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Voters send clear tax message

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When North Carolina voters in 17 counties cast their ballots this year, they had the option of voting “yes” or “no” for proposed increases in local sales or property taxes. In effect, however, voters in all 100 counties got their say on tax policy. The message…

Trump protests will change nothing

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If anyone needed more evidence of the sorry state of what passes for the ideological far left in this country, look no further than recent protests of the election of Donald Trump in major cities across the country. Trump won the presidential election thanks to the Electoral College which, like…

WNC city can help end local poverty

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The poor need not always be with us. We can conquer poverty, in Asheville and elsewhere, if we commit ourselves to creating a sufficient number of jobs that pay a living wage and seeing that people have the training to hold those jobs. Last week, the Citizen-Times ran a series…

Legislators could keep control of state Supreme Court

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MELISSA BOUGHTON Guest Columnist North Carolina voters have spoken, and they tipped the state Supreme Court to a Democratic majority Tuesday, but there’s a possibility that the Republican-led legislature will attempt to gain partisan control again before the end of the year by packing the court. The high court is…

Trump and NATO — Redefining the U.S. role

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BRAD STAPLETON Guest Columnist Throughout the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump’s attitude toward NATO has engendered significant consternation throughout both Europe and the U.S. foreign policy establishment. Although the president-elect has not explicitly advocated pulling out of the NATO, he has suggested that the United States should rethink its involvement…

Drug prohibition was a loser on Tuesday

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ADAM BATES Guest Columnist Marijuana legalization keeps rolling. The legalization of recreational marijuana was on the ballot in five states yesterday. The people of California, Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize. As of this writing, legalization maintains a slim, too-close-to-call lead in Maine as well. Legalization failed in Arizona by…

Trump, trade and foreign policy

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CHRISTINE GULUZIAN Guest Columnist Donald Trump has been touting staunchly protectionist and isolationist rhetoric on trade policy throughout his campaign. Whether this was merely campaign-talk is still to be seen. However, at his core, Trump is a businessman. In the business world, isolationism is synonymous with self-destruction. So when Trump…

Isolationist or imperialist?

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EMMA ASHFORD Guest Columnist lton, King George, newly estranged from the revolutionary American colonies, challenges his former subjects to justify their choice. “What comes next?” he asks, “You’ve been freed. Do you know how hard it is to lead? You’re on your own. Awesome, wow! Do you have a clue…

It’s up to Congress and the Court

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To hear the left tell it, the election of Donald Trump may very well signal the end of the world as we know it. That might be just a tad bit alarmist. But Trump’s win was certainly a shock to many, especially the people who believed the polls were accurate…

What happens after the voting?

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist As I write this, the balloting isn’t yet over in North Carolina. But here’s an election result I can forecast with absolute confidence: most North Carolinians, like most Americans, will be dissatisfied with the outcome. I don’t just mean that roughly half the voters will end…