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Few surprises in North Carolina primaries

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist When all was said and done March 15, very few eyebrows raised across the state as a result of North Carolina primaries. In a year when the outsider is supposed to have an advantage, the lack of surprises was somewhat of a surprise. Looking at the…

Editor’s Note: Commissioner criticism of LTN investigation was baseless

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I wouldn’t tell Bill Beam how to write a speeding ticket. I wouldn’t tell Carrol Mitchem how to plow a field. And I wouldn’t tell Martin Oakes how to write software. I wouldn’t tell these men how to do these things because they’ve done them for a living and I…

Food, basketball, race, waterways, politics and a new literary thriller

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Primary elections are over, spring has come, we’ve sprung forward an hour, and it is time for me to suggest books for you to consider for the new season’s reading. Memories and recipes for family meals, how a basketball game broke the rigid rules of segregation…

Let’s learn how to disagree

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When it comes to politics, North Carolina is a closely divided state. Look at party, for instance. According to a March poll for WRAL-TV, 32 percent of registered voters in our state identified themselves as Republicans. The same share, 32 percent, identified themselves as Democrats. (Self-reported…

The county that voted against the bonds

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Nestled between Camp Lejeune to its north and Wilmington to its south, Pender County boasts tourist destinations like Surf City and Topsail Beach. Its farmers grow delicious blueberries, and its annual Spot Festival pays homage to one of the main fish caught along the coast there.…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Commissioner criticism of investigation is baseless

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I wouldn’t tell Bill Beam how to write a speeding ticket. I wouldn’t tell Carrol Mitchem how to plow a field. And I wouldn’t tell Martin Oakes how to write software. I wouldn’t tell these men how to do these things because they’ve done them for…

OUR VIEW — Tax to maintain roads should be unnecessary

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Owning a car in Lincolnton may soon get a little bit more expensive. City leaders seem poised to pass a new fee, possibly as high as $30, for registering a vehicle to a home within the city limits. The majority of the Motor Vehicle License Tax “must be used for…

The conservative case for ending cannabis prohibition

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist What if I told you it is impossible to be both a conservative and a prohibitionist? Those who identify as a conservative often cite the same few common tenants: they value Constitutional rights, advocate for limited government and are for lower taxes. To support our current…

Reader’s Forum — 3-23-16

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Commissioner criticism of newspaper was wrong I am outraged that Monday night our elected County Commissioners used the public forum designed for the people’s business to attack a newspaper reporter for writing an in-depth, investigative article that questioned multiple practices at Lincoln County Animal Services. Furthermore, they belittled our local…

Reduce costs, not just prices

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Do you wonder why political adversaries seem so often to talk past each other rather than engage in useful debate? One reason is that, in many cases, they really aren’t talking about the same things. Consider two issues drawing a lot of attention in North Carolina…