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Town halls and political stunts

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Three times last week, a state Senate committee summoned Larry Hall to be vetted for his appointment to head the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Three times, committee members faced an empty table with a name card for Hall, who until Roy Cooper named him to his cabinet represented…

Civil forfeiture turns cops into criminals

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Living in a free society brings benefits, but also responsibilities. One of the most important is keeping an eye on government. You never know when lawmakers will try to do something bad — or something that seems good initially, then goes spectacularly wrong. A prime example…

Reader’s Forum

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Fee and dividend plan will help curb climate change We have already warmed our planet by two degrees Celsius. It’s now crunch time for us to curb global warming and its accompanying extreme weather events and maintain a livable planet for our grandchildren. The only choice we have to avoid…

School choice war goes hot

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NEAL MCCLUSKEY Guest Columnist With a presidential administration that is disliked for myriad reasons openly pushing school choice, what had been kind of a cold war over choice for years has exploded into a hot one. And the tip of the anti-choice spear seems to be the New York Times.…

Fixing HB2 needs a good meal together

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Where are Ruby and Jack Hunt when we need them? Somebody needs to sit our political leaders down and guide them into talking to each other about how to get our state out of the HB2 mess we have made for ourselves. That is what former…

Shelter shows power of community

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist They come in fear. They leave with hope. That’s one way to describe the many hundreds of people who make their way every year to Wilson’s Wesley Shelter, a nonprofit founded in 1983 to combat domestic violence and homelessness in this eastern North Carolina community. You…

Politicians isolate themselves

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Anyone who’s ever pulled anchor and abandoned the house, office or locker room when someone is on a rant can certainly sympathize with the Republican lawmakers who dodged public meetings during the congressional recess. No one enjoys dealing with some stranger who is foaming at…

Our View: Ditching speech permits was the right thing to do

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Lincolnton’s City Council made the right call by backing off from a proposal to issue permits for public speakers at city events. The proposed ordinance was a reaction to a common sight during city events — street preachers who aggressively evangelize the crowd. While their methods may seem unsound to…

McGrady bill merits conservative support

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Modern American conservatism weaves several strands of thought — constitutionally limited government, free-market economics, time-honored virtues, and prudent statesmanship — into a fabric that is both large enough to encompass a majority coalition and strong enough to withstand that coalition’s inevitable twists and strains.…

How North Carolina’s brand is changing for the worse

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist In 2015, then-Gov. Pat McCrory with much fanfare launched a new branding effort for North Carolina with a new state advertising logo and the slogan, “Nothing Compares.” Not long after the McCrory administration rolled out its new brand, the legislature passed HB2, bringing down an avalanche…