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Reader’s Forum — 2-26-16

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Reader’s forum for February 26, 2016. Misconceptions about socialism Jim Morrison needs to get his facts straight about Bernie Sanders being a socialist. We want all of our enterprising citizens to get rich, but we want them to share. Hitler and Mussolini were fascists, where the government owns everything and…

OUR VIEW — Closing Guantanamo sends the wrong message to terrorists

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In the continuing spirit of appeasement, which has become something of a national treasure under the administration of President Barack Obama, the president on Tuesday sent Congress a plan to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama said, according to The Wall Street Journal, that “keeping it…

Another dark corner of democracy

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist The big debate over redistricting brings to mind another controversy that raged in the capital city not long after Republicans took control of the House and Senate after the 2010 elections. It was a much different, more personal topic – compensation for victims of North Carolina’s…

Resist impulses on budget surplus

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist As of January 31, state government had collected $12.1 billion in General Fund revenue and expended $11.2 billion on education, Medicaid, and other state programs since the beginning of the 2015-16 fiscal year. In other words, it ran a cash surplus of about $900 million. While…

President Obama plays while the federal budget burns

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist The U.S. is bankrupt. Of course, Uncle Sam has the power to tax. But at some point even Washington might not be able to squeeze enough cash out of the American people to pay its bills. President Barack Obama would have everyone believe that he has…

Time to ask the EPA some hard questions

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Remember the Gold King mine spill in Colorado last August? Probably not. It was big news at the time, with pictures of people kayaking in the state’s Animas River, which had turned a kind of sickly yellow from a flood of toxic waste water accidentally dumped…

NC’s new voter ID requirement

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Proponents of North Carolina’s new voter ID requirement are mystified as to why anyone would object to showing identification before casting a vote. You have to show a photo ID for things much less important than voting, the say. And besides, almost everyone has a photo ID, and those who…

OUR VIEW — A Cuban standoff

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There won’t be any dramatic benefits for Americans if the U.S. fully normalizes relations with Cuba. But the Caribbean nation, with a population of about 11 million, according to the CIA’s World Factbook — less than the estimated population of Ohio — has been the beneficiary of a diplomatic drive…

Reader’s Forum: Say no to socialism — 2-19-16

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Say no to socialism I am dismayed by the support a confessed socialist is gaining among young people. They need to understand what socialism actually is. We are told that any collective government is “the greatest good for the majority of the people.” But if the rights or property of…

Our state gets boring

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina is a boring state. Okay, hold the rotten tomatoes. I’m not attacking my home state. I’m not denying the amenities and attractions it has in abundance. What I have in mind is that the average North Carolinian is now quite close to the average…