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The disturbing politics of Islamophobia

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MANZOOR CHEEMA Guest Columnist The current election cycle is, sadly, shining a light on a blatant and disturbing level of Islamophobia in the United States. What’s more, many Muslims in the United States are paying a heavy price for this bigotry. Muslims, and people perceived to be Muslims, have been…

Are ITT alternatives much better?

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NEAL MCCLUSKEY Guest Columnist The outcome was certain the moment federal and state regulators spilled blood in the water and swarmed ITT Technical Institutes, but today it became official: ITT is going out of business. No proven guilt, just accused to death. But we’ve been over all that. What is…

Tired of guilt by association

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist One of the annoying things about politics these days – and there are many – is how candidates constantly try to connect their opponents to everything bad in the world. Hardly a day goes by in election season without one political party linking candidates from the…

Windmills in the state

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The debate about wind turbines in eastern North Carolina is healthy. The proposed Apex Timbermill Wind development in Chowan and Perquimans counties has generated both support and opposition. It would be the region’s second commercial wind project, providing construction and maintenance jobs, offering income to landowners and contributing to a…

Preventing texting while driving

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Drivers know it’s a hazard, a potentially deadly one. Law enforcement certainly knows it. So why, then, do people on American highways — and in North Carolina — continue to text while driving? Likely, they think they’re being more careful than they are. “I’ve always got one eye on the…

Clearing the minefield of political correctness

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist There’s been a lot of debate, appropriately enough, about University of Chicago dean John Ellison’s letter warning freshmen not to expect “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” on campus. Much of that debate has focused on free speech — and rightly so. But there’s a larger issue…

Don’t deter workers from moving

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Here’s one of those statements that seems like it can’t be true and yet is firmly supported by the evidence: Americans don’t move around as much as they used to. This is not about people lounging around too much, watching TV or playing video…

Why is politics a binary choice?

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist Why are there only two main political ideologies? There are over 175 craft breweries in NC, yet all of our elected officials are from just two ideologies. Choice is a great thing, just look at the corner of Highway 16 and Highway 73. We have four…

Most road deaths result from choices

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – Downloading a spreadsheet containing information about all of the deadly car crashes in 2015 in North Carolina is a sobering exercise. It took 54 seconds to scroll – at top speed – from the top to the bottom of the spreadsheet taken from the…

Local eateries for politicians and for us

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist It is here. Just in time for the election season, this new book can guide this fall’s political candidates to the North Carolina eateries where locals gather to eat and exchange information and viewpoints about public affairs. For instance, the book features a barbecue in Concord…