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State troopers deserve raises

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Most of us look at our state troopers as elite cops, the cream of the crop, the professionals who keep our highways safe. That’s what a lot of the troopers thought too, when they joined the N.C. Highway Patrol. But promises of good pay and regular raises vanished in the…

Targeting innocent citizens

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Not many people make a habit of carrying large amounts of cash around. After all, thieves could steal it. How ironic, then, that a growing threat to your money are the people you’d call if your money was stolen: the police. And all because of a…

Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Chapel Hill in the Bush 41 Biography

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “Were you surprised that so much of the public attention to your book has been focused on President George H.W. Bush’s unflattering comments about the roles of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney in the administration of his son, President George W.…

OUR VIEW — Extreme sports park deserves support

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Empty, unused factories are a scar on any community. They’re symbols of what once was and, unfortunately, what’s not likely to come back. That’s part of what makes the Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park worthy of support from both county leaders and the community. Businessman Brittan Schnell is leading the charge…

Urban voters still outnumbered

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Commentators and academic analysts trying to make sense of North Carolina’s fascinating and ever-changing politics have been arguing lately that the state is becoming increasingly urbanized — and that this trend portends significant shifts in voting behavior and electoral outcomes. They’ve got a point. But in…

Reader’s Forum: Extreme Sports Park — 12-4-15

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Reader’s Forum from December 4, 2015 about the proposed Extreme Sports Park. The sound travels The sun is about to rise, fresh coffee brewing fills the air, I pour my cup and head out the front door, to sit and enjoy the rising sun. Most are still fast asleep in…

OUR VIEW — GOP needs new blood

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Sen. Ted Cruz believes that if the Republican Party can energize evangelical Christian voters, it can win the 2016 presidential election. According to Wall Street Journal columnist Gerald F. Seib, Cruz’s “case is this: There is an army of silent evangelical voters out there, and I can mobilize them. The…

Four things to watch during election filing period

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist We’ll know much about the 2016 elections after the first three weeks of December. Why? That’s the period for candidates across the state – including for governor and all 170 General Assembly seats – to fill out paperwork and pay fees to get their names on…

Turkey: No friend of the West

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Turkey’s rash decision to shoot down a Russian plane for allegedly violating its airspace isn’t likely to trigger World War III. But Ankara demonstrated that it stands with the Islamic State and against the West. The Obama administration’s war against ISIL is turning into another interminable…

Read income data carefully

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Over the past 12 months, North Carolina has experienced faster income growth than the rest of the country, regardless of whether the measure is average income per person or median income by household. But this bit of good news for our state comes after years of…