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Monday 05/02/2016
Column: Air quality action days likely to return soon
Posted: May 02, 2016

It’s time again to think about ways to reduce ozone pollution. Daily ozone forecasts resumed at the start of April, but the months when the conditions are best to bring ozone readings to dangerous levels are just beginning. As I write this, the Hickory area had recorded “moderate” ozone levels for two straight days.

Saturday 04/30/2016
Column: Road policies deserve attention
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 7:19 pm

RALEIGH — When you ask North Carolina voters to name the top election issue in state politics, the most common answer — unless we are in the midst of a recession — is education.

Column: Demagoguery is the challenge of our time
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 7:18 pm

The following is an adaptation of an address to the University of Michigan's class of 2016.

Friday 04/29/2016
Column: Cruz picks dream team but can't escape reality
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:52 pm

What a day: On Wednesday, we got to see Texas Sen. Ted Cruz introduce his imaginary friend and vice-presidential pick, Carly Fiorina, to jump-start his imaginary path to the White House. We were also treated to Donald Trump's jumbled foreign policy speech that invoked the Nazi-appeasing America First movement of the 1930s.

Column: McCrory can’t seem to tell the truth about HB2
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:51 pm

Another week, another round of falsehoods from Gov. Pat McCrory about HB2, the sweeping anti-LBGT law HB2 he signed last month that is costing the state thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in private investments and tourism revenue.

Column: How racism and bias criminalized marijuana
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:49 pm

The Controlled Substances Act is not outdated. It is a law structured in a way meant to protect science, medicine, patients and the public. It is not absolutist. It has an administrative structure built into it to control for mistakes, new scientific discoveries and even evolving public or medical understanding.

Column: Bikers, young’uns and snakes on a Saturday afternoon
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:49 pm

In the tourist town of Lake Lure in the shadow of Chimney Rock, there’s a funky little screened-in bar and grill, part of a roadside lodging establishment on the banks of the Rocky Broad River.

Letters to the Editor: Response to ‘Year of the Outsider’ letter
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:49 pm

In “Year of the Outsider” (letter, 4-23-16), David Turman argues that, “Insider versus outsider is not the answer.  Unless a president has the luxury of strong majorities in both the House and Senate, little to nothing gets done without compromise.”  

Letters to the Editor: ‘Stand up for what is right’
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:48 pm

The first principle of business: Always, always, protect the brand.

Column: Experience highly rates law officers
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:47 pm

I caught a mere glimpse of a news report on TV the other morning about a police department wanting parents to tell their children that cops aren’t the enemy, they’re the good guys. I think it was part of an overall program to improve police relations with the community.

Column: Why John Hart is so good and why the latest book took so long to write
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:44 pm

Can’t we just find something that we can agree upon?

Letters to the Editor: Response to Medicare article
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:44 pm

This letter is in response to the article “Medicare’s ‘innovation center’ rebalancing quality, cost” published April 18 in the Hickory Daily Record via The Associated Press.

Tuesday 04/26/2016
Letters to the Editor: HPS, CCS revolving door at top
Posted: April 26, 2016

Having spent 23 years as a teacher in the Hickory area, I'd like to express my concern with the constant turnover at the top of both Hickory Public Schools and now Catawba County Schools.

Column: How to be presidential, the Donald Trump way
Posted: April 26, 2016

If in the early hours of a Saturday morning, there's a traffic jam in your neighborhood, it won't be because it's the opening day of the county fair. These days, it's more likely to be Donald Trump.

Sunday 04/24/2016
Letters to the Editor: Kenworth clean-up
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:47 am

Today a small group of dedicated Kenworth neighbors met at Christ Lutheran Church and armed with orange / blue bags did a sweep of the Kenworth Neighborhood.

Column: Two ways forward on HB2
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:46 am

RALEIGH — Is there any way for the opposing sides debating North Carolina’s House Bill 2 to move beyond the current impasse? The odds may be against it. But on two outstanding matters, in particular — access to state courts and access to public restrooms — I think action is possible.

