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Books for Trump and Clinton

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Could reading a few North Carolina connected books help Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton be better candidates, campaigners, and debaters during the next couple of months? I think so. If Trump read UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Konrad Jarausch’s 800-page “Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe…

The state GOP and early voting

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The chairman of the state GOP has encouraged Republicans on county elections boards to “make party line changes to early voting” by limiting the number of hours and keeping polling sites closed on Sundays during the November elections, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported last week. This isn’t the…

Do facts determine your views?

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist I have strong opinions. You probably do, too. Most people have deeply felt convictions about at least some matters of public controversy. Given the right context, most are willing to express their views to others and debate their disagreements. How do we form our opinions? When…

A frank, necessary discussion on police violence

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – I learned a lot listening to law enforcement and government officials in North Carolina chatting openly for two hours about recent problems with police violence across the country. It’s a discussion that needs to happen often here in the wake of questionable shootings of…

Checking the national ‘dashboard’

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist You know those polls where they ask people if the country is heading in the right direction? One problem with that question is that it lacks context or detail. What makes us say yes or no? It’s generally a gut reaction that often has little to…

Restructuring of city department overdue

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Robert A. Tomlinson Lincolnton Since hiring of Steve Zickefoose, City Managers, and truly bi-partisan City Council, an increased accountability within our City Business Community Development Department (CBCDD) has occurred. Previously, this city department were autonomous from city hall with little outsight. Relocating BCDD office to city hall has been a…

The minotaur takes his own sweet time

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Do you think that the Greek legendary half-bull, half-man called the Minotaur could help us understand what is going on in American politics this year? In case you do not remember the Minotaur, he was the offspring of a queen of Crete, who, subject to a…

Freedom rises in North Carolina

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The latest report card about freedom is out — and North Carolina shows progress in several areas. But some of our grades are still intolerably low. The “Freedom in the 50 States” report, now published by the Cato Institute, uses hundreds of datasets to rank states…

Crack, killing and coaching don’t mix

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Most people can agree that they don’t want a person who deals drugs or has taken another human being’s life around their children. Most people, that is, except the leadership of several local athletics organizations. The Times-News has learned that at least two Optimist Clubs — Boger City and Stanley…

Affects of rigged districts will linger

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The architects of the current maps of General Assembly districts billed them as complying with the law and the Constitution, saying they fully guaranteed that African-American candidates would be able to win seats. They were right about that, as recent electoral experience has shown. But what they didn’t say was…