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Editorial Cartoon: Trans Fat
Editorial Cartoon: Trans Fat

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Should we decorate fireworks with boughs of holly?
Should we decorate fireworks with boughs of holly?

Don't panic, but those loud noises and bright lights in the sky you're likely to hear tomorrow or Saturday night are a signal that half of 2015 is inexplicably behind us.
And that it is now less than six months to Christmas and New Year's Day.
Wow! How in the world has that happened?


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Let's take a brief moment America -- and remember

It has been 239 years since a group of soon-to-be Americans took quill pens in hand and demanded their independence from England.
Some 56 men -- yes, all the signers were men and three were from North Carolina -- pledged everything in the pursuit of their freedoms. By the way, the three signers from North Carolina were William Hooper, Joseph Hewes and John Penn.


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The state better hope it's safe to go back in water
The state better hope it's safe to go back in water

You won't believe me, but I decided to write a column about shark attacks long before I saw the jaws-inspired editorial cartoon immediately above.
Like most folks who keep up with the news, I have read, listened to or watched numerous reports about shark attacks that have occurred off the coast of North Carolina.


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<i>I try to understand, I really do!</i>
I try to understand, I really do!

I met a man that said people hated him because of the color of his skin, I tried to understand.
I met a woman that wanted to marry another woman, I tried to understand.
I met a man that said others should provide for him, I tried to understand.
I met a woman that said there is no God, I tried to understand.


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<i>Decision is the latest step toward 'more perfect union'</i>
Decision is the latest step toward 'more perfect union'

The preamble to the United States Constitution begins: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union."
Friday, the Supreme Court brought us one step closer to perfection when it announced its decision in Obergfell v Hodges, in the process guaranteeing the right of all Americans to form a personal, more perfect union.
By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court made same-sex civil marriage legal across the entire country.


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Should county cut salaries or hire real qualifications?

Dear editor:
I do have solutions to cutting taxes -- not increasing. In most executive positions, the employee must produce to fulfill the duties and qualifications of said positions or be replaced. We are in that mode with county offices, beginning at the top.


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Does KKK's message frighten you?

Dear editor:
When Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people at Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C. two weeks ago, he thought his actions would be applauded by the segment of society that he identified with.
It turns out that he was at least partly right.


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Flag foes preach intolerance

Dear editor:
Most of the people who are demanding the removal of the Confederate flag are revealing a good deal about themselves. They are showing themselves to be hypocrites. Most of them are in the forefront in preaching tolerance and diversity. Yet they are displaying a great deal of intolerance and hatred for diversity by demanding the removal of the Confederate flag.


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Unpaid taxes part of county's woes

Dear editor:
It appears some smoke and mirrors occurred from the property tax increase that was recently approved. And many property owners, according to Franklin Times' columnist Steve Trubilla, haven't paid taxes since 2008.
All along, we were led to believe by the county manager that a 12-cent tax increase was needed.


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Editorial Cartoon: GOP
Editorial Cartoon: GOP

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