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Hot-button issues reign on TV

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ROY CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist You don’t need a poll to tell you how tight the major North Carolina races are. All you have to do is turn on your TV and watch the political commercials featuring such sexually-laden issues as rape, sexual offenders and men going into girls’ locker rooms.…

Cooper still bets on Obamacare

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has just been approved to raise the premiums of its health plans within the state’s Affordable Care Act exchanges by an average of 24 percent. This is larger than Blue Cross’s original request for a 19 percent hike, and…

Reader’s Forum

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HB2 goes beyond restrooms Pastor Andy Royals wrote a good letter for Pat McCrory, one of the worst governors we have ever had, cutting taxes on the right and raising taxes and fees on the people who could least afford them. I’m sure he has preached these falsehoods in his…

Reader’s Forum

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HB2 is unenforceable I would like to ask the ardent supporters of HB2 several questions. Does it apply only to adults or does it cover school-aged children as well? Is the violation a misdemeanor or a felony? These are trick questions. They have no answer. That’s because, unlike other legislation,…

Roy Cooper got it wrong

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew is devastating. The images are heartbreaking. The numbers are overwhelming. Dozens of lives lost. Hundreds of serious injuries. Thousands of people displaced into shelters. Tens of thousands still without basic utilities. Hundreds of thousands still recovering from costly disruptions of their…

Oh Charlotte, my Charlotte

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What are you going to say about Charlotte? Asking me that question are some friends who know my roots are in Mecklenburg County. I spent more than half of my working career in Charlotte, and I remain bound to that community by friendships and admiration for…

Election offers distinct choices

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Early voting begins in North Carolina on Thursday and, no matter where you fall on the spectrum of political ideology, it’s of the utmost importance that you exercise your constitutional right to vote in this election. The stakes at the national level are both enormous and obvious. Eight years of…

Ending accidents on NC roadways

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Its goal is to end deaths and serious injuries on our roads in 30 years. In 2015, about 1,400 people died on state roads, which mirrors the 10-year average of 1,432 fatalities and 115,609 injuries from 2004-13. The trend line has changed alarmingly this year. Last week, the National Highway…

Farm bill will be pressing issue for next president

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CHRIS EDWARDS Guest Columnist An important issue on the plate of the incoming president will be the next farm bill. Current farm programs run through September 2018, and farm bill supporters are already making plans to extend and expand them. I have posted a new essay on why farm subsidies…

Democrats would raise sales taxes

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If Roy Cooper and North Carolina Democrats regain control of state government in Raleigh, where would they get the money to pay for all the spending promises they are making? If you were watching the October 11 debate between Cooper and the governor he wants to…