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Our View: State should pass constitutional carry

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North Carolina’s legislators may soon have a chance to bring the state’s gun laws in line with what the Founding Fathers intended. Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus County) has sponsored a “constitutional carry” bill, which would eliminate the state’s requirement that people who want to carry a concealed handgun must first…

Wimpy politicians create fiscal mess

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Other than Dale Folwell, North Carolina’s new state treasurer, no state politician made a big campaign issue last fall of the condition of the health plan for teachers and state employees. Did you hear candidates for governor or legislature talk about the state’s past promise to…

Emmett Till lives on

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “America is still killing Emmett Till,” writes Duke professor Timothy Tyson in his new book, “The Blood of Emmett Till.” Tyson revisits the 1955 kidnapping and brutal killing of Till, a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi. At a country store, Till’s encounter…

Both sides now

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist These are busy times for “political pretzels,” the contortionists who are party diehards. If they stick with their party in Raleigh, they will contradict their party in Washington, and vice versa. Or, because administrations flipped in Raleigh, they may now disagree with a practice they…

Guest View: Why Gov. Cooper is boxed in

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Gov. Roy Cooper is boxed in. He wants to defy a new law subjecting his Cabinet chiefs to Senate confirmation but has no legal way out of it yet. The requirement was enacted in December. The Republican-controlled legislature convened a special session for one purpose: to hamstring the incoming Democratic…

Signing the executive order to find out what’s in it

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DAVID BIER Guest Columnist The flawed implementation of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven majority Muslim countries brings to mind then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s quip about Obamacare that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Now…

What they sought was freedom

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist In what had once been a land of opportunity and progress, the state had grown large and oppressive. Its leaders lost their way. Its people nearly lost their freedom. How oppressive had the state become? No matter how you chose to make your living, government officials…

Our View: City Council should reconsider speech ordinance

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Lincolnton’s City Council is wading into dangerous territory by considering an ordinance to require permits for people who want to address the public on city sidewalks. The proposal is the result of the city wanting to limit the activities of street preachers who regularly attend events in Lincolnton and evangelize,…

The Wilmington Ten and the Women’s March on Washington

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “The case of the Wilmington Ten amounts to one of the most egregious instances of injustice and political repression from the post-World War II black freedom struggle. It took legions of people working over the course of the 1970s to right the wrong.” These opening words…

In high schools, what’s the right amount of football?

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist The approach of Super Bowl LI and a long essay in The New Yorker magazine — with the print-edition headline, “Can Football Be Saved?’’ — brought to mind again that searing image of Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kueckly sobbing and heaving as his body coped with…