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Safer? A veteran perspective on Trump’s border wall

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ADAM SVOLTO MICHAEL RAFETTO Guest Columnist Six days into his presidency, President Donald Trump ordered construction of the border wall that he so often referenced during his campaign. His stated purpose was to “ensure the safety and territorial integrity of the United States.” While no one would argue that safety…

Our View: LPD officer helps keep children safe

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There are few crimes more serious than crimes against children. Lincoln County is lucky to have a law enforcement officer leading the charge against would-be predators. Lincolnton Police Department Detective Brent Heavner, who was profiled in a front-page story in Friday’s edition, has arrested nearly 50 suspects on charges that…

Education as ‘carnage’ in a stir-’em-up inaugural

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Over the two decades that I have taught a course on Southern politics to UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates, I have regularly assigned All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren’s celebrated novel published in 1946 and drawn from his observations of Huey Long, the populist governor of Louisiana…

Devolve transportation to the states

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist With all the furor and protests accompanying the launch of the Donald Trump administration, you might assume there’s little room for bipartisan cooperation in Washington. That assumption is mistaken. The new president says he’d like to enact a 10-year, half-trillion-dollar program of infrastructure investment. Congressional Democrats…

Devolve transportation to the states

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Congressional Democrats spent much of the final years of Barack Obama’s presidential administration lamenting Republican obstructionism and the unwillingness of Congress to work with Obama on any substantive legislation or appointees. That criticism reached a shrill pitch with Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court seat vacated when…

Gray hair, paunches and a long-ago campaign

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist When most political campaigns are over, the staff and volunteers strike their tents and head home. That is particularly true when their candidate loses, because they will not be rewarded with any government jobs or appointments. Which makes the 1972 gubernatorial campaign of Hargrove “Skipper” Bowles…

Term limits come naturally in Raleigh

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Visit your old neighborhood and you might find most things look the same. The trees may be taller, there may be a new porch or a repainted house, but there’s enough physical similarity to evoke old memories. It’s when you see strangers mowing your old…

State tops region on labor market

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina’s labor market ended 2016 on a strong note. Total employment in the state hit 4,360,200 jobs in December, up two percent from the December 2015 figure. That exceeds the average national rate of job creation (1.5 percent) and the average for the 12-state Southeastern…

Our View: Community efforts to help others are commendable

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The past few editions of the Lincoln Times-News have been full of stories about people in the community doing good for others. On Friday, we published a story about students at Lincoln Charter School’s two campuses raising thousands of dollars for cancer research. On Wednesday, a front-page story detailed how…

Five reasons Congress should repeal Trump’s immigrant & refugee ban

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DAVID BIER Guest Columnist President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that would ban all Syrian refugees and almost all refugees from all countries from entering the United States for six months, while cutting the overall annual limit for refugees in half and banning for at least 90…