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OUR VIEW — Cloninger’s experience, dedication will be missed

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John “Les” Cloninger’s resignation from his seat on Lincolnton’s City Council marks the end of the run of the city’s longest-tenured elected official. His experience and dedication will be missed. One of the Ward 4 Democrat’s greatest achievements during his 16-plus years on the council was the creation of the…

NC schools ranked seventh

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina’s public schools are currently producing better results than you might think, according to a recent analysis of independent testing data. But there’s bad news, as well: North Carolina’s rate of improvement has lagged behind the national average since the turn of the 21st century.…

Responding to North Korea’s latest provocation

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist For many years Korea has been known as “The Land of the Morning Calm.” Sunday, Feb. 7, I could have added a post-script: “The morning calm and the afternoon chaos!” I was sitting at Seoul’s magnificent Incheon International Airport waiting to board my flight back home,…

Antonin Scalia, revolutionary

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ILYA SHAPIRO Guest Columnist Justice Antonin Scalia, who was marking his 30th year on the Supreme Court, is indisputably the most influential jurist of my lifetime (and probably longer than that). He reoriented the study and practice of constitutional law toward the meaning of the actual Constitution and the interpretation…

OUR VIEW — Scalia’s seat can wait

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The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has huge implications for both the immediate and long-term future of the country. Scalia, a Reagan appointee, “invigorated conservative jurisprudence and revived a focus on the Constitution’s original meaning,” according to The Wall Street Journal. President Barack Obama’s choice of a successor,…

Reader’s Forum

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Support for McHenry President Obama is trying to take away our second amendment rights. It has been his dream since the day he took office. Fortunately, Western North Carolina has a second amendment leader in Congressman Patrick McHenry. Patrick has a 100-percent pro-second-amendment voting record, and is a lifelong member…

In wake of gerrymandering ruling, give reform a chance

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BOB PHILLIPS Guest Columnist A federal court last week invalidated two congressional districts in North Carolina due to racial gerrymandering. The decision, which is currently on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, is the latest example spotlighting the absurdity of our state’s redistricting process. It’s a broken system where elections…

NC cuts save taxpayers billions

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JOHN HOOD Guest Columnist Here’s a statement that North Carolinians of all political stripes can agree is a fact: Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature have enacted the largest tax cut in the history of North Carolina. Conservatives celebrate this fact. Liberals decry it. Since the GOP won control of…

The crowd thins

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor They’re dropping like flies now. Carly Fiorina is out of the GOP race for the party’s presidential nomination and, as of Wednesday afternoon, there were reports that Chris Christie is suspending his campaign after a sixth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. Christie thought…

Reader’s Forum — 2-12-16

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Reader’s forum for February 12, 2016. Support for McHenry Common Core is a disaster, and has been for years. The federal department of education has been forcing Common Core upon the states. In fact, they were able to withhold federal money from states that did not use Common Core, until…