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Clinton needs Biden. So do we.

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist For her sake, and for ours, I hope Hillary Clinton asks Joe Biden to run for a third vice presidential term this fall. There are several important reasons; the most important one is at the end of this column. She needs help in dampening the appeal…

North Carolina is no exception

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Although North Carolina encompasses many islands, our state is certainly not an island when it comes to economic growth and social development. We are part of a region, the Southeastern United States, that has been growing and developing for many decades. I know this is hardly…

State should settle quickly with eugenics victims

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Between 1929 and 1974, the state of North Carolina sterilized around 7,600 people whom it deemed unfit for parenting. Other states had similar eugenics programs, but most discontinued them after World War II because it so resembled Nazi Germany’s push to create a pure master race. Not so in North…

Moving city elections to even years

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Rep. Paul Stam is pushing a bill that would move North Carolina’s municipal elections from odd-numbered to even years. Easy for him — the powerful Apex Republican leader isn’t seeking re-election this year. He can watch the chaos from the comfort of retirement. As a state League of Municipalities leader…

Feel-good foreign policy toward North Korea won’t help

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Dealing with North Korea brings to mind Sisyphus, the mythological Greek king condemned for eternity to roll a stone up a hill, only to watch it roll back down. Whatever the U.S. does, Kim Jong-un again will fire missiles, test nukes, and threaten to lay waste…

Tracing the Islamic State’s ‘allure’

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JOHN MUELLER Guest Columnist In a prominent article about Islamic State in the Washington Post last weekend, Carol Morell and Jody Warrick suggest that, by massacring people in various locales, the group was growing in appeal — or “allure” in the words of the headline writer. How this remarkable process…

Rules for homecare workers upheld, time for NC to get on board

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CAROL BROOKE Guest Columnist If there were a contest to identify the most neglected group of workers in modern North Carolina, the folks commonly referred to as homecare workers would be top contenders. Homecare workers – including certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers, and companions –…

OUR VIEW — New city manager role lacks oversight

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Lincolnton’s City Council made a good decision by hiring a permanent city manager and moving the city forward six months after the firing of former manager Jeff Emory. But the circumstances of the hire, and the division of responsibilities now at city hall, leaves a bit to be desired. City…

Trump’s trade proposals borrowed from Democrats

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K. WILLIAM WATSON Guest Columnist Donald Trump’s campaign has undoubtedly given protectionist rhetoric a new energy in American politics. China, he says, is “killing us on trade” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership is “a rape of our country.” Early on, he got attention for calling for a 45 percent tariff on…

Another late night of lawmaking

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Remember those all-nighters spent cramming for college finals, when NoDoz and coffee were your best friends and procrastination was your worst enemy? After studying all night, you were left exhausted the next day and your test score probably wasn’t as high as you’d hoped. You probably…