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The right to anonymous speech and association

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ILYA SHAPIRO and RANDAL JOHN MEYER Guest Columnists Since the Enlightenment, anonymous speech has been an integral component of social change, exemplified by Cato’s Letters, the Federalist Papers, and indeed the Anti-Federalist Papers. Accordingly, the Constitution provides a wide breath for the proper “breathing space” that “First Amendment freedoms need…to…

Why I cover politics

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist I was asked recently at a reporters’ roundtable why I became a political reporter. I started my off-the-cuff answer with, “I’d rather be covering sports.” I’ve always been a sports fan, supporting Cleveland teams, and I’ve become a fan of the Carolina Hurricanes since moving to…

Reader’s Forum — Iran deal will damage world peace

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There are now enough votes in the Senate to sustain an Obama veto of the resolution of disapproval. That means this terrible deal will go into effect. This will not be the last word on this, although much damage to world peace and security is now inevitable. Two months from…

5 big budget questions

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist The last week brought an optimistic tone to lingering budget negotiations on Jones Street, but plenty of important issues remain undecided as the budget impasse reaches its third month since the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. Legislators now have until Sept. 18…

Eating with the locals near the water

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist How do you find a home cooking restaurant that is both near an interstate highway and on or near the water? It is not easy. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about one of them, Holland’s Shelter Creek Restaurant near I-40 and adjoining a tributary…

Our View — TA’s, driver’s education back on the table

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The state’s upcoming budget is looking more reasonable after Senate concessions related to teacher assistants and driver’s education. The Senate met the House’s demand to fund those programs, according to a story published on Tuesday in the Raleigh News & Observer, as long as the House makes some education cuts…

What I Learned From You: We must stop a nuclear Iran

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PATRICK MCHENRY Guest Columnist This year I again had the pleasure of spending August at home in Western North Carolina meeting with you, my bosses. Over the span of three weeks, I conducted seven town hall meetings throughout the 10th District. Along the way, I joined numerous Chamber lunches, Rotary…

Editor’s Note — A fishing trip

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It finally happened — one of a young father’s most anticipated and proudest moments completed. I took my oldest son fishing for the first time on Saturday. Sure, it took a trip to Wal-Mart for a kid’s closed-face rod (which exploded in my hands the minute I tried to pull…

Reader’s Forum — 8-31-15

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Reader’s forum for August 31, 2015. Response to Monday column The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #85 would like to respond to Michael Gebelein’s editorial in Monday’s paper entitled “The Wrong Verdict” First of all, the mistrial was the result of the judicial process, not a travesty. The…

OUR VIEW — Clinton’s emails really do matter

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Hillary Clinton is coming around to the idea that using a private email server while working at the nation’s secretary of state wasn’t the best idea, after weeks of dismissing the questions of journalists and activists and Republican politicians as being politically motivated and baseless. There may be some truth…