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Yard signs and State of the Union speeches: Wasted efforts?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist They are a waste of time, don’t change anybody’s mind, and have little or no impact on the outcome of elections or the support of a politician. Does this comment describe the impact of political yard signs on elections or the effectiveness of speeches, such as…

Desperate times for No. 20 Duke

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DURHAM (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference’s “Sportsmanship Week” didn’t get off to the best start with questions about a lack of postgame handshakes by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, which may have crystallized the Blue Devils’ mounting frustrations. After Duke’s third straight loss, a 64-62 defeat against Syracuse on Monday…

Start your day with LTN

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You might be reading this paper just a bit earlier than usual. Starting with today’s edition, the Lincoln Times-News is shifting the paper’s delivery schedule to become a morning newspaper. We’re doing this for a number of reasons, but the change is primarily an effort to serve you, our readers,…

Reader’s Forum: No Kill — 1-20-16

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Commissioners need to do more to make shelter no kill While Lincoln County is working to become a No Kill county, New Hampshire has achieved the recognition of being a No Kill state. Shelters across the state of NH have not killed a single animal for the sake of space…

Highlighting the urban/rural divide

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist For the past few years, a major theme of discussion – and contention – around the General Assembly has been the urban/rural divide. The economic and other disparities between urban and rural areas of North Carolina have come up in debates about economic incentives, education, transportation…

Relief can become a trap

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Is unemployment ever voluntary? I don’t ask the question in order to blame unemployed people for their fate. On the contrary, understanding the full range of causes of unemployment is required before policymakers can effectively combat it. I’ll bet you know at least one person who…

On Bipartisan redistricting

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Some Republicans winced when presidential front-runner Donald Trump announced his intention to deport approximately 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. For many, the wince was about simple impracticality. For others, however, resistance was in part about politics: Did the Republican Party, which has a hard time getting…

Session comes into focus

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Since Republicans won majorities in the North Carolina House and Senate in 2010, each subsequent legislative session has been dramatic and consequential. Lawmakers have reformed the tax code, reworked the state budget, replenished state savings accounts, rewritten regulations, reshaped Medicaid and unemployment insurance, restructured the planning…

Why is the ABC commission still a thing?

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist The Old North State, one of the 13 original colonies, and home to the 82nd Airborne, is one of the most proud and patriotic states in the nation. Yet the North Carolina government promotes an economic practice more likely found in Stalin’s Russia than a pro-business…

OUR VIEW — The president’s sandbox

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President Barack Obama wants us all to play nice. According to The New York Times headline about Obama’s final State of the Union address, “Obama’s plea to ‘fix our politics’ leaves both sides looking inward.’” It’s doubtful that there’s much soul-searching going on in Washington after Obama’s speech, and the…