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On H.B. 2

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Lawmakers in Raleigh will be looking for gold stars and sympathy this week after finally moving toward a repeal of House Bill 2, a landmark mess of their own making. North Carolina voters should give them neither. Last February, Charlotte passed a city ordinance designed to safeguard the rights of…

How do we bring the season together?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist How do we put it all together at this time every year? Christmas. That is what I am thinking about. We are used to it of course. It almost seems natural. But it is not. We have just done it this way forever. We are on…

History can teach both parties

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Precisely four times in modern North Carolina history, voters have elected a new governor or lieutenant governor of one party and legislative majorities of the other party. In all four instances, the legislature stripped the newly elected executives of some power. In the first three instances…

But Johnny does it

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Imagine that after years of bad cell phone service you changed providers three months ago and, now, once again face the old problems. Further imagine that when you complain customer service says, “Well, your old provider dropped your calls, and billed you incorrectly. Why do…

Updating victims of sterilization program

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With the end of 2016 just days away, victims of North Carolina’s forced sterilization program have yet to receive their last payment — or the simply courtesy of a written update from the state. The lack of an update is shameful. The state last gave the victims an update in…

The rocky but open road ahead for a new governor

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Since Roy Cooper clinched the election for governor, two narratives have been advanced to project how his early months in office will, or should, play out. The new Democratic governor will soon take the oath of office in a moment of uncertainty and Republican muscle-flexing –…

Reader’s Forum

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Response to Curtis, Saine According to Sen. David Curtis, Gov. Pat McCrory needed an an additional 1,075 appointees to “fix the issues” that the governor inherited from the previous governor. There is no doubt that Curtis is an honorable and diligent public servant, and that he will gladly supply to…

Waste, fraud, abuse and Trump

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BENJAMIN H. FRIEDMAN Guest Columnist Prior to attacking intelligence assessments on Russian hacking and meeting with Kanye last week, the president-elect went on a bit of a defense jag. Monday, @realDonaldTrump bashed Lockheed’s F-35 joint strike fighter program for its “out of control” price-tag. He said the same of Boeing’s…

HB2 repeal leaves both sides looking silly

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Now that the battle of wills between Republicans in the state legislature and Democrats and activists in Charlotte may be nearing its end, can we all agree that the hubbub over HB2 has left North Carolina looking just a bit foolish? As this is being written on Tuesday, Gov. Pat…

A Christmas long remembered

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CHARLES EUREY Guest Columnist World War II was raging in the winter of 1944. I was stationed in England, flying C-47 transport planes for the 437th Troop Carrier Group. It was a vicious winter with deep snow everywhere. The ground was frozen so hard that our ground troops had to…