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Dealing with the death tax

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes,” Benjamin Franklin once wrote. One can only imagine what he might’ve said about the modern-day meeting of the two: the estate, or “death” tax. The death tax — the penalty families have…

Not my Commander in Chief

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist Hillary Clinton declares on the campaign trail, “Donald Trump simply doesn’t have the temperament to be president and commander in chief of the United States.” Thankfully, he isn’t going to be – not because of his standing in the polls, but because there is no such…

My grandmother, voter ID and the federal courts

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TARA ROMANO Guest Columnist When my grandmother passed away a few years ago at age 96, she was renting an apartment, had a bank account, and was generally able to get around on her own for the most part, although she did have regular visits with a variety of medical…

Powerful ideas drive political debate

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The science fiction pioneer H.G. Wells once observed that “human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.” This is a wise observation — and it speaks to the political debate we’ve been having here in North Carolina over the past several years. Wells himself was…

(Don’t) Blame the media

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist It’s a fad – if not an obsession – for politicians to blame the “liberal mainstream media” for just about everything. What they write about. What they don’t write about. How they write about what they write about. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign is sending…

At last, partisan gerrymandering challenged

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Another month, another legal challenge related to voting and election fairness in North Carolina. And this one – which challenges partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts by the Republican-led General Assembly – could have far greater impacts on voters and the future of this state than perhaps…

A word to make Trump immortal

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist  He has put his mark on buildings and businesses that might last a lifetime. But could he more effectively gain immortality by adding his name to the language? That is the way, for instance, that Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry did it 200 years ago. He signed…

Jobless rate misses full story

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Is the full picture of our labor market captured in the official unemployment rate? The answer to that question is no — but that doesn’t mean there’s a conspiracy afoot. In Washington, Republicans have long argued that the steady decline in America’s unemployment rate doesn’t mean…

Language matters: Resetting our sights on low-cost housing

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VANESSA BROWN CALDER Guest Columnist Housing affordability, an issue paid considerable attention over the previous two decades, doesn’t show signs of meaningful national improvement. This even despite the almost $50 billion HUD spends in taxpayer dollars annually on solving the affordability crisis and related concerns. So what gives? One likely…

Battling the Islamic State: U.S. must focus on its own enemies in future

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist The so-called Islamic State is losing ground. The liberation of Mosul, Iraq’s third most populous city, may be the Baghdad government’s next objective. Yet even as the “caliphate” shrinks in the Middle East, Daesh, as the group also is known, is increasing its murderous attacks on…