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OUR VIEW — For a simple tax code

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The United States tax code is dense, convoluted and “full of special favors, carve-outs, phase-outs and subsidies — that you pay for, one way or another,” according to Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Bush made that statement at a campaign stop in Garner on Wednesday. He also elaborated on a…

Ensuring a free and open Internet

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist There aren’t many things we can take for granted these days, but some things really feel as though they should be a given. A free and open Internet, for example. Twenty years ago, it was still a novelty for many of us. But today it’s an…

The end near, a quick session recap

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist With a state budget compromise nearing completion, the 2015 long legislative session soon will come to an end. Here are 10 highlights of the session on Jones Street so far this year: 1) Magistrates’ recusal: More than 30 – or roughly 5 percent of the state’s…

OUR VIEW — Government shut down wouldn’t be the end of the world

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There’s a chance the federal government could shut down if Congress and President Barack Obama don’t reach a short-term spending agreement by Sept. 30 — so cue the hyperbolic rhetoric about the catastrophe that would cause. This is all similar to the government shutdown in 2013, when Republicans in Congress…

Growth combats income inequality

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Although it is misunderstood and wildly exaggerated by some, income inequality is a real issue about which state policymakers of all parties should be concerned. America’s system of free enterprise used to be one of the world’s best providers of upward mobility. And real, inflation-adjusted incomes…

State eugenics program victims deserve fair compensation

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist In 1947, 14-year-old Willis Lynch of Littleton was asked by a nurse to sing a song as she placed a mask over his face. Lynch unknowingly inhaled an anesthetic, and then underwent a vasectomy procedure without his consent. The forced sterilization was ordered by the state…

Reader’s Forum: Thanks for donation — 9-9-15

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Thanks for donation On behalf of the United Way of Lincoln County I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Ross Stores, Inc. for the $500.00 in gift cards to be used for the teachers of Lincoln County to support their clothing closets. Ross being the newest addition…

Editor’s Note: Race to the bottom

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The presidential primary is in the “Race to the Bottom” stage. The lowest common denominator rules and the national media is behaving like a shill, parlaying salacious, inane statements into headlines, rather than exploring the policy differences that will have a real impact on the future…

Reader’s Forum: McHenry follows through

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McHenry follows through I hear people complain on a regular basis that politicians are not accessible and do not listen to their constituents. Most of the time, these complaints about politicians are valid. However, my Congressman, Patrick McHenry is an exception to this norm. When the Congressman was campaigning for…

The ACLU, ESAs and the future of school choice

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Another school year is underway, and more parents than ever are using school choice to ensure the best education for their children. Or should I say trying to use them? Some groups, after all, are trying to thwart them. Who, you ask? Just ask parents in…