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5 things to know about the House budget

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – The House finished its budget, so now it’s on to the Senate. The big question is whether the Senate will agree with most of the House’s spending or differ extensively, potentially setting up contentious negotiations. Here are five items in the House budget to…

Get to Ayden before it’s too late

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Can a Louisiana food writer tell us something about North Carolina barbecue that we did not already know? Rien Fertel gives it a good try in his new book, “The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog.” Fertel caught the…

Political coin lands on its edge

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — So far, 2016 has turned out to be a momentous year in state politics — and the general election is still months away. North Carolinians have watched and in many cases participated in the rise of Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and other avatars of…

Businesses need space to grow

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist I write today in praise of state employees who work in North Carolina’s regulatory agencies. Because of their due diligence, our state’s business climate is steadily improving — and North Carolinians are beginning to enjoy the benefits. Longtime readers need not panic (or celebrate). I haven’t…

Iconic NC conservative: Why I’ve

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I. BEVERLY LAKE, JR. Guest Columnist I’ve always been known as a tough-on-crime, pro-law enforcement individual, and I still am. During my years as a North Carolina state senator, I vigorously advocated for the death penalty. As a superior court judge, I presided over trials where the death penalty seemed…

Making college cost less

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Tom Apodaca’s ideas about making North Carolina’s state universities more affordable are worth exploring. There is, however, one big question. Legislation filed by Apodaca, a Republican from Hendersonville who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, would allow state universities to offer a fixed-tuition plan whereby the cost would not rise for…

OUR VIEW — Ignoring the will of the people

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The majority of Lincolnton’s City Council seems content with ignoring the will of most of the city’s residents. The people of Lincolnton don’t want the Council to impose a $30 tax on every registered vehicle in the city, plain and simple. The councilmen have tried to rationalize the tax by…

Reader’s Forum — 5-23-16

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Support for McHenry In today’s economy, it is apparent that our country needs fundamental health insurance reform. Since Obamacare was fully implemented, I’ve been forced to pay premiums way out of my price range for coverage that I did not ask for. I have personally seen friends and family whose…

Getting back to first principles

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Americans still enjoy freedom of religion. But these days, they’re expected to leave their faith in the pew or at home — not allow it to influence their behavior in the public square. The founding fathers didn’t take that view. “Of all the dispositions and habits…

Warning signs abound, but state leaders just keep on driving

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ALLAN FREYER Guest Columnist As the fallout from HB2 continues to pile up, one bad news story at a time, I am reminded of the time a friend of mine drove from Washington, DC to Birmingham, Alabama, unintentionally by way of Miami, Florida. (In case anyone is wondering, Miami is…