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Four thoughts from Christopher Chung

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist For more than a year, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina has been the main recruiter of new jobs to the state, taking over from the Commerce Department. I sat down for an hour last week with Christopher Chung, the partnership’s chief executive officer, who…

End America’s busted nation-building in Afghanistan

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Afghanistan is a bust. The Taliban is expanding its control. The number of “security incidents” was up a fifth in the last months of 2015 over the previous year. Popular confidence is at its lowest level in a decade. U.S. military officers now speak of a…

OUR VIEW — Raids against IS hit in wrong country

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The foreign policy motto of President Barack Obama’s administration must be “Too Little, Too Late.” According to The New York Times, “the United States has carried out at least a dozen operations — including commando raids and airstrikes — in the past three weeks against militants in Afghanistan aligned with…

Help children’s health by closing the coverage gap

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ROB THOMPSON Guest Columnist University researchers at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health recently released a new study showing the profound benefits of expanding health coverage to uninsured, low-income adults in the health care coverage gap. The study compares the health of low-income adults in states that have expanded…

Reader’s Forum — 2-2-16

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County needs leadership to make shelter no-kill In Cecelia Allran Martin’s campaign profile in Tuesday’s Lincoln Times News, she blames the public “for bringing sick and injured animals to the shelter.” She tries to distance herself from her own voting record by saying that she only voted to “try” the…

No-kill efforts could sway election

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It’s refreshing to see citizens unite, organize and advocate at the local level for the changes they want to see in their government. It’s even better when the changes they want to see are noble and just. Humane Voters of Lincoln County has become a very real force in the…

House and Senate monopolies

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist North Carolina’s primary elections are less than two months away, on March 15. With primary battles taking place in North Carolina for president (of course), U.S. Senate, governor and many other down-ballot races, this is an important time for voters. But in 54 of this state’s…

Getting back to “E Pluribus Unum”

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist America has always been a melting pot. We are a nation founded by people from all over the world who came here seeking a better life for themselves and their families. So why is immigration such a hot-button issue? To be sure, it has often been…

What explains job growth

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Few political promises are as common as this one: “My policies will create jobs.” You hear it from candidates for federal, state, and local office, as well as from activists and commentators. Generally speaking, those on the Right tend to emphasize the government policies they believe…

Panthers make us proud

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The Carolina Panthers have made all of North Carolina proud. The team made it to Super Bowl 50 with an utter massacre of the Arizona Cardinals, and they looked like they were having fun doing it. The Panthers’ momentum is undeniable, and they’re the betting favorites to win the big…