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Obama’s misguided reversal on Social Security expansion

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CHARLES HUGHES Guest Columnist In a speech this week, President Barack Obama called for an expansion of Social Security, saying “it’s time we finally made Social Security more generous, and increased its benefits.” Obama was undoubtedly influenced to some degree by the developments in the Democratic primary, where both Bernie…

Expect an eventful June on Jones Street

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – For the first three weeks of this legislative session, the House and Senate puttered along. The House worked on its budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, while the Senate considered few bills of note. Speculation arose that the General Assembly might just pass a…

Dialogue on Fort Bragg is necessary

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They took the tarp off the elephant in the room, letting three visiting members of Congress in on a muted controversy that’s slowly brewing. Fayetteville City Councilman Kirk deViere brought it up at a Greater Fayetteville Chamber roundtable discussion that brought Sen. Thom Tillis, Rep. Richard Hudson and House Armed…

Why Clinton won’t win the foreign policy debate

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A. TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist Hillary Clinton clearly believes that she enjoys a decided advantage over Donald Trump when it comes to foreign policy. Her speech on June 2 in San Diego launched what will clearly be a sustained attack on Trump’s qualifications as commander-in-chief. Citing his support for torturing…

Making children’s lives safer

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It’s been a tragic several months for the lives and well-being of children and young people in our area. Wednesday was especially heart-rending. First, we learned of the motor-vehicle deaths of two area high school students. By the end of the day, Wilmington Police reported the death of an 8-month-old…

Keep a lid on state debt

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — It’s cheap to borrow right now. That doesn’t mean you ought to load up with new debt, however, and this same wisdom applies to the public sector. North Carolina has traditionally maintained low levels of indebtedness, at least when compared to other states. According…

What if the United Kingdom departs the European Union?

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Donald Trump’s success in the U.S. is not unique. Europe is being buffeted by similar populist currents. The United Kingdom might vote to exit the European Union in June. Moreover, a yes victory might spark what John Gillingham of the Harvard Center for European Studies and…

Be wary of motorcycle bills

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – Sometimes, in this job, you just get a funny feeling about what might happen next. That happened recently when a bill was filed in the state House with an odd title: “DOT/No Discrimination Against Motorcyclists.” At any other time in history, that might not…

OUR VIEW — Honor the fallen by caring for the living

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We can always do more to honor the soldiers who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy in this country. Lincoln County is fortunate to have an active collection of veterans and veterans’ advocates that ensures that local men and women who served or are serving in the armed…

A jackass or a carpenter?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.” Using a saying from UNC President Margaret Spellings’s native Texas, one attributed to Sam Rayburn, the long-time speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Lambeth was beginning his tribute to…