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Guest view: Emergency state aid

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In difficult times, good neighbors help each other out. That has always been the North Carolina way. This has been a difficult year for our farmers. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is right on target in suggesting emergency state aid. We hope his ideas will get a good hearing from his…

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Guest view: Legislative special session

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Prior to the special session of the General Assembly, Republican leaders intimated that lawmakers would consider three amendments to the state Constitution, though they declined to provide specific proposals for discussion. By adjourning Sept. 14, the Legislature left Raleigh having approved only an anti-gay measure that would enshrine discrimination in…

Columnist: Someone has to pay taxes

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It would be interesting to know what goes through the heads of corporate executives who scheme to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Are the competitive pressures at the top of the business world so intense that they simply don’t think beyond the moment? Perhaps they never imagine what…

Reader’s Forum

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Let’s change the way county values property I am a Lincoln County native and live in Unicoi, Tenn. I own 17 acres of land and a home under construction in the Hog Hill community. My belief is that the county government has overstepped its bounds with its current assessment and…

Guest View: State pensions for convicted public servants

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When it comes to cases of public malfeasance that will raise the ire of North Carolina taxpayers, former New Hanover County ABC administrator Billy Williams may be the winner. Williams, who gamed the system to pay himself an outrageous salary over the years, also bilked taxpayers out of $43,000, using…

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Why we need certificate of need

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RALEIGH — Jim Davis is right about this much: Hospitals in North Carolina shouldn’t be using any monopolistic muscle to try to prevent competition that will benefit patients and the larger public. The freshman state senator and orthodontist from Macon County is wrong on another score. “Health care is a…

Guest View: Expansion of the ACC

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It is all about money, so let’s not gild the lily with regard to the Atlantic Coast Conference expansion to 14 teams with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the lineup. Revenues from television, specifically the ESPN network that holds rights to ACC broadcasts, will increase. That contract is…