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NC joins the Magnificent Seven

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When it comes to economic growth, North Carolina is one of the Magnificent Seven. No, I’m not going to make an argument that the Tar Heel State is somehow analogous to the characters played by the likes of Steve McQueen or Yul Brynner in the classic 1960 Western — or…

Fund will protect clean land and water

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U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican from Winston-Salem, deserves a big nod for his role in passing legislation that will help preserve clean land and water in North Carolina and the rest of the nation. Burr was instrumental in the U.S. Senate’s permanent re-authorization of the Land and Water Conservation…

Standing up for religious liberty

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist To see religious liberty under attack in the United States is disheartening — and more than a little ironic. This nation was founded, after all, by people seeking a land where they were free to live their faith without fear of persecution. Not simply to believe…

Summer reading and lessons about campus names and renaming

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What can Yale University teach UNC-Chapel Hill and other universities about naming and renaming college buildings and programs? What does Yale’s solution have to do with North Carolina and one of the books I recommend for early summer reading? Yale divides its undergraduates into separate colleges,…

OUR VIEW — Access to anti-overdose drug could save lives

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Prescription drug and opiate abuse is a growing epidemic across North Carolina and the United States. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that in North Carolina “there was a more than five-fold increase in heroin deaths from 2010 to 2014, reaching 246 deaths, according to state health statistics.” While the…

What are your priorities for state government?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist This column is what we call in newsroom parlance a “fetcher.” I’m not attempting to tell you something you don’t know, but rather asking for input on the most important issues facing North Carolina as we trudge toward the November elections. I hope to use your…

Tax choices define policy options

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Relatively speaking, North Carolina has a low rate of property taxation. That’s a basic fact of public finance — but its implications are varied, significant, and under appreciated. Let’s run the numbers. According to the latest Census Bureau data, crunched by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, North…

Donald Trump’s hits and misses in foreign policy

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Donald Trump has offered his foreign policy vision. It was a bit of a mishmash, but he is no Neoconservative and broke with pro-war Republican orthodoxy in important ways. The speech, delivered last week in downtown Washington, was standard campaign fare, intended to demonstrate that the…

OUR VIEW — Bring on the microbreweries

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Lincoln County commissioners would show vision by voting to approve changes to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance to allow microbreweries in general business districts and in East Lincoln. Microbreweries are popping up in towns and cities across the country. Charlotte and the western part of North Carolina already have a…

Salaries, bonuses focus of budget debate

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist It took no longer than the first budget meeting before the battle lines were drawn in what will become the biggest spending-related debate of 2016. It will be about raises and bonuses for state employees and teachers, as well as cost-of-living adjustments for government retirees. It…