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Let the smart people do the thinking

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers are coming to Charlotte on Sunday and, yes, he’s probably going to do something stupid like kneel during the national anthem. And everyone is going to argue about who he’s disrespecting (the military? veterans? politicians? public works employees? dog…

North Carolina vastly changed post-2001

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist On Sept. 11, 2001, North Carolina’s population was approximately 8.2 million people, ranking it as the 11th largest state in the country. Fifteen years after that horrible day, North Carolina’s population has ballooned to well over 10 million. The Tar Heel State is now the nation’s…

The reason why the poverty rate fell

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IKE BRANNON Guest Columnist The massive decline in the U.S. poverty rate reported today by the Census (it fell from 14.8% of all families below to the poverty line to just 13.5%, the largest drop since the 1960s) may have come as a surprise to many economists and political commentators…

State ranks high in restraint

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina has made another top-10 list — one that should make fiscal conservatives particularly happy. The topic is government spending. As a share of gross domestic product, average state and local expenditures in the United States have fallen from 9.7 percent in 2010 to 9…

NCAA championship losses hit where it hurts

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The NCAA has hit us where it hurts. The college athletics organization has announced that seven championship games won’t be played in North Carolina because of House Bill 2, the law that mandates that transgender people use the public restroom that corresponds to their biological sex, rather than the sex…

Much at stake in General Assembly races

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore of Kings Mountain said in a recent interview that he believed Republicans could increase their majority in the 120-member House by two members in the November election. Republicans currently hold 74 House seats, while Democrats have 45. There is…

Reader’s Forum

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Am I deplorable? In April of 2008, Barack Obama and his liberal elitist friends said that if I was bitter and insensitive to the condition of others, I would just cling to my gun and religious beliefs. I don’t accept the bitter element of that description, but I did (and…

Voters will never be experts

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — I have strong opinions — but not about how to perform brain surgery, write a smart-phone app, design a golf course, or produce a hip hop album. Perhaps you do have a strong view about one of these, but almost certainly not about all…

The disturbing politics of Islamophobia

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MANZOOR CHEEMA Guest Columnist The current election cycle is, sadly, shining a light on a blatant and disturbing level of Islamophobia in the United States. What’s more, many Muslims in the United States are paying a heavy price for this bigotry. Muslims, and people perceived to be Muslims, have been…

Are ITT alternatives much better?

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NEAL MCCLUSKEY Guest Columnist The outcome was certain the moment federal and state regulators spilled blood in the water and swarmed ITT Technical Institutes, but today it became official: ITT is going out of business. No proven guilt, just accused to death. But we’ve been over all that. What is…