Home » Archives by category » Opinion (Page 30)

State should lighten burden

Share This Post

JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Over the past five years, North Carolina has become a more attractive place to work, live, invest, and do business. The state tax burden is lower — by hundreds of millions of dollars a year — and restructured in a way that reduces the double-taxation of…

A lesson from a 5-year-old about lock-down drills

Share This Post

PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist As I drove my 5-year-old daughter to kindergarten on a recent morning, I reminded her that we were going out of town for a few days at Thanksgiving to visit family in Ohio. Her first response: “I don’t want to miss a day of school.” I…

Reader’s Forum — Airport will pay off

Share This Post

Airport will pay off Over the last few months there have been letters in your paper expressing concerns about the City of Lincolnton’s participation with the county in the operation of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County airport. In my opinion, the benefit the city gets from this joint venture with the county…

GUEST VIEW — Transparency in state government

Share This Post

How open and honest is state government in North Carolina? Not very, according to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity. The center’s 2015 State Integrity Investigation gave our state a D grade. In part, that’s because there’s a pretty significant gulf between what the law requires and…

Syrian refugees don’t pose a serious security threat

Share This Post

ALEX NOWRASTEH Guest Columnist Of the 859,629 refugees admitted from 2001 onward, only three have been convicted of planning terrorist attacks on targets outside of the United States and none was successfully carried out. That is one terrorism-planning conviction for a refugee for every 286,543 of them who have been…

OUR VIEW — Adoptive parents give a great gift

Share This Post

One of the greatest gifts a person can be given is a parent’s love. Many of us grew up in loving, happy homes with parents who cared for us and helped raise us to be the people we’ve become. That’s not always the case, though. Some children, for one reason…

Celebrating connections to winners of the North Carolina Awards

Share This Post

D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Finally, something to brag about, I thought as I made my way to the annual dinner for the presentation of this year’s North Carolina Awards. These awards recognize contributions in the fields of fine art, literature, public service and science. I am always amazed to learn…

Will politicians return Keith contributions?

Share This Post

PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist When video sweepstakes executive Chase Burns sent about $270,000 in campaign donations to dozens of North Carolina state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory in 2012, it was clear what he wanted. He wanted to make sure the sweepstakes games remained legal in the Tar Heel state,…

Government gets poor data

Share This Post

JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Politicians have two main rhetorical tools as their disposal. When they want to build rapport with voters, they use an anecdote — often about an impoverished childhood, an upwardly mobile family, or a moment of great personal triumph or tragedy. The other tool employed most often…

OUR VIEW — Time to take out Islamic State

Share This Post

The images coming out of France on Friday were shocking and horrifying. Any time a terrorist attack hits a western nation, world leaders vow to rigorously hunt down the people who are responsible. But in this case, we know which organization has claimed to be responsible. For the good of…