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Losing Diane Rehm

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Diane Rehm’s scheduled visit to Elon University on April 6 is reminding fans of her public radio program how much they miss her since her retirement at the beginning of this year. For 37 years her morning talk show made her one of America’s most influential…

OUR VIEW — Every election is partisan

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Every election is partisan. State legislators recently overrode a veto by Gov. Roy Cooper, his first, that would have nullified a bill that switched superior and district court races to partisan contests. Voters in North Carolina have a right to know where their candidates stand on key issues and, like…

Reader’s Forum — 3-24-17

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State superintendent snubs public schools Recently I learned the newly elected state superintendent of education, accompanied by two Lincoln County elected officials, visited Lincoln County for the Reagan dinner at the Laboratory Mill on Friday. Before attending the dinner he visited the charter school, which apparently had been notified a…

Running UNC has long been a numbers game

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Does size matter? Apparently, it does when it comes to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The first bill Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed was a measure reducing the UNC board from 32 members to 24 members — a change pushed by the Republican-controlled…

Courts must rise to the challenge

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Do you keep up with your friends and family by typing personal letters and dropping them in the mailbox? Do you do all your shopping at the mall? When traveling, do you use a pay phone to get directions or to call a taxi? Unless you…

New repeal efforts for HB2

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It’s been a year since the legislation known as HB2 became law in North Carolina, and state legislators are still trying to figure out a way to call a mulligan and have things go back to the way they were before. No matter how it’s framed, HB2 has cost North…

Cuba: Hellhole or Jewel

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D. G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Are you thinking about taking a trip to Cuba before President Trump, as he promised during his campaign, slams the door on the travel opportunities created by the Obama administration? Last week, Wall Street Journal editorialist Mary Anastasia O’Grady wrote, “Tourists are welcome, but only…

ACA repeal an assault on people in need

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CIARA ZACHARY Guest Columnist In recent days, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives finally released and started “marking up” their long-promised and long-hidden bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ever since the transformative health care law was enacted, opponents of the ACA have tried to…

(Dis)United we stumble

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist President Trump’s executive order on immigration has more than its fair share of critics. Among them, apparently, is someone at the Department of Homeland Security. The leaked report indicating that the children of immigrants raised in America radicalize at a higher rate than their parents do…

Do we value the arts?— 3-20-15

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Lincoln County is home to many talented, original artists. The region’s rich pottery tradition is evident on the streets of Lincolnton in the city’s iconic “face jugs.” In today’s edition, staff writer Michelle T. Bernard’s profile of potter Michel Bayne and her story on the Lincoln County Senior Games’ “Silver…