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Reader’s Forum— 4-12-17

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Prior commitment led to missed public hearing At the Lincoln County school board meeting on March 7 and March 14, I reported to the chairman, Mark Mullen, and other board members that I could not attend the meeting on re-alignment on March 23 at Kiser Elementary. Our chairman stated that…

Confirmation conflict no showstopper so far

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MARK BINKER Guest Columnist RALEIGH — It was supposed to be the best show in Raleigh without a cover charge or two-drink minimum. For the first time in North Carolina’s history, lawmakers would summon the folks a governor appointed to run his cabinet departments and pass judgment on whether they…

Campuses should foster free speech

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist During my recent week as a “practitioner in residence” at Duke University, speaking to a wide range of faculty and students, I felt more than welcome on a campus where my conservative viewpoint was far from the mainstream. But perhaps my experience wasn’t the norm. After…

Our View— Missile strikes in Syria

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The result of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria was evident in the faces of the men, women and children who were killed in a chemical weapons attack by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad last week. President Barack Obama’s policy of tacit support for friendly rebel groups and the…

For high schoolers, power in the gentle nudge of good guidance

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FERREL GUILLORY Syndicated Columnist David Coleman, president of The College Board, told the UNC Board of Governors that the university system has “enormous power, latent power’’ to influence the course of teenagers through high school and into college. While he spoke to UNC policy makers and administrators at the board’s…

Business drive for compromise on HB2 follows an NC tradition

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist The House Bill 2 controversy was such a titanic struggle because it tapped into two deep veins of North Carolina politics — business progressivism and social conservatism. It is hardly surprising that Charlotte business leaders helped midwife a compromise agreement to repeal HB2, the state law…

Guest View— UNC’s national title

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It’s an oh-so-familiar sight to Triangle college basketball fans — confetti streaming from the rafters of a cavernous sports arena, fans storming the court, players embracing. But familiar though it may be, the shining moment never fades, is always fresh to each year’s tournament champions, as it was Monday night…

HB2 leaves scars behind even after repeal

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MARK BINKER Syndicated Columnist A fine little line lurks just under one of the eyes that stares out at me from the bathroom mirror each morning. It marks where a plastic surgeon did a pretty good job of patching up a pretty bad error in judgment. After putting in more…

Learning and winning go together

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The first time I visited the campus of Duke University, I did so because Rand Paul asked me to. It was during the 1988 presidential election. Like many conservative and libertarian students of the day, my friends and I at the University of North Carolina at…

OUR VIEW — A new West Lincoln library

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Every community needs a library. The West Lincoln branch of the Lincoln County Public Library system is currently in a strip mall on Highway 27. The space is small and cramped. Library system employees have told reporters that tables and books have to be rearranged for many of the library’s…