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Donald Trump’s hits and misses in foreign policy

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Donald Trump has offered his foreign policy vision. It was a bit of a mishmash, but he is no Neoconservative and broke with pro-war Republican orthodoxy in important ways. The speech, delivered last week in downtown Washington, was standard campaign fare, intended to demonstrate that the…

OUR VIEW — Bring on the microbreweries

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Lincoln County commissioners would show vision by voting to approve changes to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance to allow microbreweries in general business districts and in East Lincoln. Microbreweries are popping up in towns and cities across the country. Charlotte and the western part of North Carolina already have a…

Salaries, bonuses focus of budget debate

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist It took no longer than the first budget meeting before the battle lines were drawn in what will become the biggest spending-related debate of 2016. It will be about raises and bonuses for state employees and teachers, as well as cost-of-living adjustments for government retirees. It…

Gerrymandering shields lawmakers from HB2 backlash

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MARK NANCE Guest Columnist Even amidst the bombast of this presidential primary season, HB2 continues to push North Carolina into the spotlight. Amazingly, our state recently made news in the United Kingdom because the British Foreign Office (the equivalent of the U.S. State Department) issued a warning to LGBTQ citizens…

NC combats domestic violence

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The city of High Point is making national headlines for its innovative approach to combating the scourge of domestic violence. Nearby Lexington has adopted the same model. Here’s hoping other communities in North Carolina and across the country follow suit. Domestic violence accounts for a large…

Why John Hart is so good and why the latest book took so long to write

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DG. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Can’t we just find something that we can agree upon? Thrown into a silly unnecessary bathroom dispute that has brought unwelcome international attention, good North Carolinians of all ideological, religious, and political persuasions would like to have something that brings them together. It happens on May…

Medical Cannabis: God’s gift

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist We have been told for nearly a century nothing good ever comes from cannabis. It leads to sloth-like behavior in some, “the munchies” in others. It even induces homicidal mania in a few, if the movie “Reefer Madness” is to be believed. Let’s talk about the…

State budget should move NC forward

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As legislators return to town, hopes aren’t high for Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. It’s a modest spending plan that includes election-year pay hikes and bonuses, but it’s hardly the blueprint for a state on the rise. It’s about keeping North Carolina’s…

OUR VIEW — Cancel the contract

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State lawmakers should cancel the Interstate 77 toll contract. Immediately. Yesterday. According to a Charlotte Observer story published on Monday, two Mecklenburg County lawmakers have filed bills that will do just that — Rep. Charles Jeter, a Huntersville Republican, and Rep. Tricia Cotham, a Matthews Democrat. Yes, canceling the contract…

Road policies deserve attention

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When you ask North Carolina voters to name the top election issue in state politics, the most common answer — unless we are in the midst of a recession — is education. That answer makes good sense. North Carolina state and local governments combined spend more…