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Why Democrats could benefit from a Trump victory

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Most Democrats are happy that Donald Trump’s campaign is stumbling. But some, looking at the long term, might think that a Trump win next month would be a good thing. Not for the country, they would explain, but for the future of the Democratic Party. Just…

Liability funding debated

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Politicians love to scare us. Whether it’s terrorism, a virus or crime, their message is: Vote for me, or you’re in danger. The challenge for voters is deciding whether the danger is real or imagined. North Carolinians have a scary issue ahead and they’ll have…

Presidential candidates mislead voters

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist In 1653, an Anglican clergyman named William Lee had an idea. Watching his family members work constantly with their knitting needles, Lee wondered if it might be possible to automate the process of knitting wool into cloth. “My duties to Church and family I began to…

NC Republicans’ political miscalculation on HB2

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist The North Carolina Republican leadership could be forgiven if it thought the HB2 issue would be the political equivalent of a basketball layup. Although North Carolina is forward thinking in many ways, the state has a conservative streak as wide as the Pamlico Sound. When faced…

Body camera law is deeply flawed

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The recent shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte and the uncertainty over whether he had a gun in his hands has thrown the issue of police bodycams into the forefront. By tragic coincidence it comes as a new law takes effect making police camera footage exempt from public record…

Opioid addiction is an epidemic

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When you think of drug addicts and epidemics of opioid abuse, images of big cities come to mind, especially those rundown neighborhoods that are already plagued with crime. But the truth belies that image. Those addicts are just as likely to live next to a bucolic covered bridge in Vermont…

Refugees, immigrants and the polarization of American foreign policy

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TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist If I asked you whether Americans were more likely to name immigrants and refugees a critical threat to the United States in 1998 or in 2016, which year would you guess? Most people, I think, would quickly choose 2016. Most people, however, would be wrong. According…

The presidential election campaign?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Or the furor over HB2? The good news is that one will be over in a few weeks. The bad news is that the other won’t. On November 8 the election campaigning ends. The heavy doses of drug-like campaign ads and cable news coverage the mean-spirited,…

Reader’s Forum

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Students aren’t prepared Students are not prepared for college, let alone the “real world,” after moving through the public school system of Lincoln County. I am a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I attribute my less-than-amazing GPA to the Lincoln County school system. Don’t…

Grow that government!

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JIM HARPER Guest Columnist What does it take to make a state-level Republican policymaker work to grow the power of the Obama Administration? Not much! Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is a case in point. In the wake of a shooting at a Macy’s in Mount Vernon, Washington, late…