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State leaders should heed message in success of Connect NC bonds

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ALEXANDRA FORTER SIROTA Guest Columnist By approving the Connect NC bond, North Carolina voters made a strong statement about their vision for the future. After years of hearing many state politicians belittle the role of public investment in building a strong economy, it wouldn’t have been surprising if a majority…

Big changes coming to Board of Commissioners

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Whatever the outcome is in November, big changes are coming to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. At least two of the three open seats will be occupied by freshmen commissioners, and those new faces could result in a shakeup of power in the board’s leadership. Current chairwoman Cecelia Martin…

NC primary results still matter

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist In national news coverage leading up to the March 15 presidential primaries, North Carolina’s election was treated as an afterthought. The winner-take-all GOP primaries in Florida and Ohio dominated the headlines, a reasonable decision given their importance in the delegate math and their existential consequences for…

Reader’s Forum — 3-18-16

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Support for McHenry Immigration has always been a hot-button issue in American politics. Recently, it has become a top-tier issue again for the 2016 election cycle. Let’s look at the record of our congressman, Patrick McHenry, on immigration. First, he is 100 percent against amnesty. Second, he supports securing the…

Obama versus Obama’s foreign policy

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BENJAMIN H. FRIEDMAN Guest Columnist I wish the Barack Obama Jeffrey Goldberg interviewed for the Atlantic’s April cover story had been in charge of U.S. foreign policy for the last seven years. Obama’s arguments in the article are similar to those Cato’s foreign policy department are always employing in criticizing…

OUR VIEW —Toll contract will be toxic in November

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No matter the result of Tuesday’s primary elections, one issue will continue to dominate the discussion of state politics, at least locally — the Interstate 77 toll contract. Any sitting politician that makes it out of the primary would do well to push for a cancellation of that contract if…

Errors should not be crimes

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina has a serious problem. Adopting a default mens rea provision would go a long way to solving it. Don’t recognize the phrase mens rea? Hey, you’re hardly alone. I studied neither Latin nor law in my school days, so someone had to tell me…

Seeking “safe spaces” on campus

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ED FEULLNER Guest Columnist Once upon a time, a conservative speaker was invited to a university to speak. Although many liberals on campus disagreed with him, they listened to his speech and then asked questions, leading to a discussion that left everyone better informed about current issues. At least that’s…

Has lottery advertising gone too far or not far enough?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist N.C. Education Lottery officials last week showed legislators a video of school kids in New York surprising convenience store customers by singing a song of thanks in the store. “Every time you play a New York Lottery game, a portion of your sale goes to eight…

Legislature is harming schools

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Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they’re doing the will of the people, but when it comes to public schools they clearly are not. A High Point University poll released last week found that two-thirds of state residents think public education in North Carolina is heading in the wrong…