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How to discourage migrants

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated columnist The U.S. Census Bureau just confirmed what everyone already suspected: North Carolina now has more than 10 million residents. We’ve been adding an average of 281 people each day. That’s one of the fastest rates of population growth in the United States. Gov. Pat McCrory and…

Our View — Meeting Christmas needs

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The people served by Christian Ministry could be your neighbors, your family, your friends. Many people are just a lost job or bad illness away from needing help ourselves. The Christian Ministry Christmas Fund food and toy giveaway was held on Monday — a beautiful reminder of what this community…

Carolina comeback is very real

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JOHN HOOD Guest Columnist Over the next 12 months, expect to hear a great deal about the “Carolina Comeback.” It will be the reelection theme for Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republicans. And it will be the subject of withering assault by McCrory’s likely Democratic opponent, Roy Cooper, aided by…

Reader’s Forum: Lincoln County animal shelter

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Lincoln County animal shelter can become no-kill The revelations that emerged last week regarding the NC Department of Agriculture’s investigation of and subsequent penalties against Lincoln County Animal Services were not breaking news to anyone who has been paying attention over the last few years. Despite County Manager Kelly Atkins’…

Challenging NC’s legislative districts

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North Carolina Deputy Attorney General Alexander Peters put up a strong defense last month against a lawsuit challenging the state’s gerrymandered legislative districts. The case was argued before a three-judge panel in U.S. District Court in Greensboro. Plaintiffs, represented by Anita Earls of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, asked…

U.S. military should do less, not spend more

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Much is said these days about the mismatch of missions and resources for the military. A recent Rand Corporation report warned that failing to deploy a large enough Army could “lead to a failure of the U.S. strategy and subsequent regret.” But as I point out…

Hill Democrats renew push for ‘assault weapons’ ban

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WALTER OLSON Guest Columnist “1. We must do something. 2. This is something. 3. Therefore, we must do this.” That’s not just a famous line from the BBC’s old comedy Yes, Minister, it might serve as a philosophy of government for about 90 Democrats on Capitol Hill led by Rep.…

Animal Services fine warrants more attention

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Lincoln County commissioners need to get to the bottom of a recent fine levied against Animal Services by the state. The Department of Agriculture issued a $7,500 civil penalty against the county agency for several violations, including “a steady increase in deceased cats and dogs within the shelter’s kennels, along…

Democratic group seeks middle ground

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Rarely do we hear a politician talk so candidly and publicly about the shortcomings of his political party. State Rep. Ken Goodman, a Democrat from Rockingham, did that recently at a luncheon with political and business leaders from across the state. Democrats, Goodman said, lost about…

Nomination may tip state races

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Pat McCrory, Roy Cooper, Richard Burr, and many other confirmed or potential candidates for statewide office in North Carolina have plans. They have backers, and staffers, and plenty of ideas for how to win their elections next year. But there’s a key variable required before determining…