Letters to the Editor: ‘Congress and political hacks are the problem’
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:32 am

Why are sitting congressmen running for president telling us they can fix what is wrong with the country? Congress and political hacks are the problem. Ergo, they cannot be the solution.

Column: Fire in Fayetteville leaves a gap in Chapel Hill
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:34 am

Why did a fire in Fayetteville cause a panic in Chapel Hill?

Letters to the Editor: Glad HB2 signed into law
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:35 am

I appreciate Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly for signing HB2 into law and overturning Charlotte’s harmful Bathroom Ordinance for the protection of businesses, women, and children in North Carolina.

Column: Great leap forward sails across night sky
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:37 am

I saw the International Space Station go over the other night. As a visual event, it wasn’t any more spectacular than the passing of a commercial airliner, just brighter and moving much faster.

Column: Everything you need to know about Chinese space mice
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:39 am

In science news, China has developed space mice – or is at least well on its way to developing space mice.

Column: Hubris made Volkswagen settle with the U.S.
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:38 am

Volkswagen is apparently setting aside $10 billion to settle all U.S. claims against it for cheating on emission tests. As part of the settlement, it's offering American VW owners $5,000 each or a buyback of their cars. If a deal with U.S. regulators and plaintiffs has indeed been reached on these terms, it's a high price to pay to maintain a presence in a relatively unimportant market, especially since paying it will result in losses to its reputation in bigger markets.

Column: It’s not about bathrooms; it’s about a last stand against LGBT rights
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:40 am

Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and other supporters of HB2, North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, are desperately still trying to convince us that it’s all about bathroom safety, protecting children from sexual predators masquerading as transgender males.

Column: County government month spotlights a variety of services
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:31 am

Week three of County Government Month continues to shine a light on the many services offered by Catawba County including some that are related to this year’s theme, “Safe and Secure Counties.”

Letters to the Editor: ‘You didn’t fool this one’
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 11:34 pm

I think the legislators and governor of North Carolina should be proud of themselves for lowering my payroll income tax.

Friday 04/22/2016
Letters to the Editor: ‘Common sense has left the country’
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:39 am

I think the LGBT organization should push ahead for public baths; after all, we don’t want to offend anyone. Two, who needs or has the right to privacy?

Saturday 04/16/2016
Column: How to beat the FDA
Updated: April 17, 2016 - 12:32 am

RALEIGH — As recent controversies in North Carolina and elsewhere have established, political debate is only partially about facts, principles, and logic. Effective politicians also think carefully about the words they use and the stories they tell with them.

Letters to the Editor: ‘Congress and political hacks are the problem’
Updated: April 17, 2016 - 12:33 am

Why are sitting congressmen running for president telling us they can fix what is wrong with the country? Congress and political hacks are the problem. Ergo, they cannot be the solution.

Friday 04/15/2016
Column: HB2 and the chill at UNC
Updated: April 15, 2016 - 10:00 pm

The toll of the damage to North Carolina from Gov. Pat McCrory’s sweeping anti-LGBT legislation continues to mount.

Letters to the Editor: Always a ‘con’ in conservative
Updated: April 15, 2016 - 10:00 pm

As I argued the day after our General Assembly assaulted the normal legislative process and wasted at least $42,000 of taxpayer dollars to ram the now nationally infamous HB2 into law, this legislation had very little to do with protecting citizens’ use of public bathrooms and other public accommodations. It had almost everything to do with election year “politics.”

Thursday 04/14/2016
Column: Greetings from the worst job in American (again)
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 10:15 pm

Once again, my job ranks as the worst job there is, several notches behind killing vermin in dark places, getting shot at in desolate foreign lands and dodging falling trees in the wilderness.

Letters to the Editor: Chief Adkins is irreplaceable
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 10:14 pm

There I was trying to enjoy my morning and the up and down temperatures we are enjoying here in Hickory.

Wednesday 04/13/2016
Column: Politics attracts bustards the world over
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 10:13 pm

There are many social critters in our world. Everybody knows about ants and bees, and we have many species of mammals that gang up for self-preservation. Included are primates that appear to be closer to humans than we like to think.

