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Editorial Cartoon: NFL
Editorial Cartoon: NFL

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Study shows 'electronic addiction' hurts student grades
Study shows 'electronic addiction' hurts student grades

Here are some ideas that are either too late for the current school year which is wrapping up -- or too early for next year, which kids are doing their best to ignore, lest it arrive too quickly.
This tidbit of information was just too good to let gather dust over the summer and possibly be forgotten before school bells ring again.


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Brace yourself, a tidal wave of growth coming

It's coming. Like a tidal wave. And not only have we been repeatedly warned, we can actually see it.
And drive through it every time we head to Raleigh along either U.S. 401 or U.S. 1.
The "it" is growth.
Significant population growth and the only question is when it actually hits Franklin County again -- and how soon its effects will begin to change this county in ways few of us suspect.


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It takes $$, not just water to fuel county fire departments
It takes $$, not just water to fuel county fire departments

I wish I knew what the numbers were.
And I wish I had all the stats.
But I don't feel like I need all of those things to know what my eyes tell me -- finding enough volunteer firefighters in the daytime is really tough.


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<i>Tax increase could exceed U.S. growth by 1,000 %</i>
Tax increase could exceed U.S. growth by 1,000 %

I could easily fill pages; even write a book about the millions of dollars that have been spent and lost, too often on what I will call flawed and or poor decisions, not to mention more millions lost to lawsuits, settlements, and legal fees.
Then there are the decisions made spending money directly, allegedly benefiting families and or friends of politicians that vote to approve them.


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Weak stomach? Then don't look, laws are being made
Weak stomach? Then don't look, laws are being made

A variation of a remark generally mis-attributed to Otto von Bismarck states, "Laws are like sausages -- it is best not to see them being made."
If that is true for laws, it is doubly true for governmental budgets.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is smack in the middle of a particularly painful sausage-making season.
I attended the May 18 meeting where the staff unveiled the initial budget proposal.


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Resident 'outraged' over proposed tax increase

Dear editor:
Typically, I leave all political/business conversations up to my husband to discuss. However, this time, I have to speak up. I am outraged over this proposed tax increase. Franklin County is one of the highest taxed counties.


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'Patent trolls' target of pending legislation

Dear editor:
Recently, I learned about "patent trolls," or more formally, Patent Assertion Entities, which prey on small businesses like mine with frivolous lawsuits. I am pleased that we now have a bill in Congress, S. 1137, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (PATENT Act), which will finally close the nonsensical legal loopholes that allow patent trolls to thrive.


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Anti-tax hike meeting set

Dear editor:
Franklin County is close to being one of the highest taxed counties in the state. Now the county wants a 12 cent property tax increase on the $100 which would result in a $240 tax increase on a $200,000 home.


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Editorial Cartoon: Presidential
Editorial Cartoon: Presidential

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