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Our View — HB2 repeal looks like a good deal

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Another day, another vague proposal to repeal HB2. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger held a press conference on Tuesday to “agree in principle” to a proposal by Gov. Roy Cooper to repeal HB2. Sort of. Maybe. Cooper said, according to the Raleigh News & Observer, that…

Unexpected interference at state legislature

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Let’s look back six years to the beginning of this Republican legislative era and ask: Has the GOP done what we, or at least I, expected? On tax changes: Yes. They returned the sales tax to 6.75 percent, flattened the progressive income tax to one…

Legislature returns to tax reform

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina’s economy continues to expand at a relatively rapid pace. Over the last year, for example, our gross domestic product grew by 2.6 percent after inflation, compared to the nation’s 1.6 percent growth rate and the Southeast’s 2 percent rate. One consequence of healthy economic…

SDI at 34: Building on Reagan’s Vision

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist When a politician promises something that “holds the promise of changing the course of human history,” we naturally assume it’s typical overstatement. But when President Ronald Reagan said that on March 23, 1983, in reference to his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), he was exactly right. His…

OUR VIEW — Board members miss public hearing

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There’s been a lot of talk in the news and on social media over the past months about politicians and their responsiveness to the constituents they serve. Members of Congress, and particularly Republicans, have been criticized for not holding town hall meetings in their districts and states. Forgive us if…

School reform requires strong leaders

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist My father was Darth Vader. No, that doesn’t make me a Jedi Knight. My father was also Boss Hogg and a range of other bad guys. During his nearly two decades as principal of North Carolina’s largest elementary school, located in the Mecklenburg County community of…

Losing Diane Rehm

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Diane Rehm’s scheduled visit to Elon University on April 6 is reminding fans of her public radio program how much they miss her since her retirement at the beginning of this year. For 37 years her morning talk show made her one of America’s most influential…

OUR VIEW — Every election is partisan

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Every election is partisan. State legislators recently overrode a veto by Gov. Roy Cooper, his first, that would have nullified a bill that switched superior and district court races to partisan contests. Voters in North Carolina have a right to know where their candidates stand on key issues and, like…

Reader’s Forum — 3-24-17

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State superintendent snubs public schools Recently I learned the newly elected state superintendent of education, accompanied by two Lincoln County elected officials, visited Lincoln County for the Reagan dinner at the Laboratory Mill on Friday. Before attending the dinner he visited the charter school, which apparently had been notified a…

Running UNC has long been a numbers game

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Does size matter? Apparently, it does when it comes to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The first bill Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed was a measure reducing the UNC board from 32 members to 24 members — a change pushed by the Republican-controlled…