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To the editor:

I recently wrote my representatives urging them to vote for the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump. Sen. Thom Tillis replied to my letter. His response was very disturbing. 

Monday, 25 November 2019 14:46

COLUMN: Pipeline report reveals abuse of power

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Coincidence or karma? You be the judge. 

On November 20, at the same time Ambassador Gerald Sondland was testifying about the Trump administration’s pressure campaign against the government of Ukraine, investigators hired by the North Carolina General Assembly testified Gov. Roy Cooper had “improperly used the authority and influence of his office” to pressure Duke Energy for concessions as it sought permits for a natural-gas pipeline.

Friday, 22 November 2019 18:40

COLUMN: Christmas movies starting much to early

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I was looking through the TV listings — well, that scrolling thing on the television that tells you the television schedule — and I noticed that now, one week before Thanksgiving, the Christmas shows and movies have begun to appear. 

Annie Karni, Maggie Haberman and Sheila Kaplan  of the New York Times describe U.S. president Donald Trump’s proposed ban on flavored e-cigarette products as “a swift and bold reaction to a growing public health crisis affecting teenagers” that Trump backed away from “under pressure from his political advisers and lobbyists to factor in the potential pushback from his supporters.”

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 15:20

COLUMN: Right now, money matters more than polls

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A poll from Fox News last week showed Cal Cunningham trailing Erica Smith in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. The poll also gave Sen. Thom Tillis his best numbers yet, showing he had a positive favorability rating, something he hasn’t seen in any poll since early in his tenure. It also showed him with a commanding lead in his primary. The poll contrasted with another one that showed him still underwater.  

Monday, 18 November 2019 10:50

COLUMN: When government push comes to shove

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Very few conservatives are “anti-government.” We believe government should be limited in scope, in order to maximize the freedom to make your own decisions and live according to your own values. But we also recognize that protecting that freedom is impossible without government.

President Donald Trump is in the thick of yet another high school free speech controversy. 

Thursday, 14 November 2019 14:25

COLUMN: N.C. criminal laws are a mess

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North Carolina suffers from a severe case of overcriminalization. We have more activities and actions classified as a crime, something worthy of public condemnation, than just about any state.  

“Wasting resources, capital and income on stuff nobody really needs,” Charles Hugh Smith wrote in 2017, “is a monumental disaster on multiple fronts. Rather than establish incentives to conserve and invest wisely, our system glorifies waste and the destruction of income and capital, as if burning time, capital, resources and wealth on stuff nobody needs is strengthening the economy.”

I come across the “stuff nobody needs” argument frequently, from voices all across the political spectrum, for reasons ranging from economic to environmental to spiritual.

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