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Our View— Downtown events are worthy of support

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By all accounts, Lincolnton’s first comic con was a great success. The event, held at the Citizens Center in downtown on Saturday, was a benefit for Communities in Schools of Lincoln County, an organization that works to help underprivileged and at-risk students stay in school and succeed in their academic…

Shrinking government takes courage

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — For decades, the modern conservative movement, and Republicans as an increasingly conservative party, dedicated themselves to the proposition that government was too large, too costly, and too intrusive into matters best left to voluntary associations to address. With this unifying principle, American conservatives were…

Shrinking government takes courage

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — For decades, the modern conservative movement, and Republicans as an increasingly conservative party, dedicated themselves to the proposition that government was too large, too costly, and too intrusive into matters best left to voluntary associations to address. With this unifying principle, American conservatives were…

To win the legislature, look to rural counties

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COLIN CAMPBELL Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — When Gov. Roy Cooper recently rolled out his new initiative to “Break The Majority” in the Republican-controlled legislature, his first interview wasn’t with a North Carolina news outlet. It was with POLITICO — the Washington-based magazine that’s a must-read for D.C. insiders. “Can Roy…

Guest View— Legislation meant to curb domestic violence

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Domestic violence is a scourge, no doubt. And it’s not a partisan issue. It has the potential to affect any family with deadly consequences. So we were glad to see Gov. Roy Cooper sign into law three pieces of legislation that were presented to him by the Republican-led legislature, all…

Education at issue amid economic currents

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist It is deep summertime, and as usual, warnings of rip currents punctuate the flow of daily news. This summer, caution flags have gone up — in the form of two research reports — that alert North Carolina to worrisome fiscal and economic currents. Neither is a…

The second-class Second Amendment?

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ILYA SHAPIRO Guest Columnist The landmark Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller established that the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment is an individual right. McDonald v. City of Chicago, which applied the right against state laws, clarified that states can’t “single out” the…

Back on the road to war with Iran?

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JOHN GLASER Guest Columnist On Monday, the Trump administration once again officially certified that Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement that rolled back Iran’s nuclear program and subjected it to unprecedented levels of inspections and monitoring in exchange for sanctions relief. But,…

Guest View— People are upset about river pollution

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When 450 people from one city show up for a meeting, that’s a signal that something important is happening. We hope such a meeting in Wilmington last week is a signal to lawmakers and regulators in Raleigh that people are fed up with their allowing our rivers — which are…

You gotta pay your bills

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – The fiscal crises in two states have liberals and conservatives chortling in glee. Liberal Connecticut and conservative Kansas are both in fiscal trouble, so conservatives point northward and liberals midwestward and say, “We told you that doesn’t work.” Looking at the two states,…