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Five reasons Congress should repeal Trump’s immigrant & refugee ban

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DAVID BIER Guest Columnist President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that would ban all Syrian refugees and almost all refugees from all countries from entering the United States for six months, while cutting the overall annual limit for refugees in half and banning for at least 90…

Syrian refugees and the precautionary principle

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ALEX NOWRASTEH Guest Columnist In environmental policy, the precautionary principle states that a new product, method, or proposal whose effects are disputed or unknown should not be introduced if it is harmful. The burden of proving that it is harmless falls on its backers — virtually guaranteeing that it won’t…

Our View: Pro-life movement gets a boost

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The National Mall in Washington, D.C. was packed on Friday with abortion opponents participating in the annual March for Life. There hasn’t been a time in recent political memory when the chance to limit the abominable practice of abortion has been closer. President Donald Trump has said that he will…

Reading with Obama

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What will our most recent former president be doing these next few weeks? Barack Obama will be reading and encouraging us to join him. In the week before he left office, he talked to The New York Times’ chief book reviewer, Michiko Kakutani, about the importance…

Don’t squander the coming surplus

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Here’s the good news: North Carolina’s state budget is solidly in the black. From July to December, the first six months of the fiscal year, General Fund revenues are up four percent over the same time last year. At the same time, General Fund expenditures are…

Government Waste: Frittering away the funds

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist I have good news for lawmakers looking to purge wasteful spending from the federal budget: It’s a target-rich environment out there. That’s not to say you won’t encounter pushback from special-interest groups bent on preserving their slice of the pie. But a quick tour of the…

Our View: Trump’s wall won’t make us any safer

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President Donald Trump’s wall along the southern border will not make this country safer. It will not protect American jobs. It will not stop illegal immigration. It will, however, cost many billions of dollars, with an incredibly low return on investment. Any minimally shrewd businessman should know better. Trump’s plan…

Give me money, or I’ll cut the arts program

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist School officials say they need more money to fulfill an unfunded mandate from the legislature so, to exert political leverage on lawmakers, they’re citing the dreadful cuts they’ll have to make without a new infusion of cash. They could threaten to eliminate football and basketball,…

Be realistic about bipartisanship

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Whether the frame of reference is North Carolina or the nation as a whole, no one can dispute the fact that there is a partisan divide — and that it has been growing. If you look at public opinion surveys over time, you will find that…

Fearing Trump, hating Obama

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Guest Columnist A large segment of the country viewed the inauguration of President Donald Trump Friday with trepidation. Many others were glad to see former President Barack Obama vacate the White House. If you think political polarization is getting worse, you are right. Polls show Bill Clinton was…