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Feel-good foreign policy toward North Korea won’t help

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Dealing with North Korea brings to mind Sisyphus, the mythological Greek king condemned for eternity to roll a stone up a hill, only to watch it roll back down. Whatever the U.S. does, Kim Jong-un again will fire missiles, test nukes, and threaten to lay waste…

Tracing the Islamic State’s ‘allure’

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JOHN MUELLER Guest Columnist In a prominent article about Islamic State in the Washington Post last weekend, Carol Morell and Jody Warrick suggest that, by massacring people in various locales, the group was growing in appeal — or “allure” in the words of the headline writer. How this remarkable process…

Rules for homecare workers upheld, time for NC to get on board

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CAROL BROOKE Guest Columnist If there were a contest to identify the most neglected group of workers in modern North Carolina, the folks commonly referred to as homecare workers would be top contenders. Homecare workers – including certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers, and companions –…

OUR VIEW — New city manager role lacks oversight

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Lincolnton’s City Council made a good decision by hiring a permanent city manager and moving the city forward six months after the firing of former manager Jeff Emory. But the circumstances of the hire, and the division of responsibilities now at city hall, leaves a bit to be desired. City…

Trump’s trade proposals borrowed from Democrats

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K. WILLIAM WATSON Guest Columnist Donald Trump’s campaign has undoubtedly given protectionist rhetoric a new energy in American politics. China, he says, is “killing us on trade” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership is “a rape of our country.” Early on, he got attention for calling for a 45 percent tariff on…

Another late night of lawmaking

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Remember those all-nighters spent cramming for college finals, when NoDoz and coffee were your best friends and procrastination was your worst enemy? After studying all night, you were left exhausted the next day and your test score probably wasn’t as high as you’d hoped. You probably…

Campaigns go back to future

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist During North Carolina’s primary elections earlier this year, did you get a visit to your home from a campaign worker? If so, you are far from alone. One of the most noticeable changes in political campaigns during the past decade has been the return of door-to-door…

OUR VIEW — Clinton’s email use was only ‘careless’

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FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state was “extremely careless” in the way that it put sensitive material at risk, but that the FBI “did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her…

House Republicans stand up to questionable process

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – By the time the General Assembly adjourned in early July, Republican House members were fed up. Their frustrations weren’t only with legislation considered on the final days of session. They also were irritated with the process by which bills ended up in front of…

Our two most famous citizens

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist If I asked you to name our state’s best-known citizen, living or dead, whom would you suggest? Hint: What if I said to think of people of who lived in Mount Airy? I bet you would then say Andy Griffith. After all, his still popular TV…