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GOP needs plan to replace Obamacare

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The disaster that has been the Affordable Care Act will some reach its end. President Barack Obama’s signature legislation has, by all measures, been an enormous failure. Premiums are increasing, insurers are leaving the law’s marketplace and consumers, the very people the law was supposedly written to protect, are bearing…

We made our own democracy

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The terms “fascist” or “communist” are thrown around far too often, used primarily to describe something that really could be better termed “undemocratic.” Which word people use depends wholly upon where they fall on the ideological spectrum. But even then, “undemocratic” has different meanings for different people. Many critics of…

Why shouldn’t Denver incorporate?

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Denver incorporating is the new taxes I would have to pay. Another fear is the amount of new laws and ordinances that could be put forward by the new layer of government. Looking around…

Respond wisely to next recession

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If I could predict the onset of America’s next recession with precision, I wouldn’t tell you about it. I’d become a money manager and make a pile by timing the market. But I can’t, so I won’t. Instead, I’ll simply observe that based on historical precedent,…

Thanks, Gov. McCrory

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist When historians assess Pat McCrory’s term, I don’t think he will be remembered as nearly as successful as North Carolina’s previous two Republican governors, Jim Martin and Jim Holshouser. McCrory was never able to overcome his lack of background in state government and politics, and he…

Republican actions on HB 2 won’t help win elections

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist When it comes to House Bill 2, legislative Republicans are absolutely hapless. Republicans conceived HB 2, the solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, last March, hoping to use it as a wedge issue against gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper and other Democrats. It backfired. When…

Health reform needs state leaders

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist As recent events have reminded us, North Carolina’s state government is not a precise analogue to the federal government. Its leadership is more diffuse. The state legislature is stronger, relative to the executive branch, than Congress is to the presidency. Moreover, the executive branch isn’t unitary.…

Yes, there is such a thing as ‘fake news’

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Whether President-elect Donald Trump and his most fervent supporters like it or not, there is such a thing as “fake news,” and it isn’t what’s coming out of the New York Times or the Washington Post. Granted, there are some glaring issues at those publications related to the way they…

Environmentalists ignore the truth about fracking

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Groups such as the Sierra Club have long claimed that fracking is an environmental hazard. The revolutionary drilling process “has contaminated the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of Americans,” Sierra says on its website. Must rest on some pretty sound science, right? Guess again. The…

Anti-Cooper move: Coup or old hat? — 12-26-16

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Republican state lawmakers — disappointed with the outcome of the election — moved this past week to curb the powers of Gov.-elect Roy Cooper and his fellow Democrats. Democrats called it an unprecedented coup. Republicans said they were just doing what Democrats have done in the…