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Most road deaths result from choices

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – Downloading a spreadsheet containing information about all of the deadly car crashes in 2015 in North Carolina is a sobering exercise. It took 54 seconds to scroll – at top speed – from the top to the bottom of the spreadsheet taken from the…

Local eateries for politicians and for us

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist It is here. Just in time for the election season, this new book can guide this fall’s political candidates to the North Carolina eateries where locals gather to eat and exchange information and viewpoints about public affairs. For instance, the book features a barbecue in Concord…

Surplus should be election issue

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — The final numbers are in on North Carolina’s budget surplus. They are informative. They ought to provoke significant discussion. Instead, they have gotten virtually no media coverage or public comment. According to a new report from the office of State Controller Linda Combs, state…

On early voting

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As if the battle over gender identity wasn’t enough to place North Carolina under the national microscope — for all the wrong reasons — the state’s ongoing battles over voting access have only made matters worse. To simplify this argument, all that can be done — including Sunday voting —…

Reader’s Forum

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Commissioners should make good on no-kill commitment On November 18, 2013, the Lincoln County Commissioners voted unanimously on the following motion: “to adopt a no kill philosophy for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter and direct staff to work with the citizens of Lincoln County to implement the goal of a…

The benefits of naloxone

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We’ve been seeing a lot of comments back and forth in The Buzz about use of the drug naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan. Some critics say that by reversing the effects of an overdose, naloxone encourages opioid users to keep abusing the drugs. Some of the judgments…

Trump doubles down on anti-immigration position

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ALEX NOWRASTEH Guest Columnist Trump’s speech in Phoenix confirmed that his supposed softening on immigration turned out to be wishful thinking. After that speech, nobody can claim that Trump’s position on immigration is too soft. Trump reiterated his position paper on immigration that called for a large-scale increase in immigration…

The struggle for women’s equality continues

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TARA ROMANO Guest Columnist Friday, August 26, is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. This amendment proclaimed that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or…

It couldn’t happen here?

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist Dilma Rousseff was never as popular as the president who anointed her as his successor. Despite her intelligence and diligence in numerous official posts, she lacked his warm personality and flair for campaigning. But she ran a very professional presidential campaign, with lots of celebrity supporters,…

Reader’s Forum

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Vote for commissioners who value no-kill philosophy Commissioner Carrol Mitchem’s comments about the animal shelter published in the Aug. 29 Times-News are an affront to the thinking public. Referencing the no-kill philosophy (which Mitchem voted for in 2013), he describes it as a goal that is “nice,” something that is…