Tuesday 04/12/2016
Like actors, putting ourselves in the shoes of others
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 10:10 pm

How hard is it for a white person to really understand the black experience well enough not to get into trouble when speaking about hot-button matters of community concern?

The political center is shifting to the left
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 10:10 pm

The traditional center-left is in retreat in Europe, and to a somewhat lesser extent in the U.S. This could be seen as a failure of the centrist-socialist establishment, though it might make sense to see it from a different perspective: An attractive, modern alternative has presented itself.

Monday 04/11/2016
Column: County government month spotlights a variety of services
Updated: April 11, 2016 - 10:11 pm

County Government Month is progressing nicely, as is our work to focus on the many services offered by Catawba County.  Just as I appreciate your interest in this weekly column, it’s been good to see an increasing number of “shares” and “likes” of our social media posts about the month, when compared with other years.

Column: Candidates often stir up violence, but does it help or hurt their electoral chances?
Updated: April 11, 2016 - 10:10 pm

Many Americans have been startled by brawls at Donald Trump's rallies and the candidate's sometimes violent rhetoric. Trump's own campaign manager was recently charged with battery of a journalist in Florida.

Sunday 04/10/2016
Column: Sometimes a cross is just a cross. Or is it?
Updated: April 10, 2016 - 9:35 pm

If I tell you a California judge struck down the addition of a Christian cross to the Los Angeles County seal, that probably sounds like a good example of the separation of church and state. If I tell you that the cross was going to be added to an image of the San Gabriel mission to reflect the real-life, cross-topped church, the same decision begins to sound like judicial overreach.

Column: McCrory still under siege two weeks after signing sweeping anti-LGBT bill
Updated: April 10, 2016 - 9:36 pm

In case you are wondering how things are going for Gov. Pat McCrory two weeks after he signed a sweeping anti-LGBT bill that has prompted widespread outrage and opposition from more than 120 CEOs of major corporations, his visit to Wilmington Wednesday afternoon is a pretty good barometer.

Column: I was a closeted Christian in the Pentagon
Updated: April 10, 2016 - 9:39 pm

The distance from my church to my office at the Pentagon was just over five miles. But for most of my time in government, it might as well have been 5,000.

Column: Get serious about budget gaps
Updated: April 10, 2016 - 9:39 pm

RALEIGH — If you are disappointed in the course of the 2016 campaigns so far, you are hardly alone.

Thursday 04/07/2016
For blacks and Hispanics, a huge drop in the uninsured rate
Updated: April 08, 2016 - 12:09 pm

Even as the leading GOP presidential candidates continue to pledge to obliterate Obamacare, and even as Congressional Republicans continue to promise an alternative to the law that may never, ever materialize, Gallup finds that the uninsured rate has plummeted yet again, to six points below where it was when Obamacare first took effect.

What happens in the robot lab stays in the robot lab
Updated: April 08, 2016 - 12:10 pm

Danger, Will Robinson!

Shopping online may not save you anything
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 11:59 am

You find lower prices online than at bricks-and-mortar stores, right? Wrong.

Letters to the Editor: ‘Good guys won the day’
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 11:48 am

Chalk one up for the good guys. The Special Session of the North Carolina General Assembly that rolled back the Charlotte bathroom ordinance is a victory for common sense, and one for decency.

What’s behind the ‘Bathroom Bill?’
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 11:54 am

Was passing the new “Bathroom Bill” the biggest mistake the current North Carolina General Assembly has made so far?

Monday 04/04/2016
Letters to the Editor: Reaction to letter to the editor
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 12:02 am

Mr. Wronski recently explained the difference between facts and belief. The letter shared many of the writers’ beliefs, but gave few facts.

Saturday 04/02/2016
Column: Turnout defies liberal forecasts
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 12:01 am

RALEIGH — If Republicans have been attempting to suppress the vote in North Carolina, they must be the most incompetent tyrants in modern American history.

Letters to the Editor: Thank you Good Samaritan
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 12:01 am

Thank you to the wonderful lady who found my husband's credit card in the parking lot of Hickory Family Pharmacy and turned it in to their personnel.