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Guest View — Serving veterans

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What we say about those who serve in our armed forces is one thing. What we do, all too often, is another. That became painfully clear in the case of “patriotic” tributes to the military at National Football League games that turned out to be paid advertising. For pre-game jet…

Heroes among us

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There really are heroes among us. These heroes are men and women who don’t clamor for fortune and fame or power and influence. They don’t seek out glory or gratitude or pats on the back. They’re men and women who had a job to do, and they did it. We…

An important author’s struggles can help his readers

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist You can’t go home again. This is what Thomas Wolfe learned after his thinly disguised autobiographical novel cast some of his family and neighbors in Asheville in unflattering roles. It is always dangerous for a successful writer to base fictional characters on real family or neighbors.…

Population shifts shape elections

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist It may be hard to believe given the results of this fall’s municipal elections, but not so long ago Republicans competed effectively with Democrats for political offices in North Carolina’s largest cities. Gov. Pat McCrory, for example, spent 20 years on the Charlotte city council, from…

Retiring Rucho anything but retiring

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist If you pay attention to state politics, you’ve heard of Bob Rucho. The retired dentist and lightning rod from Matthews in Mecklenburg County has been at the center of many of the most controversial pieces of legislation since Republicans took control of the House and Senate…

GUEST VIEW — The North Carolina SBI contract case

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It didn’t take long for fears about moving the State Bureau of Investigation from under the attorney general to the Department of Public Safety in the executive branch to be realized. When the move surfaced as part of the state Senate’s 2014-15 budget, Attorney General Roy Cooper, district attorneys and…

Racial discrimination remains a plague on system

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GRETCHEN ENGEL Guest Columnist One of the fundamental promises of the American criminal justice system is that ordinary citizens have the power to help decide how justice is handed down. But the truth is, we have never fully extended this power to African Americans. The U.S. Supreme Court underscored that…

Curb your enthusiasm: Down with the “Joyful Campaign”

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GENE HEALY Guest Columnist I have a piece running in the Federalist this week on the notion that presidential candidates should campaign “joyfully,” as Jeb Bush ever more desperately insists that he is. It’s not clear why we’re supposed to want joyful candidates, but that seems to be the prevailing…

Whatever happened to the Left’s love of free speech?

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ROGER PILON Guest Columnist There was a time in America when the Left could be counted on to defend free speech. But as countless examples today demonstrate, those days are long gone. From campus speech codes to campaign finance to prosecutorial threats against climate change critics and more, the evidence…

OUR VIEW — Election will bring changes

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The breakdown along party lines may be the same, but it’s safe to say that Lincolnton’s municipal election brought about significant changes that will have a very real impact on the city’s future. Democrat Ed Hatley will succeed Republican Mayor John Gilleland, who decided not to run for re-election after…