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Commissioners should make good on no-kill commitment On November 18, 2013, the Lincoln County Commissioners voted unanimously on the following motion: “to adopt a no kill philosophy for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter and direct staff to work with the citizens of Lincoln County to implement the goal of a…

The benefits of naloxone

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We’ve been seeing a lot of comments back and forth in The Buzz about use of the drug naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan. Some critics say that by reversing the effects of an overdose, naloxone encourages opioid users to keep abusing the drugs. Some of the judgments…

Trump doubles down on anti-immigration position

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ALEX NOWRASTEH Guest Columnist Trump’s speech in Phoenix confirmed that his supposed softening on immigration turned out to be wishful thinking. After that speech, nobody can claim that Trump’s position on immigration is too soft. Trump reiterated his position paper on immigration that called for a large-scale increase in immigration…

The struggle for women’s equality continues

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TARA ROMANO Guest Columnist Friday, August 26, is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. This amendment proclaimed that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or…

It couldn’t happen here?

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist Dilma Rousseff was never as popular as the president who anointed her as his successor. Despite her intelligence and diligence in numerous official posts, she lacked his warm personality and flair for campaigning. But she ran a very professional presidential campaign, with lots of celebrity supporters,…

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Vote for commissioners who value no-kill philosophy Commissioner Carrol Mitchem’s comments about the animal shelter published in the Aug. 29 Times-News are an affront to the thinking public. Referencing the no-kill philosophy (which Mitchem voted for in 2013), he describes it as a goal that is “nice,” something that is…

Diversion programs for juvenile offenders

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In just about every other state, if a kid who’s 16 or 17 gets in trouble with the law, he’ll go through a juvenile court and corrections system that will send him into adulthood without the formidable roadblock of a criminal record. Not so in North Carolina and New York,…

Political civility starts with us

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – Never an hour goes by without partisans on either side of the political spectrum ranting and raving at each other on social media and newspaper websites over government policies and issues. They attack each other relentlessly on politics and often don’t stop there, criticizing…

TV ads propel Cooper gains

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Labor Day traditionally begins the homestretch of political campaigns. So now is a good time to assess how key candidates are faring in North Carolina — and what would need to happen for them to finish first by Election Day. In the presidential race,…

OUR VIEW — Ordinance could be acceptable, with tweaks

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A new ordinance that would further regulate door-to-door sales in Lincoln County is off the table, at least for now. Let’s hope that at least one part of it stays that way. Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter has been working on a new ordinance that would require door-to-door salespeople to…