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Urban voters still outnumbered

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Commentators and academic analysts trying to make sense of North Carolina’s fascinating and ever-changing politics have been arguing lately that the state is becoming increasingly urbanized — and that this trend portends significant shifts in voting behavior and electoral outcomes. They’ve got a point. But in…

Reader’s Forum: Extreme Sports Park — 12-4-15

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Reader’s Forum from December 4, 2015 about the proposed Extreme Sports Park. The sound travels The sun is about to rise, fresh coffee brewing fills the air, I pour my cup and head out the front door, to sit and enjoy the rising sun. Most are still fast asleep in…

OUR VIEW — GOP needs new blood

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Sen. Ted Cruz believes that if the Republican Party can energize evangelical Christian voters, it can win the 2016 presidential election. According to Wall Street Journal columnist Gerald F. Seib, Cruz’s “case is this: There is an army of silent evangelical voters out there, and I can mobilize them. The…

Four things to watch during election filing period

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist We’ll know much about the 2016 elections after the first three weeks of December. Why? That’s the period for candidates across the state – including for governor and all 170 General Assembly seats – to fill out paperwork and pay fees to get their names on…

Turkey: No friend of the West

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Turkey’s rash decision to shoot down a Russian plane for allegedly violating its airspace isn’t likely to trigger World War III. But Ankara demonstrated that it stands with the Islamic State and against the West. The Obama administration’s war against ISIL is turning into another interminable…

Read income data carefully

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Over the past 12 months, North Carolina has experienced faster income growth than the rest of the country, regardless of whether the measure is average income per person or median income by household. But this bit of good news for our state comes after years of…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t be a rube

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The glee from the left-wing intelligentsia was almost palpable in the immediate aftermath of the shootings at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Their basic premises were confirmed all at once — gun-toting right-wing extremists are only one shoddily edited video away from shooting up an abortion clinic. It was…

Not everything that’s unseemly should be illegal

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LYA SHAPIRO and RANDAL JOHN MEYER Guest Columnists The explosion in criminal statutes is only a part of the problem of overcriminalization. The other side of the coin is prosecutorial discretion: a prosecutor’s official authority to charge certain offenses and not to charge others. The growth of criminal codes, state…

Doing right by Syria’s refugees

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist Against the toxic brew of fear and political opportunism that has enveloped America’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis stand principles of compassion and common sense. The N.C. Council of Churches is proud to embrace those principles and to support a clear-eyed yet generous policy toward…

Providing therapy for our veterans

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Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr. has been working, without success, to gain approval for military doctors to prescribe hyperbaric oxygen therapy for mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Defense Department refutes claims of successful treatment, based on its own clinical trials, veterans who have received the…