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Six strikes and you’re out, Rep. Brockman

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist In the following paragraphs, I’m going to give you many reasons why state Rep. Cecil Brockman of High Point should resign from the General Assembly, or at the very least be shown the door after the 2016 election. Then, at the end, I’m going to tell…

Making friends with our presidents

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist The president of the United States today sends troops to fight in distant lands for long periods, enters into binding agreements with foreign powers, and takes other extraordinary actions, all without prior approval from Congress. Presidential candidates promise to reverse their predecessors’ agreements on the first…

Activists oppose free speech

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist However complicated you want to try to make it, the concept of free speech does not contain the right to shut other people up. Unfortunately, there is an entire movement of political activists right now who would not only disagree with my assertion but would seek…

Vital reforms to improve our roads

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PATRICK McHenry Guest Columnist Every day, residents throughout our area are reliant upon our nation’s interstate system. There is the Kings Mountain resident jumping on Interstate 85 to head to work in Charlotte each morning or the Hickory family headed up to Asheville for a weekend camping trip using Interstate…

Reader’s Forum — 12-14-15

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Mitchem will have support Dear Mr. Doug Broome from Iron Station: You say you are going to send Carrol Mitchem packing back to Highway 27 after the County Commission election? Don’t pack your bags just yet. A lot of people in Western Lincoln County love and respect Carroll Mitchem. We…

‘Isolationist’ is a compliment coming from Marco Rubio

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist After claiming a special expertise in foreign policy, GOP presidential wannabe Marco Rubio finds himself under fire because of his neoconservative tendencies. He’s responded in the usual way for someone whose policies would keep America perpetually at war: accuse his critics of being “isolationists.” Trying to…

Campaign season starts to heat up

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The next three months are pretty much guaranteed to be interesting for politics buffs in Lincoln County. Eight people — six Republicans and two Democrats — have entered the race for the county’s board of commissioners. Each party will send three candidates to the general election in November, so the…

McHenry: Vital reforms to improve our roads

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PATRICK MCHENRY Guest Columnist Every day, residents throughout our area are reliant upon our nation’s interstate system. There is the Kings Mountain resident jumping on Interstate 85 to head to work in Charlotte each morning or the Hickory family headed up to Asheville for a weekend camping trip using Interstate…

Martin was a good choice

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The chairperson of the county’s board of commissioners is responsible for more than just handling procedural aspects of the board’s monthly meeting. That person is, for all intents and purposes, the public face of county government and, in times of crisis, Lincoln County as a whole. That’s why Lincoln County…

Keep an open mind on extreme sports park

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My wife and I have been Lincoln County residents for close to 30 years. We like the relaxed country atmosphere. We also enjoy eating out at nice bar and grill type places. This of course means we have to take our money out of Lincoln County. We go to Belmont,…