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NC GOP leaders are now mimicking Trump

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ROB SCHOFIELD Guest Columnist It’s long been a matter of public record that North Carolina conservatives and their allies in the right-wing “libertarian” think tanks and “pro-family” advocacy groups long ago sold their souls to the devil when it comes to Donald Trump. The lure of power and/or access to…

Guest View— Keeping guns away from kids

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After the third Tennessee child in the month of May was wounded by an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot, Beth Joslin Roth unloaded her frustration. “These kids are being injured and killed as a direct result of an adult’s irresponsible choice to leave a loaded firearm unsecured,” the policy director for The…

No longer a luxury

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist As a boy, I barely knew an adult who didn’t smoke. My mother and her best friend smoked cigarettes at the kitchen table every afternoon. My dad didn’t smoke, but all his buddies did. After he died of lung cancer at age 50, Army pathologists…

New budget strikes a balance

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The main reason Gov. Roy Cooper and other North Carolina Democrats cited for opposing the Republican-led legislature’s new budget plan was that it saved too much and cut taxes too much. North Carolina would be better off, they argued, if the new budget had been more…

Don’t let the riptide of angry politics pull you under

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What is the biggest challenge that we, as individuals, face in this time of angry, petty, and deceptive politics that has infected our public life and seems to be pulling each of us under, sucking out of us every ounce of our humanity? It is as…

Guest View— Drinking water should always be safe

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water … No, don’t cue the theme from “Jaws.” We’re talking about much smaller, quieter menaces lurking in the water of the Cape Fear River. But those threats to our health show us one good reason why it’s…

The American Dream: Alive and well

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Almost any time you see the phrase “the American Dream” these days, it seems to be in a negative context. The speaker is either assuring us that it’s dead, or that it can be salvaged only by a radical redefinition — one that often contradicts the…

Omnibus budget ladened with more than money

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist The North Carolina General Assembly adopts an omnibus budget. When legislators give their “yea’’ or “nay’’ to the appropriations act, they each cast one vote on hundreds of measures packed into a single bill — a huge array of changes in law, instructions to agencies, policy…

Even sex offenders have constitutional rights

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ILYA SHAPIRO DAVID MCDONALD Guest Columnists On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a North Carolina preventing sex offenders from accessing social media and other websites – without any attempt to tailor restrictions to potential contact with minors – violated the First Amendment. But restrictions on the freedom of speech…

On preserving public notices

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An effort in the legislature, Senate Bill 343, would eventually eliminate the requirement that local governments publish legal notices of their affairs in newspapers. The state House should kill this bill pushed by Sen. Trudy Wade of Guilford County. Supporters of this bill that has passed the Senate say they…