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N.C. teen pregnancies on decline, but remain above national median

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist In 2013, 47 percent of all high school students in North Carolina had already had sex, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. But despite that scary and seemingly high percentage, the rate of teen pregnancies and births are at historic lows…

She’ll be thanking him in November

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist If Hillary Clinton is elected president in November, her very first thank-you should go to Bernie Sanders. “What?” you ask. “How could she thank Sanders when his vigorous campaign took people away from her natural and expected support groups– progressive women, young African Americans, and other…

News for McCrory is mixed

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Gov. Pat McCrory just got both good news and bad news about his prospects of defeating his likely Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, in the fall election. Let’s start with the bad news. While Donald Trump’s delegate harvest over the early March primaries and caucuses…

Support for Connect NC Bond referendum

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The March 15 primary ballot offers North Carolinians a chance to make a smart investment in education, jobs and quality of life in the form of the Connect NC bond referendum. If voters approve it, the $2 billion bond will provide funds for colleges and universities, agriculture, parks, water and…

Some cold facts on global warming

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist On the last day of February, the high temperature hit 64 degrees here in Washington. Yet the snow drifts from January’s massive East Coast blizzard were still melting. So what are we to make of the weather and the climate-change controversy? Is it getting warmer or…

Reader’s Forum: Support for Curtis — 3-7-16

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Support for Curtis For the past several years, I’ve had the distinct personal honor of supporting Dr. David Curtis in his Senate efforts. In all these years, he has never changed from the compassionate and responsive individual he was when he offered his optical services to the residents of Lincoln…

Our View: Many choices in primary race

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Voters in Lincoln County, especially Republicans, can’t say they don’t have any choices in the upcoming primary elections. Seven Board of Commissioners candidates are running for three spots to advance to November’s general election, where they’ll face two strong Democrat contenders. Two incumbent Republicans are in the race but, with…

Reader’s Forum: Support for Carney

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Support for Carney I received an interesting political advertisement from State Sen. David Curtis. In his ad, he promises to keep fighting to stop the toll roads. As the Iredell County representative for the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO), I was quite surprised to read this. I just have…

You gain from new businesses

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated columnist Some people dream of going into business for themselves. Even if you aren’t one of them, you should be rooting for many of these dreamers to succeed. New businesses create lots of jobs. And new businesses are often the source of innovative products and services that…

An embarrassing new low in political discourse

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist When I was in grade school, my school’s soccer team didn’t lose many games. Our coach routinely would tell us not to “play down” to the competition, as that would put us in a position to lose. “Play your own game,” he would say. Unfortunately, I…