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Getting back to first principles

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Americans still enjoy freedom of religion. But these days, they’re expected to leave their faith in the pew or at home — not allow it to influence their behavior in the public square. The founding fathers didn’t take that view. “Of all the dispositions and habits…

Warning signs abound, but state leaders just keep on driving

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ALLAN FREYER Guest Columnist As the fallout from HB2 continues to pile up, one bad news story at a time, I am reminded of the time a friend of mine drove from Washington, DC to Birmingham, Alabama, unintentionally by way of Miami, Florida. (In case anyone is wondering, Miami is…

The next big high-tech product: Why Concord?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Why would Alevo, a European company seeking to develop and manufacture a powerful groundbreaking battery, choose Concord, N.C., as the site of its operations, rather than some other place anywhere in the world? There are several answers to this question that I will share in a…

Drug overdose deaths deserve attention

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While the nation’s attention vacillates between Donald Trump and bathroom stalls, thousands of people are dying from overdosing on drugs prescribed to them by their doctors. And North Carolina is an epicenter of the epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that nearly 29,000 Americans died from abusing…

Reader’s Forum — 5-20-16

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Support for McHenry The safety and security of our country should be the highest importance of our elected officials. Congressman Patrick McHenry understands the importance of keeping our country safe. Patrick is a leading voice in advocating for us to destroy ISIS. Patrick also led the way on the Syrian…

Other voices in the HB2 debate

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist As you form your own opinions about House Bill 2, you’ve probably heard from LGBT activists. And you’ve probably listened to members of conservative, religious groups. Both of those groups have much at stake personally and emotionally on this issue. That doesn’t necessarily make their opinions…

State economy getting more private

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If we want North Carolina to grow and develop robustly, we have to raise taxes and use the money to “invest” in education, Medicaid, infrastructure, and other public services. That’s what left-wing politicians and activists have been insisting ever since Republicans won majorities in the North…

Turning up the heat on “climate-change deniers”

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist In the 1950s, it was: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?” Today, it’s: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a climate-change denier?” I’m not referring simply to the fact that it’s politically incorrect to question assertions…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Facebook doesn’t have to be neutral

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A tech website reported recently that “Facebook staff suppressed articles on conservative topics from the site’s ‘trending’ news section and ‘injected’ others, even if they were not trending,” according to the BBC. Cue the righteous indignation. The gist is that Facebook hid trending stories from right-wing…

How to pay teachers more

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist State lawmakers in Raleigh are about to release their budget plans for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Although they may not recommend the 5 percent average pay raise for public schoolteachers that Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a few weeks ago, there will be a substantial raise in…