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Don’t super-size the minimum wage

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Well, this isn’t a typical election year. Why should the perennial fight over the minimum wage be any different? We usually hear calls to raise it by a dollar or two. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25, so you’d expect advocates of a higher starting…

Hometown debates will inform voters

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina is urbanizing — that much is certain. You can chart it in the economic data about population, income, and job creation. You can see it in the cranes that rise into the skylines of our largest cities. You can hear it as you travel…

GUEST VIEW — Shooting probe should be public

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Harnett Sheriff Wayne Coats says he wants “to build trust with the community and try to get back on track.” That’s why Coats gathered about 300 people on the lawn outside his office and the Harnett County Courthouse last week to pray for healing, peace, unity and support for law…

Chang and Eng: chapter two

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Sometimes a simple newspaper column can take its writer to surprising places. For instance, after my column on the Siamese Twins was published last month, I got a call from Henry Bunker who lives in Mebane. His brother, Fred, read the column and passed it to…

Tax reform would attract capital

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JOHN LOCKE Syndicated Columnist Even if you’ve never had any interest in doing it yourself, you should want North Carolina to be a great place to start a new business. Why? Because that new business might employ you or a family member one day. Start-up companies create a disproportionate share…

Raleigh desperately needs nonpartisan think tank

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Attention millionaires and billionaires and anyone else with extra money who wants to spend it in a meaningful way in North Carolina. Raleigh desperately needs a nonpartisan, independent think tank to examine important issues from a neutral perspective and bring some level of clarity to debates…

Climate change can’t be ignored any more

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Those coastal homeowners and developers in North Carolina who have their heads in the sand with regard to global warming and climate change have had a tough few days. This weekend’s searing days are not in themselves evidence of a warming planet and the rising seas that will come with…

A climate change on free speech

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist A few months ago, news broke of an astounding assault on free speech. No, the media didn’t present it that way, but that’s how some conservatives, myself included, characterized it. And with good reason. The assault in question came via a group of Democratic attorneys general.…

GUEST VIEW — On the state’s economy

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The governor and many of his cabinet members are trumpeting this state’s economic resurgence as they head down the trail into what will be a hard-fought 2016 election. And there’s no doubt that some of our numbers are good: Unemployment is falling steadily, even as jobs are created by new…

GUEST VIEW — Sick leave for food-service workers

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It seems self-evident that people with contagious illnesses should not be preparing or serving food. Unfortunately, they often are forced to choose between endangering public health or going without essentials. Food-service jobs include seven of the 10 lowest-paying jobs in the Asheville area, according to recent data from the Bureau…