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Locking in the future

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Legislative Republicans are acting as though their days are numbered. Having remade the state’s fiscal structure in their own likeness, Republicans are now looking to lock in their personal income tax rates with a constitutional amendment and their flush savings reserve, a.k.a. “The Rainy Day…

Guest View: Cooper should be allowed to pick cabinet

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We appreciate the discernment of the three N.C. Superior Court judges who issued a temporary restraining order to allow Gov. Roy Cooper to appoint his cabinet secretaries unhindered, as the Journal’s Richard Craver reported. Their order overrides a portion of House Bill 17, which the Republican-controlled legislature passed and includes…

CEOs highlight Pre-K as linchpin of reading, and jobs

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist As the co-founder and CEO of the analytics software company SAS, Jim Goodnight ranks as an iconic North Carolina business leader and places 51st on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans. As the president pro tem of the state Senate, Republican Phil Berger of…

DeVos attackers surrender high ground

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political discourse. While objections to her lack of experience in government were understandable, critics went far beyond that to attack her character and question her intentions. She…

Editor’s Note: The media is crying wolf about Trump

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I read more newspapers and magazines, and more media criticism, than is healthy or natural. Part of that’s a function of doing this job. The more I know about what media outlets great and small are doing, the better I can, hopefully, edit this newspaper, direct…

Troubled by the state of politics? Ending gerrymandering could be the ‘big fix’

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BRYAN WARNER Guest Columnist Our nation is still feeling the aftershocks of last year’s deeply contentious presidential election. Political polarization seems as intense as it’s ever been in modern times. Many of us may want to simply throw our hands up in disgust, disconnect from the rancor and step away…

The Arnold Schwarzenegger of legislatures

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist It is perhaps symbolic that the North Carolina legislature is one of only three in the country with its own building — and not just any building but one designed by the same architect responsible for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.…

Guest View: State should work to decrease drunk driving

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“DWI arrests declining across Southeastern N.C., law enforcement agencies say” That headline appeared in the StarNews last week. So did these: “Suspected drunken driver in fatal crash possibly drove wrong way for 9 miles” “Supply man charged with murder in DWI crash was out on bail” We’re never quite sure…

Reader’s Forum

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Commissioners shouldn’t restrict building The recent proposal by the county commissioners for a possible moratorium on new construction in Catawba Springs township is disturbing. We are just recovering from the devastating effects that the bank crash and recession caused our county. A moratorium should be used as a last resort,…

Fiscal uncertainty hurts state economy

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Do governors and state legislators really have much to do with the performance of state economies? If governors and state legislators are to be believed, their policies are responsible for all good economic news — and rarely responsible for the bad news. It’s easy to ridicule…