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Judicial candidates and open government

It won’t happen again for eight years.North Carolina voters are about to face the first chance in memory to elect a majority of the state’s highest court and three judges to open seats on the state’s second-highest and enormously important, intermediate appeals court. And with decisions on major legal issues, like public school vouchers and same-sex marriage, likely to be made by the judges elected, there could hardly be a more important time for voters to familia...

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OUR VIEW: Make your voice heard

Pumpkins and falling leaves are giving way to pink ribbons. And purple ones. And blue ones.National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month all share the 31 days of October.Two other observances on the crowded calendar this week go together quite well. There’s Free Speech Week, which started Monday and continues through Sunday. There’s also early voting, which begins throughout North Carolina on ...

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We hardly know these candidates’ names

Nov. 4 is an historic day in North Carolina history.On that day, our state’s citizens will elect four justices — a majority of our state’s Supreme Court, the top tier of a co-equal branch of government. We depend on the Supreme Court to interpret our laws, to resolve our disputes and to determine the liberty or incarceration of those charged with violating the law.There are eight candidates for these four seats.How many of us know their ident...

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Gigging suckers and walking on water

Now to set y’all straight, this here story is not about certain people who seem to fall for anything, no-sirree. This story is my recollection of one of my experiences while gigging blue-fin suckers in local creeks.A little knowledge of the blue-fin sucker species should be told here so some of you can better appreciate this here story.You see, just about every river system in America is packed with some type of carp or sucker, which are all considered a non-game f...

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What happened to chivalry, modesty and purity?

“Back in the day when loving one another was OK. When love was simply love without the games. Oh, can we just go back to yesterday? Yesterday, remember when girls used to make men wait? But now it’s like they’re giving it away, and men they only come around and take. It’s a shame. If you close your eyes a second you will see what I see, ‘cause if we see the way it was, we could repeat history. Just wanna go back to how it used to be.”...

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LETTER: Thanks to volunteers, sponsors for a successful Norman Fest

To the editor:Norman Fest weekend was a big success. There were lot of new faces, which we like — some had never been to the town — along with the diehards.The car show had more than 30 participants, thanks to Stacey Allen and friends, bigger than last year.We had more people,this year and we know more would have showed up, but the heat and chance of rain kept them away. The Rock Star magic show was well-received, Chris and Neal put on a fant...

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LETTER: On Election Day, right answer sometimes none of the above

To the editor:With elections coming up, we are able to voice our opinions on public officials and policy by voting. We are reminded often that voting is a sacred right in this country, but we quickly forget that we also have the right not to vote. Additionally, we are misled into believing that it is, somehow, our civic duty. We are not, in any way obligated to cast a vote. There are many reasons for this.

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LETTER: Homeless shelter within reach for Richmond County

To the editor:Nothing is better after a long day at work or school than going home, walking through the door, kicking your shoes off, putting on your comfy clothes, getting a snack from the fridge, flopping down in your favorite chair, kicking your feet up and grabbing the remote. Ahhh, life is good!Even with all the craziness in the world, it’s relaxing just to get home and feel safe, to feel secure, protected — to “let your hair down,...

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We can do more to prevent Ebola’s spread

In the last few weeks, the tragic Ebola epidemic in West Africa has hit home as we’ve witnessed the first death and transmissions in America. Additionally, news that the second health care worker to contract the disease was able to board a commercial airplane while being monitored for signs of infection is deeply troubling. I know that everyone is concerned and I want to assure you that I share your concerns.It is important to know, though, that there is absolutely no reason ...

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LETTER: Recreation tax just more pie in the sky

To the editor:Review: Liquor by the drink: Remember? Vote for liquor by the drink and nice restaurants will rush into Richmond County, along with nice motels, jobs created, quality of life improved. How did that work out?Now: Vote for the Rockingham Recreation Complex and jobs will be created, quality of life will be improved, the poor will be helped (how?), growth will be promoted. Implied — or was it stated? — once the complex is completed,...

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My baby brother and the trail of goop

Have you got a baby brother? I do — several of the little crumb-snatching critters. The one I’m asking about is the baby, the youngest in the family. You know the one that I’m talking about — the last of the litter. The one who should have not come along, the one way late in life for your mother. My thoughts, not hers.The one who makes you say to yourself , “What the hell was Mom and Dad thinking?” That’s just it , they were not thinking , ...

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LETTER: Anti-McLaurin mailers distort the facts

To the editor:Recently, there has been a series of ads sent by the Republican Party of North Carolina that attempts to link Sen. Gene McLaurin to CommunityOne Bank’s former troubles.These ads distort the facts in a way that gives the impression that the bank “went bust” and was involved in a criminal scheme in which Sen. McLaurin was somehow complicit. That impression is false.In order to set the record straight, we want you ...

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OUR VIEW: Utilities win, customers lose

Energy costs have a big impact on families’ bottom line. A difference of a few pennies may not seem like a lot, but psychologically, it can be. When the price of gasoline goes down, it frees up money for other purposes. And those pennies do add up.Gasoline prices in Richmond County and around the state have been falling this autumn. We’ve seen signs here advertising prices just a few cents above the $3-per-gallon threshold.A lot of factors led to lower prices...

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LETTER: Voters should resist the spread of socialism

To the editor:“Everybody eats out of the same bowl.” That’s my definition of socialism. Does anybody remember when Obama said, “You didn’t build that?” He was talking about people who had worked hard all their lives to do well in business.He was saying that they could not do one damn thing without a nanny government. I say that is bull. It was the individual American who did the work. But now Obama says they owe everyt...

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Hagan’s conflicts of interest

RALEIGH — In the homestretch of the Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis, the disclosure that Hagan’s family profited from the 2009 stimulus package she voted for has drawn a great deal of attention.Well, let me clarify that statement. It has drawn lots of attention from out-of-state media outlets and from Carolina Journal, the newspaper published by my organization. It has thus far drawn scant attention from the North Carolina press corps....

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