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March 30, 2017

Let's look back six years to the beginning of this Republican legislative era and ask: Has the GOP done what we, or at least I, expected?

On tax changes: Yes. They returned the sales tax to 6.75 percent, flattened the progressive income tax to one bracket, significantly cut taxes on upper income…


Mozul airstrikes no way to win a war

March 30, 2017

Until now there has been a stark contrast between the tactics of the U.S.-backed military campaign to recapture Mosul, Iraq, from the Islamic State and those of Russian and Syrian government forces attacking rebels in neighboring Syria. The latter has featured deliberate bombing of civilian targets,…


Independent thinkers

March 30, 2017

“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 if it were a Democrat versus Republican…


Government ill-equipped to keep public informed

March 29, 2017

Some North Carolina lawmakers want local governments to compete with newspapers and sell legal advertising, making important information more difficult to find.

Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, introduced a bill that would not only exempt city and county governments from statutory requirements for…