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Reader’s Forum: WhiteHouse Park – Building an Opportunity

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WhiteHouse Park – Building an Opportunity When I first shared my goal of an educational and training facility with family and friends a couple of years ago, I wanted to build a foundation in these young athletes’ lives to excel in life and their passion for extreme sports. Witnessing it…

Free speech doesn’t depend on the eye of the beholder

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ILYA SHAPIRO JAYME WEBER Guest Columnists Nearly 40 years ago, the Supreme Court held in Wooley v. Maynard (1977) — the famous “Live Free or Die” case from New Hampshire — that the First Amendment protects against being compelled to convey a message displayed on a state-issued license plate. Nevertheless,…

Americans should aid Syrian refugees here and abroad

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist “Syrians are everywhere,” an aid worker told me. “Everybody is poor now.” Well over a million Syrians are scattered across Lebanon, many in small “tented settlements.” Almost half live in sub-standard housing; many lack fuel and warm clothes for winter. Jordan hosts even more Syrians at…

Guest View: Growth can bring new challenges

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North Carolina’s population has now passed 10 million, a round number that gives us a reason to reflect on our state’s fast growth as we enter a new year. The nation’s ninth largest state, we’ll likely gain a congressional seat in 2020, adding clout in Washington. But the growth also…

Reader’s Forum – 1-1-16

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Reader’s forum for January 1, 2016. Make no-kill shelter a reality I spoke before the Lincoln County commissioners on Nov. 16, as a co-presenter on behalf of Helping Animals to Survive (HATS) to alert local leaders about a number of concerns related to Lincoln County Animal Services. The video of…

Don’t expect a lame-duck 2016

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist With the filing period over for election candidates, it is natural to look ahead to November. Let’s not do that. There’s still the second year of the biennium to get through, with the 2016 legislative session beginning April 25. Although the so-called “short session” is theoretically…

The best is yet to come

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Good riddance to 2015 — 2016 is when the real fun will begin. Lincoln County will get at least one new commissioner and, of course, the country will elect a new president. Presidential election years are a special kind of high for politics junkies, and people…

7 quotes that sum up 2015 in N.C. politics

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist As we look ahead to 2016, here are seven quotes to remind you about several of the top stories of 2015. “This is an age-old story of abuse of power and greed. It’s despicable.” Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman, on former State Employees Association of…

New Bookwatch season — off to a great start

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist One thing about the New Year is for sure, and I am celebrating it. A new season of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch begins January 10. The first six programs of the new season include three that feature North Carolina writers who were honored recently in Raleigh…

What if recession comes?

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist History tells us that we are overdue for an economic recession. Now, History with a capital “H” is not our infallible overlord. Its insights can be imprecise and confusing. Nevertheless, while there is debate about what causes the business cycle, few deny its continued existence. The…