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Reader’s Forum — 3-11-16

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Reader’s forum from March 11, 2016. Curtis’s views good for a laugh I hope David Curtis wins re-election to the State Senate because none of his opponents will make me laugh the way he does. His comedic value is worth the downside of his political views. “I just appreciated (Berger)…

Retention ‘elections’ struck down

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Compared to Donald Trump, unconstitutionally drawn congressional districts and new voter ID laws, another election-related controversy in North Carolina has received relatively little attention. Nevertheless, a three-judge panel of Superior Court judges made a sensible decision late last month in declaring unconstitutional and void the 2015…

OUR VIEW — No-kill by any other name

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You know you’re in trouble when you start arguing semantics. More than two years ago, county commissioners unanimously approved a motion of support for a “no-kill philosophy” at the county’s animal shelter. Meaning, in essence, that a no-kill shelter would be nice, but they weren’t going to work too hard…

N.C. teen pregnancies on decline, but remain above national median

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist In 2013, 47 percent of all high school students in North Carolina had already had sex, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. But despite that scary and seemingly high percentage, the rate of teen pregnancies and births are at historic lows…

She’ll be thanking him in November

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist If Hillary Clinton is elected president in November, her very first thank-you should go to Bernie Sanders. “What?” you ask. “How could she thank Sanders when his vigorous campaign took people away from her natural and expected support groups– progressive women, young African Americans, and other…

News for McCrory is mixed

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Gov. Pat McCrory just got both good news and bad news about his prospects of defeating his likely Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, in the fall election. Let’s start with the bad news. While Donald Trump’s delegate harvest over the early March primaries and caucuses…

Support for Connect NC Bond referendum

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The March 15 primary ballot offers North Carolinians a chance to make a smart investment in education, jobs and quality of life in the form of the Connect NC bond referendum. If voters approve it, the $2 billion bond will provide funds for colleges and universities, agriculture, parks, water and…

Some cold facts on global warming

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist On the last day of February, the high temperature hit 64 degrees here in Washington. Yet the snow drifts from January’s massive East Coast blizzard were still melting. So what are we to make of the weather and the climate-change controversy? Is it getting warmer or…

Reader’s Forum: Support for Curtis — 3-7-16

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Support for Curtis For the past several years, I’ve had the distinct personal honor of supporting Dr. David Curtis in his Senate efforts. In all these years, he has never changed from the compassionate and responsive individual he was when he offered his optical services to the residents of Lincoln…

Our View: Many choices in primary race

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Voters in Lincoln County, especially Republicans, can’t say they don’t have any choices in the upcoming primary elections. Seven Board of Commissioners candidates are running for three spots to advance to November’s general election, where they’ll face two strong Democrat contenders. Two incumbent Republicans are in the race but, with…