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Keep an open mind on extreme sports park

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My wife and I have been Lincoln County residents for close to 30 years. We like the relaxed country atmosphere. We also enjoy eating out at nice bar and grill type places. This of course means we have to take our money out of Lincoln County. We go to Belmont,…

Minor squabble or civil war among House Republicans?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Remember that time back in 2011 when House Republicans accidentally left the microphones on in a committee room for their closed-door caucus meeting, and their words were broadcast in the Legislative Building’s press room? For those of us lucky enough to be in the press room,…

Climate Change: A heated debate

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Debate. It’s the hallmark of an open society. We may hold different points of view on a certain topic, but we can express those views freely, without fear of repercussions. Unless, that is, you dare to question the idea of manmade global warming. That, apparently, puts…

Budget news is too good

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist A year ago, the sky was falling in North Carolina — fiscally speaking, I mean. During the latter part of 2014, liberal editorialists and Democratic operatives repeatedly predicted that the state budget would experience revenue shortfalls by the end of the fiscal year in June 2015.…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Two wrongs don’t make either right

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Two extremes were on prominent display this week. On the one side was President Barack Obama’s typically weak, half-hearted speech about the terror attacks in San Bernardino. On the other was Republican front-runner Donald Trump and his plan “calling for a ‘total and complete shutdown’ of Muslims entering the U.S.,…

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…