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Impact fee policy needs clarity

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist id to have come out of the House Bill 2 controversy, it would be a broader understanding of how limited the powers of local governments are in our state. Before the dispute, many North Carolinians seem to think that the relationship between Raleigh and localities is…

Big Government: No friend of the poor

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist When you’re a conservative, you have to develop a thick skin. You get used to hearing how heartless you are. How devoid of compassion. And why? Because you don’t automatically support every government program that purports to help poor people. Why, you conservatives must hate poor…

Ancient Greek historian, a NC native and war with China

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist While President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping were getting to know each other last weekend, a native North Carolinian was warning that the United States and China are on the brink of war. Graham Allison grew up in Charlotte where he was a football…

Guest View— North Carolina’s bathroom bill

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Gov. Roy Cooper and the business people who helped put together the compromise that repealed the infamous HB2 are catching heat for it, probably more than they deserve. But the points of critics should be well-taken, and over the next months Cooper and others should work to fine-tune the compromise…

Reader’s Forum— 4-12-17

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Prior commitment led to missed public hearing At the Lincoln County school board meeting on March 7 and March 14, I reported to the chairman, Mark Mullen, and other board members that I could not attend the meeting on re-alignment on March 23 at Kiser Elementary. Our chairman stated that…

Confirmation conflict no showstopper so far

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MARK BINKER Guest Columnist RALEIGH — It was supposed to be the best show in Raleigh without a cover charge or two-drink minimum. For the first time in North Carolina’s history, lawmakers would summon the folks a governor appointed to run his cabinet departments and pass judgment on whether they…

Campuses should foster free speech

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist During my recent week as a “practitioner in residence” at Duke University, speaking to a wide range of faculty and students, I felt more than welcome on a campus where my conservative viewpoint was far from the mainstream. But perhaps my experience wasn’t the norm. After…

Our View— Missile strikes in Syria

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The result of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria was evident in the faces of the men, women and children who were killed in a chemical weapons attack by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad last week. President Barack Obama’s policy of tacit support for friendly rebel groups and the…

For high schoolers, power in the gentle nudge of good guidance

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FERREL GUILLORY Syndicated Columnist David Coleman, president of The College Board, told the UNC Board of Governors that the university system has “enormous power, latent power’’ to influence the course of teenagers through high school and into college. While he spoke to UNC policy makers and administrators at the board’s…

Business drive for compromise on HB2 follows an NC tradition

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist The House Bill 2 controversy was such a titanic struggle because it tapped into two deep veins of North Carolina politics — business progressivism and social conservatism. It is hardly surprising that Charlotte business leaders helped midwife a compromise agreement to repeal HB2, the state law…