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For the third or fourth storm — or is it the fifth or sixth or … ; much depends upon your own particular elevation and location in the county — since the active 2018 hurricane season melted into winter, a shout-out is again due to the men and women who seemingly ignore the worst of Mother Na…

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Here are a couple of easy immigration questions — answerable with a simple “yes” or “no” — we might ask any American of any political stripe: Does everyone in the world have a right to live in the U.S.? Do the American people have a right, through their elected representatives, to decide who…

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Since the Knights of Columbus recently became a political issue, I’ve seen a constant refrain on social media that goes something along the lines of: “What do you mean, the pancake breakfast guys?” The point being: Could you be picking on nicer guys? But the Knights’ goodness goes far beyond…

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The average public-school district in the United States enrolls about 3,700 students, according to a recent Governing magazine analysis. In North Carolina, the average school district enrolls more than 12,500 students. Only six other states in the nation exceed North Carolina in this regard …

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There has never been a shortage of volunteer spirit in the High Country. Indeed, we would argue that this is one facet of “mountain life” that is inseparable from the idea of “mountain living.”

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In reference to efforts to teach black children, the president of the St. Petersburg, Fla., chapter of the NAACP, Maria Scruggs, said: “The (school) district has shown they just can’t do it. ... Now it’s time for the community to step in.” That’s a recognition that politicians and the educat…

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On the third day of the new year, the Indianapolis Convention Center transformed into a place of worship. Seventeen thousand people took over the space in the name of Jesus, gathering for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) biannual SEEK event, drawing in young people who …

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Thumbs-up: to employees and employers giving back. We know that a number of local businesses — AEV is one (https://tinyurl.com/ycbdbj8n) — offer opportunities for employees to donate to area charities. Some even match their employee donations. That’s all especially important during this time…

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There has always been a robust political debate between advocates of free trade and advocates of manipulating the terms of trade to protect special interests. But the partisan affiliations of these two factions have fluctuated over time.

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“Deck the halls with boughs of holly,” goes the old Christmas carol. “’Tis the season to be jolly.” Yet if there were a couplet less befitting the mood of this capital city, I am unaware of it.

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Senator Thom Tillis needs to prevent the health insurance tax from coming into effect again in 2020. This tax impacts health plans purchased by small businesses. It results in thousands of dollars in higher annual costs for businesses that offer health insurance. For my hardware store, this …

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Much is made about observed differences between sexes and among races. The nation’s academic and legal elite try to sell us on the notion that men and women and people of all races should be proportionally represented in socio-economic characteristics. They make statements such as “Though Af…

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“Your relentless hopefulness and positivity are no good here,” a millennial colleague of mine tweeted a few days before Christmas. It was her reaction to my response to another tweet of hers — as a potential government shutdown loomed and in the wake of the news of Secretary of Defense Jim M…

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I know that environmental activists don’t want to hear this, but a core component of their preferred strategy for combatting global warming — substantially raising the price of fossil fuels through higher taxes — is not going to happen.

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I attended the ACHS Varsity Basketball game this past Dec. 21 and I must say I was shocked by the lack of respect that parents of the varsity boys basketball team were portraying during the game.

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While the term “whataboutism” may be relatively new — coined within the last few decades, and newly prominent in the age of Donald Trump — the logical fallacy it denotes is as ancient as politics itself.

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Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for “exchanges of fire.”

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Virginia O’Hanlon, age 8, wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.

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Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can make two types of errors — statistically kno…

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I never met David Earl Miller. I didn’t even know he existed until the week he was set to die. Dec. 6 was his execution date at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn. Both the U.S. Supreme Court and the governor refused his lawyer’s final attempts to gain a reprieve.

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How appropriate would it be for a major publicly held American company to hire a person with a history of having publicly made the following statements and many others like them? (In the interest of brevity, I shall list only three.) "The world could get by just fine with zero black people."…

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Although there are some in Ashe County yet digging out from the effects of our recent winter storm — you know you’re in for a “real” storm when national forecasters make a visit — it is not too early to note the heroic efforts of our utility workers, first responders, emergency personnel and…

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“The real mystery after half a century,” Wyndham Robertson says, “is why life at the top of large American corporations still seems so overwhelmingly male.”

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“It was June 1, 2006. I will never forget that date.” That was the day Angela Jozwicki had an abortion. She had grown up with “a lot of screaming” around her, and was using drugs by the time she was 14. In 2006, she was 22 and found herself pregnant. “I knew in my heart that a baby would sto…

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In the January 1953 edition of the magazine If: Worlds of Science Fiction, a fan of the genre from Texas, Marilyn Venable, made her debut as an author. “Time Enough at Last,” Venable’s story of a bookish man who survives a nuclear holocaust, made such an impression that Twilight Zone creator…

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How should we respond to the urban-rural divide? The question has legions of politicians, scholars, journalists and businesses scrambling for answers.

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A recent Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. Only 42 percent prefer the latter (http://tinyurl.com/ybsejy3f). Twenty-five percent of millennials who k…

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“We waited six-and-a-half years to have children, and within seven months we became a family of four.” That has been the real-life experience of Malka Groden and her husband, Mendel; they gained an “instant family,” much like Mark Walberg and Rose Byrne in the movie “Instant Family” currentl…

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President George H.W. Bush died Nov. 30 at the age of 94. Many North Carolina leaders reflected on the lifelong service of our former president and statesman, and a few of those thoughts are included here. To add your own thoughts or remembrances about our nation’s 41st president, visit this…

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People who follow politics, even casually, learn not to expect high moral standards from politicians. But there are some outrages that show a new low, even for politicians.

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By the time you read this, Giving Tuesday will have passed. But, in the spirit of the season, those giving opportunities can’t be limited to a single day.

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People who follow politics, even casually, learn not to expect high moral standards from politicians. But there are some outrages that show a new low, even for politicians.

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What do you think of the proposition that no black youngsters should be saved from educational rot until all can be saved? Black people cannot afford to accept such a proposition. Actions by the education establishment, black and white liberal politicians, and some civil rights organizations…

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Wayne and Sean were the answers to a girl named Brittany’s prayers. Twenty-five years ago, as the 3-year-old granddaughter of a Philadelphian named Sharonell Fulton, Brittany watched children playing in the playground across from her grandmother’s house. She longed for the same companionship.