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Our View: Ditching speech permits was the right thing to do

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Lincolnton’s City Council made the right call by backing off from a proposal to issue permits for public speakers at city events. The proposed ordinance was a reaction to a common sight during city events — street preachers who aggressively evangelize the crowd. While their methods may seem unsound to…

McGrady bill merits conservative support

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Modern American conservatism weaves several strands of thought — constitutionally limited government, free-market economics, time-honored virtues, and prudent statesmanship — into a fabric that is both large enough to encompass a majority coalition and strong enough to withstand that coalition’s inevitable twists and strains.…

How North Carolina’s brand is changing for the worse

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist In 2015, then-Gov. Pat McCrory with much fanfare launched a new branding effort for North Carolina with a new state advertising logo and the slogan, “Nothing Compares.” Not long after the McCrory administration rolled out its new brand, the legislature passed HB2, bringing down an avalanche…

Our View: An immigration policy shift?

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President Donald Trump’s immigration policy might be getting a bit more rational. Trump told a group of news anchors “that he is open to a broad immigration overhaul that would grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes,” according to a New York Times…

Faculty lacks perspective on politics

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist See if you can follow this logic. The Faculty Assembly of the University of North Carolina has just asked a regional accreditation board to investigate recent policy disputes involving the UNC system. If the accreditors conclude that something is amiss, they could sanction individual UNC campuses,…

Trump’s ‘shameful’ change to transgender bathroom policy

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NEAL MCCLUSKEY Guest Columnist President Donald Trump’s administration has rescinded the Obama administration’s “Dear Colleague” letter requiring that public schools let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. It was probably the right thing do, and there was nothing “shameful” about the decision: equally decent people…

U.S. economic freedom hits new low

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Its official title is “2017 Index of Economic Freedom.” But you could also call it “President Obama’s Report Card.” At least when it comes to the United States. The Index scores and ranks for almost every country, after all. And the news for the rest of…

Guest View: Gov. Cooper’s teacher pay plan

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Gov. Roy Cooper wants to give North Carolina’s teachers a big raise. And then he wants to do it again. Good, for several reasons. For one, they deserve it. Teachers have suffered in the lean and difficult years since the Great Recession. They went years without raises and saw their…

Our View: The HB2 ‘fix’ that isn’t

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State legislators have painted themselves into a corner in the debate over the future of HB2, to the point that even a recently proposed bipartisan “compromise” bill to repeal the law won’t satisfy either critics or supporters of placing bathroom restrictions on transgender people. HB2, the law that mandates that…

Let’s foster more new businesses

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist In today’s highly polarized climate, can we get our politicians to agree anything? Well, I can think of at least one proposition that attracts nearly universal assent: small business is the backbone of a thriving, broad-based economy. I agree with it, myself, with some caveats. First,…