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A demonstration of power

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Last week’s special legislative session was about bathrooms and safety and gay and lesbian and transgender rights. But in the big picture, it was about power. And right now, General Assembly Republicans hold all of it in the capital city. The Republicans who dominate the General…

Accident survivor: All Americans deserve the protections that saved my future

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TARA ROMANO Guest Columnist We never think it will happen to us, until it does. After a bad car accident in 2002, expert trauma surgeons and good luck saved my life, while the FMLA and generous co-workers saved my future. I was a passenger in a small compact car that…

OUR VIEW — Repeal of Charlotte ruling might do more harm than good

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North Carolina legislators have embarrassed the state by repealing a Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance and using that repeal to significantly erode civil rights in the state. The legislation, which overturned a Charlotte City Council decision that extended anti-discrimination protections to transgender people, has drawn scorn and derision from across the country,…

Trump and Clinton boost Obama

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist President Barack Obama’s job-approval rating has risen over the past two months. I think I know the reason why — and North Carolina politicians should take note of it. First the numbers. If you look at the historical data from polling aggregators like RealClearPolitics.com, you will…

Introducing “American Big Brother: A Century of Political Surveillance and Repression”

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PATRICK EDDINGTON Guest Columnist The public relations and legal battle between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple over the company’s use of encryption has put the focus on executive branch surveillance in a way not seen since Edward Snowden’s revelations almost three years ago. However, as the historical record…

Guest View: The response to overdoses

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It’s hard to imagine a widespread heroin epidemic in America today, but our area has been plagued in the past couple of years by a resurgence in overdoses, sometimes deadly, from this lethal drug. Lives have been senselessly lost and families devastated. We’re glad our local officers are fighting back.…

Reader’s Forum: Heroes and Patriots — 3-28-16

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Heroes and Patriots Isn’t it a shame that the heroes of our youth, those who led this nation into greatness, and that we first learned about in our elementary and high school American History classes, are now being discredited to the point where many are considered to have been evil,…

Responding to Brussels

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A. TREVOR HALL Guest columnist Just four days after Salah Abdeslam, the mastermind of last fall’s Paris attacks, was finally captured, the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday morning’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. The attacks, which have killed more than 30 and wounded almost 200, provide another chilling…

Few surprises in North Carolina primaries

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist When all was said and done March 15, very few eyebrows raised across the state as a result of North Carolina primaries. In a year when the outsider is supposed to have an advantage, the lack of surprises was somewhat of a surprise. Looking at the…

Editor’s Note: Commissioner criticism of LTN investigation was baseless

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I wouldn’t tell Bill Beam how to write a speeding ticket. I wouldn’t tell Carrol Mitchem how to plow a field. And I wouldn’t tell Martin Oakes how to write software. I wouldn’t tell these men how to do these things because they’ve done them for a living and I…