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GUEST VIEW — Transparency in state government

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How open and honest is state government in North Carolina? Not very, according to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity. The center’s 2015 State Integrity Investigation gave our state a D grade. In part, that’s because there’s a pretty significant gulf between what the law requires and…

Syrian refugees don’t pose a serious security threat

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ALEX NOWRASTEH Guest Columnist Of the 859,629 refugees admitted from 2001 onward, only three have been convicted of planning terrorist attacks on targets outside of the United States and none was successfully carried out. That is one terrorism-planning conviction for a refugee for every 286,543 of them who have been…

OUR VIEW — Adoptive parents give a great gift

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One of the greatest gifts a person can be given is a parent’s love. Many of us grew up in loving, happy homes with parents who cared for us and helped raise us to be the people we’ve become. That’s not always the case, though. Some children, for one reason…

Celebrating connections to winners of the North Carolina Awards

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Finally, something to brag about, I thought as I made my way to the annual dinner for the presentation of this year’s North Carolina Awards. These awards recognize contributions in the fields of fine art, literature, public service and science. I am always amazed to learn…

Will politicians return Keith contributions?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist When video sweepstakes executive Chase Burns sent about $270,000 in campaign donations to dozens of North Carolina state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory in 2012, it was clear what he wanted. He wanted to make sure the sweepstakes games remained legal in the Tar Heel state,…

Government gets poor data

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Politicians have two main rhetorical tools as their disposal. When they want to build rapport with voters, they use an anecdote — often about an impoverished childhood, an upwardly mobile family, or a moment of great personal triumph or tragedy. The other tool employed most often…

OUR VIEW — Time to take out Islamic State

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The images coming out of France on Friday were shocking and horrifying. Any time a terrorist attack hits a western nation, world leaders vow to rigorously hunt down the people who are responsible. But in this case, we know which organization has claimed to be responsible. For the good of…

Hold next council meeting in Citizens Center

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Hold next council meeting in Citizens Center Upon reading your recent editorial regarding outcome of recent city election, I had been contemplating responding. While attending our Nov. 5 City Council meeting, I had signed up to speak in the public comments. During my presentation, I congratulated Mayor John Gilleland and…

Want to reduce domestic violence? Expand Medicaid.

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TARA ROMANO Guest Columnist Speaking at a recent press event on North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid, I highlighted the fact that October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I’m sure many were initially surprised to hear me make the connection between these two subjects. It’s clear that many important state…

Towards a balanced budget amendment

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ILYA SHAPIRO Guest Columnist I’ve previously written about the Compact for America, an organization that advocates a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the Constitution through an interstate compact. (Full disclosure: I’m on the CFA Council of Scholars.) Not surprisingly there are several organizations and grassroots movements out there pushing BBAs.…