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Grade us on the curve

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist As the 2016 election cycle approaches, North Carolina voters will witness a spirited political debate about how best to promote economic growth. Democrats will argue for larger government and higher taxes. Republicans will argue for smaller government and lower taxes. (Libertarians will argue for smaller government…

What book for the perfect gift this season?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Have you seen the TV ad with George Foreman? “People ask me all the time, George, how do I get my idea in front of companies.” Well, this time of year people ask me all the time “DG, what is a good book for me to…

Could Trump deliver on many promises?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump walked into Dorton Arena on the N.C. State Fairgrounds to Twisted Sister’s heavy metal anthem, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” It set a fitting tone not only for the night in Raleigh but for Trump’s campaign, which is anti-political establishment to…

State troopers deserve raises

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Most of us look at our state troopers as elite cops, the cream of the crop, the professionals who keep our highways safe. That’s what a lot of the troopers thought too, when they joined the N.C. Highway Patrol. But promises of good pay and regular raises vanished in the…

Targeting innocent citizens

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Not many people make a habit of carrying large amounts of cash around. After all, thieves could steal it. How ironic, then, that a growing threat to your money are the people you’d call if your money was stolen: the police. And all because of a…

Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Chapel Hill in the Bush 41 Biography

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “Were you surprised that so much of the public attention to your book has been focused on President George H.W. Bush’s unflattering comments about the roles of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney in the administration of his son, President George W.…

OUR VIEW — Extreme sports park deserves support

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Empty, unused factories are a scar on any community. They’re symbols of what once was and, unfortunately, what’s not likely to come back. That’s part of what makes the Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park worthy of support from both county leaders and the community. Businessman Brittan Schnell is leading the charge…

Urban voters still outnumbered

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Commentators and academic analysts trying to make sense of North Carolina’s fascinating and ever-changing politics have been arguing lately that the state is becoming increasingly urbanized — and that this trend portends significant shifts in voting behavior and electoral outcomes. They’ve got a point. But in…

Reader’s Forum: Extreme Sports Park — 12-4-15

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Reader’s Forum from December 4, 2015 about the proposed Extreme Sports Park. The sound travels The sun is about to rise, fresh coffee brewing fills the air, I pour my cup and head out the front door, to sit and enjoy the rising sun. Most are still fast asleep in…

OUR VIEW — GOP needs new blood

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Sen. Ted Cruz believes that if the Republican Party can energize evangelical Christian voters, it can win the 2016 presidential election. According to Wall Street Journal columnist Gerald F. Seib, Cruz’s “case is this: There is an army of silent evangelical voters out there, and I can mobilize them. The…