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Trump’s trade proposals borrowed from Democrats

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K. WILLIAM WATSON Guest Columnist Donald Trump’s campaign has undoubtedly given protectionist rhetoric a new energy in American politics. China, he says, is “killing us on trade” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership is “a rape of our country.” Early on, he got attention for calling for a 45 percent tariff on…

Another late night of lawmaking

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Remember those all-nighters spent cramming for college finals, when NoDoz and coffee were your best friends and procrastination was your worst enemy? After studying all night, you were left exhausted the next day and your test score probably wasn’t as high as you’d hoped. You probably…

Campaigns go back to future

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist During North Carolina’s primary elections earlier this year, did you get a visit to your home from a campaign worker? If so, you are far from alone. One of the most noticeable changes in political campaigns during the past decade has been the return of door-to-door…

OUR VIEW — Clinton’s email use was only ‘careless’

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FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state was “extremely careless” in the way that it put sensitive material at risk, but that the FBI “did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her…

House Republicans stand up to questionable process

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – By the time the General Assembly adjourned in early July, Republican House members were fed up. Their frustrations weren’t only with legislation considered on the final days of session. They also were irritated with the process by which bills ended up in front of…

Our two most famous citizens

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist If I asked you to name our state’s best-known citizen, living or dead, whom would you suggest? Hint: What if I said to think of people of who lived in Mount Airy? I bet you would then say Andy Griffith. After all, his still popular TV…

Truth misstated on teacher pay

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — You’ve probably heard that North Carolina ranks near the bottom of the country in the average pay received by our public schoolteachers. I wouldn’t blame you for believing this statement to be true, because it’s been repeated so often by so many politicians, journalists,…

Income tax cap would decimate justice system

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SARAH PRESTON Guest Columnist “If we are to right the ship, the Judicial Branch will need sufficient investment from this General Assembly to ensure that we adequately fund the basic operations of the court system … If we cannot pay for these basic services, we cannot conduct timely trials. We…

How people abroad viewed our Declaration of Independence

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JIM POWELL Guest Columnist How did people around the world react to the American Declaration of Independence? On Tuesday, July 9, 1776, the German printer Henrich Miller published the first translation of the Declaration, just four days after the English text was first published by John Dunlop, whose printing shop…

State budget doesn’t help NC families

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You know it’s not a good budget year when the best thing one can say about the state budget agreed to by the Republican leaders of the state House and Senate is: “Well, it’s not as bad as it could have been, because the way things were going, it looked…