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A Venezuela Gas Price Spike?

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THOMAS A. FIREY PETER VAN DOREN Guest Columnist Talk of oil sanctions is in the air. Some would like the Trump administration to ban the importation of crude oil from Venezuela in response to that country’s recent fraudulent election. And some are predicting that if such a boycott were implemented,…

Uh-oh – it’s the legislature, again

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist Better get used to it. The N.C. General Assembly, after an all-too-brief adjournment during July, is about to reopen for business in its marble and masonry maze on Raleigh’s Jones Street. Given this legislature’s track record so far, the big question would seem to be: How…

Guest View— 8-4-17 Budget cuts affecting the justice system

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In late 2015, High Point and Elon universities conducted important polling for a commission established by N.C. Chief Justice Mark Martin. The findings made a sad statement. Among them: Eighty percent of respondents believed that the wealthy receive better treatment in court than do average people; 73 percent thought ordinary…

Looking for ancestors

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Paul T. O’Connor Syndicated columnist RALEIGH – Anyone who owns a Bible recording vital family dates is blessed in more than a religious sense. Knowing the names and important dates of one’s family members is a gift from previous generations. Now five months into a new hobby – more an…

Evidence shows that freedom works

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — I know many Democrats and progressives who continue to be frustrated by the conservative Republicans who have controlled the North Carolina General Assembly since 2010. The Left has spent years stating and restating its standard narrative about our state: that North Carolina has historically…

Miller Doesn’t Understand the Economics of Immigration

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ALEX NOWRASTEH Guest Columnist Senior Trump administration aide Stephen Miller gave a press briefing yesterday defending the RAISE Act – a bill introduced by Sens. Cotton (R-AR) and Perdue (R-GA) that would slash the number of legal immigrants without increasing skilled or merit-based immigration. The purpose of the RAISE Act…

GUEST VIEW — Rowan County court decision

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The Rowan County Board of Commissioners all but established Christianity as an official religion. A federal appeals court last week said it went too far. “For years on end, the elected members of the county’s Board of Commissioners composed and delivered pointedly sectarian invocations,” Judge J. Harvey Wilkinson III wrote…

Privatizing school bus safety

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COLIN CAMPBELL Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Drivers who pass stopped school buses could get fined up to $1,000 under a bill that Gov. Roy Cooper signed on July 25 — but the hefty fine isn’t why legislators from both parties opposed the measure. The technology is similar to red-light cameras:…

Some reforms enjoy broad support

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — If you believe the political debate in North Carolina and the rest of the country has grown coarse, predictable, and unproductive, you’re not alone. Most of your fellow citizens agree, though they may blame different causes. The existence of political disagreement isn’t itself the…

Seventy-six trombones and the loyalties to con men

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “Seventy-six trombones led the big parade, with a hundred and ten coronets close at hand. They were followed by rows and rows of the finest virtuosos, the dream of ev’ry famous band.” Can you guess where I am going with this? “Seventy-six trombones caught the morning…