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HB2 is unenforceable I would like to ask the ardent supporters of HB2 several questions. Does it apply only to adults or does it cover school-aged children as well? Is the violation a misdemeanor or a felony? These are trick questions. They have no answer. That’s because, unlike other legislation,…

Roy Cooper got it wrong

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew is devastating. The images are heartbreaking. The numbers are overwhelming. Dozens of lives lost. Hundreds of serious injuries. Thousands of people displaced into shelters. Tens of thousands still without basic utilities. Hundreds of thousands still recovering from costly disruptions of their…

Oh Charlotte, my Charlotte

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What are you going to say about Charlotte? Asking me that question are some friends who know my roots are in Mecklenburg County. I spent more than half of my working career in Charlotte, and I remain bound to that community by friendships and admiration for…

Election offers distinct choices

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Early voting begins in North Carolina on Thursday and, no matter where you fall on the spectrum of political ideology, it’s of the utmost importance that you exercise your constitutional right to vote in this election. The stakes at the national level are both enormous and obvious. Eight years of…

Ending accidents on NC roadways

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Its goal is to end deaths and serious injuries on our roads in 30 years. In 2015, about 1,400 people died on state roads, which mirrors the 10-year average of 1,432 fatalities and 115,609 injuries from 2004-13. The trend line has changed alarmingly this year. Last week, the National Highway…

Farm bill will be pressing issue for next president

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CHRIS EDWARDS Guest Columnist An important issue on the plate of the incoming president will be the next farm bill. Current farm programs run through September 2018, and farm bill supporters are already making plans to extend and expand them. I have posted a new essay on why farm subsidies…

Democrats would raise sales taxes

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If Roy Cooper and North Carolina Democrats regain control of state government in Raleigh, where would they get the money to pay for all the spending promises they are making? If you were watching the October 11 debate between Cooper and the governor he wants to…

Trump Derangement Syndrome

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist Back in 2003, the psychiatrist and columnist Charles Krauthammer declared a new psychiatric syndrome, “Bush Derangement Syndrome: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency – nay – the very existence of George W. Bush.” He had a…

Helping each other after Matthew

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Matthew is gone. Nothing but clear weather ahead, for a week or more. The floodwaters have ebbed, at least here. And many residents and businesses have power back. That’s the good news. But there’s more than enough bad to go around: The damage is extensive and the losses are, for…

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The big, bad bathroom issue Let me see if I have the correct perspective in this thing: LGBT “civil rights”… specifically transgender people. Here you go. Hang with me. A man can believe or think that he is a woman in his head … should be regarded as such even…