16-plus years on the council was the creation of the…

NC schools ranked seventh

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina’s public schools are currently producing better results than you might think, according to a recent analysis of independent testing data. But there’s bad news, as well: North Carolina’s rate of improvement has lagged behind the national average since the turn of the 21st century.…

Responding to North Korea’s latest provocation

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist For many years Korea has been known as “The Land of the Morning Calm.” Sunday, Feb. 7, I could have added a post-script: “The morning calm and the afternoon chaos!” I was sitting at Seoul’s magnificent Incheon International Airport waiting to board my flight back home,…

Antonin Scalia, revolutionary

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ILYA SHAPIRO Guest Columnist Justice Antonin Scalia, who was marking his 30th year on the Supreme Court, is indisputably the most influential jurist of my lifetime (and probably longer than that). He reoriented the study and practice of constitutional law toward the meaning of the actual Constitution and the interpretation…

OUR VIEW — Scalia’s seat can wait

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The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has huge implications for both the immediate and long-term future of the country. Scalia, a Reagan appointee, “invigorated conservative jurisprudence and revived a focus on the Constitution’s original meaning,” according to The Wall Street Journal. President Barack Obama’s choice of a successor,…