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What explains job growth

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Few political promises are as common as this one: “My policies will create jobs.” You hear it from candidates for federal, state, and local office, as well as from activists and commentators. Generally speaking, those on the Right tend to emphasize the government policies they believe…

Panthers make us proud

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The Carolina Panthers have made all of North Carolina proud. The team made it to Super Bowl 50 with an utter massacre of the Arizona Cardinals, and they looked like they were having fun doing it. The Panthers’ momentum is undeniable, and they’re the betting favorites to win the big…

Reader’s Forum: Leaders should help Lincolnton grow — 1-27-16

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Leaders should help Lincolnton grow It was with sadness that I read Ms Sherrill’s editorial regarding the reluctance of local boards to move forward with increasing business and activities in downtown Lincolnton. When I moved here in 2013, I was rather impressed that the downtown area was active when so…

Lofty and laudable goals in education

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Even as an often-cynical reporter, I was impressed by the collaboration among some of the state’s top education and business leaders at a recent meeting of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Education Cabinet. The panel includes representatives from K-12 public schools, the community college and university systems, the…

School reform takes big strides

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Almost exactly 15 year ago, I wrote an education reform plan for the John Locke Foundation entitled “Reach for the STARS.” I argued that low levels of reading and math proficiency, particularly among poor and minority students, were robbing the next generation of opportunity and inhibiting our…

Trickle-down was a fairy tale

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Well, what about that? Arthur Laffer was right about supply-side economics: Cut taxes, spur the economy and tax revenue goes up. That, at least, is the story North Carolina’s Republican leaders will tell in this election year. They cut personal and corporate income taxes, and General Fund receipts for the…

Conservatives and a lone libertarian take on Donald Trump

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist On Friday I joined some 20 other writers in making the case against Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. The venerable National Review, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., assembled a group of diverse critics to argue that Trump is not a conservative, not an advocate of limited…

Reader’s Forum: No-kill — 1-25-16

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County needs to commit to no-kill shelter Since its inception three years ago as “Make Lincoln County No Kill,” HATS has been a proactive group that has done everything imaginable to offer proven solutions to county commissioners, local officials and members of the Lincoln County Animal Services staff. Past and…

The year of the iconoclast

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The history books may some day look back on the 2016 presidential race, and the primary season in particular, as the year of the iconoclast. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump aren’t popular because of brilliant policy positions or particularly endearing personalities. They’re popular because they’re promising…

Most arts funding is private

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Regardless of whether you think the National Endowment for the Arts is a wonderful organization deserving taxpayer support or an example of the federal government exceeding its proper bounds, I’m willing to bet you believe the NEA plays a bigger role than it actually does. Here’s the…