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Early voting compromises: Not perfect, but better than had been feared

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist The folks in North Carolina who want to make it harder rather than easier for people to vote – a category that features top officials of the state Republican Party – lost a big battle in the federal courts. So they’ve tried to win the war…

Bees and insecticides

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Few people are aware of the North Carolina Pesticide Board, a board established in the 1970s under legislation that seeks to control the use of insecticides in the environment. But many in North Carolina may be affected by how well this obscure panel assesses the hazards posed by relatively new…

Let the smart people do the thinking

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers are coming to Charlotte on Sunday and, yes, he’s probably going to do something stupid like kneel during the national anthem. And everyone is going to argue about who he’s disrespecting (the military? veterans? politicians? public works employees? dog…

North Carolina vastly changed post-2001

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist On Sept. 11, 2001, North Carolina’s population was approximately 8.2 million people, ranking it as the 11th largest state in the country. Fifteen years after that horrible day, North Carolina’s population has ballooned to well over 10 million. The Tar Heel State is now the nation’s…

The reason why the poverty rate fell

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IKE BRANNON Guest Columnist The massive decline in the U.S. poverty rate reported today by the Census (it fell from 14.8% of all families below to the poverty line to just 13.5%, the largest drop since the 1960s) may have come as a surprise to many economists and political commentators…

State ranks high in restraint

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina has made another top-10 list — one that should make fiscal conservatives particularly happy. The topic is government spending. As a share of gross domestic product, average state and local expenditures in the United States have fallen from 9.7 percent in 2010 to 9…

NCAA championship losses hit where it hurts

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The NCAA has hit us where it hurts. The college athletics organization has announced that seven championship games won’t be played in North Carolina because of House Bill 2, the law that mandates that transgender people use the public restroom that corresponds to their biological sex, rather than the sex…

Much at stake in General Assembly races

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore of Kings Mountain said in a recent interview that he believed Republicans could increase their majority in the 120-member House by two members in the November election. Republicans currently hold 74 House seats, while Democrats have 45. There is…

Reader’s Forum

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Am I deplorable? In April of 2008, Barack Obama and his liberal elitist friends said that if I was bitter and insensitive to the condition of others, I would just cling to my gun and religious beliefs. I don’t accept the bitter element of that description, but I did (and…

Voters will never be experts

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — I have strong opinions — but not about how to perform brain surgery, write a smart-phone app, design a golf course, or produce a hip hop album. Perhaps you do have a strong view about one of these, but almost certainly not about all…