GINGRICH: Balance the budget, stop inflation, create jobs

GINGRICH: Balance the budget, stop inflation, create jobs

The new Republican majority in the U.S. House will face a major challenge dealing with the Democrat-run White House and U.S. Senate. So, it is vital that Republicans offer a vision of a more successful, prosperous, safer, and freer America. The first goal is not to find a common ground with left-wing, radical Democrats who reject virtually all our values. They are already tuning their political machine to fight us in 2024. The first goal is to give the American people a sense of hope — and a belief that things can be dramatically better. (The lack of a positive…
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THOMPSON: Small Business Saturday

THOMPSON: Small Business Saturday

Black Friday is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, but with its doorbusters and discounts, I think it’s become of time of grabbing rather than of giving.  If you’re looking for the holiday spirit, go shopping the next day, Small Business Saturday.   Small Business Saturday, which is always on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, is a day to find unique gifts and enjoy a level of service you probably won’t find at the national chains, but it’s also a day to help the local shops and restaurants that do so much to help their communities throughout the year. …
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LOVELL: Brian Part 2 — God’s Campus in Sandhills

LOVELL: Brian Part 2 — God’s Campus in Sandhills

Brian told the rest of his story.   Brian came out of rehab clean but not committed. He sought drugs immediately. He had become an expert at deception, staying just ahead of getting caught by his family and friends. He had learned how to beat the system and fake the drug tests. In seven months, he had lost another girlfriend, another forty pounds, and a future. Desperate to find a life, he switched to Tamerol, an accepted synthetic opioid, and enlisted in the Navy. The night before his deployment, he was arrested. Brian said he landed in “God’s campus,” a…
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LOVELL: Brian’s story – part I

LOVELL: Brian’s story – part I

Brian told his story. He was raised in Moore County, good athlete, solid student. His three older brothers were adequate role models, each for different reasons; one was fun, another was creative, the oldest had ambition. His parents were together in their home and in their faith. In community college, he branched out a bit and began to party with friends, taking his first drink at a beach party; Mike’s Hard Lemonade.   He did not abuse alcohol, but he did use it to be cool, fit in and attract girls. One night at a party, he downed an “OC,”…
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HUDSON: It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road

HUDSON: It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road

Last week, our state and nation received a dangerous reminder about the importance of being prepared for severe weather. Hurricane Ian has devastated communities across the southeast, and Renee and I continue to pray for everyone impacted by the storm, as well as those affected by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and beyond. While North Carolina was spared the worst of this latest disaster, we cannot let our guard down. We all remember it was only a few years ago that we had two major storms hit North Carolina that caused flooding and damage across the state. Hurricane season lasts…
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HUDSON: My commitment to you

HUDSON: My commitment to you

Sunday is Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day, where we honor the mothers, fathers, siblings, and all other family members of the brave U.S. servicemembers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Military families, especially Gold Star Families, have sacrificed so much in defense of our nation. We will never forget these families’ and their fallen loved ones’ service and sacrifice. One way to honor them is to live a life worthy of their sacrifice. We must also make sure we each do our part to keep this nation free, safe, and strong. Unfortunately, America’s freedom, safety, and…
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HUDSON: A commitment to America

HUDSON: A commitment to America

“For we are given power not to advance our own purposes, nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people.” This quote from former President George H.W. Bush reminds us that the sole purpose of political leadership is to serve the people and develop solutions to the problems most important to you. Unfortunately, many of those who have been entrusted with leading this nation have forgotten this responsibility and have instead used their positions to pursue their own agenda. President Joe Biden and…
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KRUEGER: The Cobra Effect

KRUEGER: The Cobra Effect

It seems like Democrat leaders are lacking common sense and an understanding of history.   What President Joe Biden, his Democrat minions, and his media lapdogs have instead is a massive spending agenda masked in Orwellian newspeak.  They blithely and disingenuously refer to their $737 billion prodigal plan as an Inflation Reduction Act, their $ 2.2 trillion spending spree as Build Back Better, and their $350 billion spendthrift scheme as the American Recovery Act.  According to economic experts at the Penn Wharton Business School, the Inflation Reduction Act will have little to no effect on inflation.  The Congressional Budget Office…
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HUDSON: The problem with socialism

HUDSON: The problem with socialism

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” This famous line by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher reminds us that while government handouts may sound good, someone still has to foot the bill. Despite inflation remaining at a 40-year high, last week, President Biden announced his plan to unilaterally “cancel” hundreds of billions of dollars in federal student loan debt. This gimmick is little more than an attempt by Biden to boost his abysmal and well-deserved approval rating and will likely worsen our nation’s dire economic condition. What’s more, this debt will not…
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HUDSON: You deserve answers

HUDSON: You deserve answers

“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.” This quote by former President Ronald Reagan reminds us of the dangers of abuse of power, as well as the threat one-party rule can be to the rights and liberties of the American people. Last week, unfortunately, we saw this danger become a reality. Last Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a “raid” on President Donald Trump’s home in Florida, allegedly on the grounds that they were looking for “presidential records or any possibly classified material.” However, the nature of this raid remains dubious at best and, in many…
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