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Growth combats income inequality

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Although it is misunderstood and wildly exaggerated by some, income inequality is a real issue about which state policymakers of all parties should be concerned. America’s system of free enterprise used to be one of the world’s best providers of upward mobility. And real, inflation-adjusted incomes…

State eugenics program victims deserve fair compensation

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist In 1947, 14-year-old Willis Lynch of Littleton was asked by a nurse to sing a song as she placed a mask over his face. Lynch unknowingly inhaled an anesthetic, and then underwent a vasectomy procedure without his consent. The forced sterilization was ordered by the state…

Reader’s Forum: Thanks for donation — 9-9-15

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Thanks for donation On behalf of the United Way of Lincoln County I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Ross Stores, Inc. for the $500.00 in gift cards to be used for the teachers of Lincoln County to support their clothing closets. Ross being the newest addition…

Editor’s Note: Race to the bottom

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The presidential primary is in the “Race to the Bottom” stage. The lowest common denominator rules and the national media is behaving like a shill, parlaying salacious, inane statements into headlines, rather than exploring the policy differences that will have a real impact on the future…

Reader’s Forum: McHenry follows through

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McHenry follows through I hear people complain on a regular basis that politicians are not accessible and do not listen to their constituents. Most of the time, these complaints about politicians are valid. However, my Congressman, Patrick McHenry is an exception to this norm. When the Congressman was campaigning for…

The ACLU, ESAs and the future of school choice

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Another school year is underway, and more parents than ever are using school choice to ensure the best education for their children. Or should I say trying to use them? Some groups, after all, are trying to thwart them. Who, you ask? Just ask parents in…

Voters seek safety in the past

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated columnist I have a theory about the 2016 presidential election. It has the virtue of fitting the data currently available. Another of the theory’s virtues is that it can generate a couple of plausible scenarios for how the primary season may play out among Democrats and Republicans,…

OUR VIEW — The refugee response

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The refugee crisis in Europe has shown just how inadequate the global response to the wars in Syria and Iraq actually is. The heartbreaking images of the body of Aylan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned off the coast of Turkey, along with 12 other people, including eight children…

For higher growth, think small

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Remember the old joke about a drunken man crawling around under a lamppost? It starts off with a police officer approaching the drunk to ask what he’s looking for. In earlier versions of the joke, it’s a dollar bill. In later versions, it’s a set of…

The right to anonymous speech and association

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ILYA SHAPIRO and RANDAL JOHN MEYER Guest Columnists Since the Enlightenment, anonymous speech has been an integral component of social change, exemplified by Cato’s Letters, the Federalist Papers, and indeed the Anti-Federalist Papers. Accordingly, the Constitution provides a wide breath for the proper “breathing space” that “First Amendment freedoms need…to…