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State ranks high in restraint

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina has made another top-10 list — one that should make fiscal conservatives particularly happy. The topic is government spending. As a share of gross domestic product, average state and local expenditures in the United States have fallen from 9.7 percent in 2010 to 9…

NCAA championship losses hit where it hurts

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The NCAA has hit us where it hurts. The college athletics organization has announced that seven championship games won’t be played in North Carolina because of House Bill 2, the law that mandates that transgender people use the public restroom that corresponds to their biological sex, rather than the sex…

Much at stake in General Assembly races

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore of Kings Mountain said in a recent interview that he believed Republicans could increase their majority in the 120-member House by two members in the November election. Republicans currently hold 74 House seats, while Democrats have 45. There is…

Reader’s Forum

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Am I deplorable? In April of 2008, Barack Obama and his liberal elitist friends said that if I was bitter and insensitive to the condition of others, I would just cling to my gun and religious beliefs. I don’t accept the bitter element of that description, but I did (and…

Voters will never be experts

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — I have strong opinions — but not about how to perform brain surgery, write a smart-phone app, design a golf course, or produce a hip hop album. Perhaps you do have a strong view about one of these, but almost certainly not about all…

The disturbing politics of Islamophobia

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MANZOOR CHEEMA Guest Columnist The current election cycle is, sadly, shining a light on a blatant and disturbing level of Islamophobia in the United States. What’s more, many Muslims in the United States are paying a heavy price for this bigotry. Muslims, and people perceived to be Muslims, have been…

Are ITT alternatives much better?

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NEAL MCCLUSKEY Guest Columnist The outcome was certain the moment federal and state regulators spilled blood in the water and swarmed ITT Technical Institutes, but today it became official: ITT is going out of business. No proven guilt, just accused to death. But we’ve been over all that. What is…

Tired of guilt by association

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist One of the annoying things about politics these days – and there are many – is how candidates constantly try to connect their opponents to everything bad in the world. Hardly a day goes by in election season without one political party linking candidates from the…

Windmills in the state

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The debate about wind turbines in eastern North Carolina is healthy. The proposed Apex Timbermill Wind development in Chowan and Perquimans counties has generated both support and opposition. It would be the region’s second commercial wind project, providing construction and maintenance jobs, offering income to landowners and contributing to a…

Preventing texting while driving

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Drivers know it’s a hazard, a potentially deadly one. Law enforcement certainly knows it. So why, then, do people on American highways — and in North Carolina — continue to text while driving? Likely, they think they’re being more careful than they are. “I’ve always got one eye on the…