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A public library can fill many needs in a small community, and Ashe County has one of the most active in the High Country when it comes to needs fulfillment. From its programming and literacy outreach to its research and computer offerings, Ashe County Public Library serves thousands of resi…

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At the same time that she was caring for her newborn son, Kristen Hanson was caring for her husband, James Joseph, who would die shortly after Christmas 2017.

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North Carolina politicians and policy analysts have been arguing for decades about targeted economic incentives. I have my own view on the subject, which I’ll share later in this column, but I think it would be helpful first to describe four very different takes on the issue.

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The article “App State solar vehicle team debuts two-passenger car” was incredibly exciting to read (Mountain Times, June 28, tinyurl.com/ycgo54ly), given the dedication of the students working on their car. Solar energy has immense potential in the coming years in the movement to transition…

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If Mitch McConnell's Senate can confirm his new nominee for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump may have completed the capture of all three branches of the U.S. government for the Republican Party.

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The Canadian government, lining the pockets of its dairy producers, imposes high tariffs on American dairy imports. That forces Canadians to pay higher prices for dairy products. For example, Canadians pay $5.24 for a 10.5-ounce block of cheddar. In Washington, D.C., that same amount of ched…

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Comedians making jokes about getting your abortions now, before the Supreme Court abolishes Roe v. Wade. Emojis indicating a woman won’t have sex with a man who is anti-abortion. Headline declarations that “There’s A Special Place In Hell For Women Who Gut Abortion Rights.” Such has been the…

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As predictable as the mountain laurel and rhododendron, an American Red Cross appeal for blood blossoms each spring and summer — a need that arises annually from increased demand and hundreds of fewer blood drives and donors than at other times of the year due to holidays and vacations.

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Once again we have had to suffer the annual lunacy of people letting off illegal fireworks. Emergency Departments throughout the state and nation experienced their usual high incidence of burn victims on the night of the fourth and early hours of the fifth of July. When are we going to learn?

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As we once again commemorate the formal birth of the United States, it’s important to think about what makes America exceptional — what makes it, despite evident flaws, so worthy of our loyalty and affection.

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As we once again commemorate the formal birth of the United States, it’s important to think about what makes America exceptional — what makes it, despite evident flaws, so worthy of our loyalty and affection.

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Amy Wax, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, has come under attack and scathing criticism because she dared criticize the school’s racial preferences program. In an interview with Brown University economist Glenn Loury, discussing affirmative action, Wax mentioned how racial preferen…

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We don’t need hot weather to keep things overheated in response to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court. It’s a potential political apocalypse or triumph, depending on which press release you’re reading. The level of emotion betrays how the court has become as overly p…

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Whether North Carolina pays its public schoolteachers at a level close or equal to the national average is one of the most-debated issues in state politics. Alas, it doesn’t deserve to be.

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My column a fortnight ago, titled “Diversity and Inclusion Harm,” focused on the dumbing down of science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula to achieve a more pleasing mixture of participants in terms of race and sex.

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“The problem is not that we disagree, but that our disagreements have become so callous, emotional and inconsiderate,” wrote Michael Wear in his book “Reclaiming Hope.” Wear used to work for President Barack Obama on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships.

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When I was in France last week, Anthony Bourdain, also in France working on his popular and influential food and culture program for CNN, took his life.

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For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said: “Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder that it …

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“President Trump has diligently and successfully gone about fulfilling his promises to the pro-life voters who worked so hard to elect him, and it has been a privilege to stand with him to defend the innocent unborn,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, at the…

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With more than 1,000 bicyclists expected to converge on our roadways early Saturday, there are two things to remember.

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It’s summertime and Ashe County’s children are out of school once again. It’s a great time for most children, but for those in abusive or neglectful homes, it can be a dangerous time because the extra eyes on them during the school year are not there.

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While the term “fake news” may be of recent vintage, the phenomenon isn’t. For decades, policymakers in North Carolina and elsewhere have trafficked in poorly understood, misleading or demonstrably false information — often unknowingly, although that’s bad enough — and made poor decisions as…

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In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians and race hustlers, it’s not long before the magical words “diversity” and “inclusiveness” drop from their lips. Racial minorities are the intended targets of this sociological largesse, but women are included, as well.…

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I spent the better part of last week at a conference at Georgetown University dedicated to overcoming polarization. We didn’t achieve that goal. But we sure walked out of there knowing some new people and perspectives.

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The recent legislative adjustments to North Carolina’s 2018-19 state budget produced two main political controversies that we’ll hear more about as we move through the campaign season to the November midterms.

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You did not get to a parade or service on Memorial Day. You can’t get to the Normandy beaches this week for the anniversary of D-Day. You are feeling a need to be in touch with the sacrifices service men and women made for our country’s sake — for our sake.

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Having enjoyed my 82nd birthday, I am part of a group of about 50 million Americans who are 65 years of age or older. Those who are 90 or older were in school during the 1930s. My age cohort was in school during the 1940s. Baby boomers approaching their 70s were in school during the 1950s an…

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We have seen the future — on Sunday, June 3, actually — and the future is strong, fast, gifted, intellectually sharp and most of all, willing to give selflessly to those in need.

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Section D of the vaunted US-221 project broke ground on March 3, 2015. Now, three years later, Vannoy Construction seems to have gone home. Patient Ashe County residents now can look at a string of orange barrels over the four-mile stretch at a job that’s nearly complete, but seems to be stu…

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Asphalt plants are a necessary evil if we are to have paved roads. The issue is how does an asphalt plant manage air and water pollution so the toxic pollutants stay within the confines of the property lines of the polluting industry? A land owner should be able to do what they please on the…

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I have just been reading about the pressure President Donald Trump put on NFL owners to penalize teams that allow their players to protest by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. This five deferment draft dodger exhibits no credibility in criticizing anyone with charges of lac…

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Several recent polls, plus the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders, demonstrate that young people prefer socialism to free market capitalism. That, I believe, is a result of their ignorance and indoctrination during their school years, from kindergarten through college. For the most part, neit…

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North Carolina continues to be a popular destination for people across the country — and around the world — who are looking for a great place to live, work, invest, rear families and retire. At the same time, our rate of population growth has been slowing down. If current trends continue, No…