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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…

Reader’s Forum — 4-5-17

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Crying “Wolf!” As a child, my mother used to tell me stories designed to connect my limited understanding with timeless and important truths. Bill Bennet later collected many of these stories in a book called “The Book of Virtues.” “The Three Little Pigs” taught me about working smart and “Jack…

Spring reading blooms

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Spring is finally here for good, and as light green and new blooms fill our landscapes, it might be time for me to suggest a few books for the new season. In “Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog,” Carrboro author Ralph…

Businesses vote with their feet

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Left-wing activists spent a year complaining that House Bill 2 was hurting North Carolina’s business climate. They eagerly cited opposition from banks, manufacturers, and other out-of-state interests. Most effectively, they pointed to NCAA games being played in other states as evidence that North Carolina was paying…

The Cure for the Cure: Fixing health care properly

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist “This is not the end of the debate.” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said that on ABC’s “This Week” regarding the House leadership’s failed health care bill, and he’s exactly right. Even President Trump, as he was voicing disappointment over its legislative fate, couldn’t help noting “what’s…

Our View— Back to square one

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The odds that the repeal of HB2 was going to make everyone happy were basically zero. Liberal groups are offended because the Republican-dominated state legislature, shockingly, didn’t codify civil rights protections for transgender people. Conservative groups are offended because those same politicians rolled back a law that essentially, in part,…

Small towns, courts, and independent thinkers

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “I have to vote to break a tie on town council’s votes all the time,” the mayor of a small North Carolina mountain town told a friend. “When they deadlock it is a 3 to 3 vote, with the same people always voting together.” When asked…

NC may lock in regressive changes to tax code

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Guest Columnist RALEIGH — For most of the 20th century, North Carolina’s income tax operated on a simple principle – that the bank president should pay at a higher rate than the bank teller. But the Republican legislature, in 2013, changed the tax laws so that everyone pays…