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Four hundred years ago a ship arrived at Point Comfort, in the British colony of Virginia, here in the “New World.” Its cargo contained 20 to 30 enslaved Africans, people who had been forcibly separated from their families and carried to this country, where they would become the nucleus of o…

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Editor’s Note: Jerry and Kathy Constantino have spent more than 11 years making an impact with their therapy dogs at First Health Moore Regional Hospital, First Health Hospice and Palliative Care House, nursing homes and schools in Moore County. For a number of years they have also volunteer…

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Churches are, and always have been, the backbone of rural North Carolina. Places of hope, fellowship, spiritual comfort, they are also often heartbeats of a community, providing food, clothing and other direct aid to their neighbors.

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Thank you … for holding the door for me. Thank you … for removing your golf cap upon entering the restaurant. Thank you … for slowing and allowing me ample opportunity to enter the Traffic Circle. Thank you … for not despoiling our roadways by throwing trash from the window of your car. Than…

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Democracy has no flawless solutions, no foolproof guarantees of perfect fairness. It’s messy. But what unites us as a state and nation is a shared conviction that despite those imperfections, we have an obligation to constantly improve our nearly 250-year grand experiment in self-governance.

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Imagine a small ATM in an old Food Mart just south of Carthage. Besides working people, senior citizens and those on disability stop by to withdraw limited amounts of their hard-earned cash to pay for overpriced medicines, cold Gatorade and hot fried chicken. This Food Mart stands in for a l…

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You are unique, mentally, of course, but physically, too. Your face, fingerprints, voice, irises — even your heartbeat — can establish your identity, but none as well as your face. Neither federal privacy laws nor the nation’s surveillance laws provide specific protections for facial images.…

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Warning: America is going straight to the dogs. Propelling this downward spiral is Americans’ love for dogs. Consumer Affairs reported a survey of 2,000 pet owners where 63 percent said, if they had to choose, they’d choose their pet over a significant other. One guy explained that “dogs don…

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As we enter the fourth week of the new fiscal year, the budget standoff continues. Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the budget because it did not expand Medicaid. This action blocked critical funding for projects all over the state, specifically several million dollars that would go directly to Moore …

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Tariffs kill jobs and raise prices for consumers. This was a lead story in a recent edition of Forbes magazine, never a left-leaning liberal source. And while this truism is well-known among economists and in the business community, it’s a lesson often lost on politicians, including the pres…

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The Supreme Court held last week that federal judges have no authority to correct partisan gerrymandering. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court decision allows politicians to keep drawing electoral districts that entrench their power by manipulating voters into contrived areas determined solely b…

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Close your eyes. Play like you’re hearing a sonorous, authoritative voice say, “In the future there will be no need for tedious meal preparation. Housewives will not have boring house-cleaning duties. Traffic jams will be a thing of the past.”

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On Dec. 8, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered a speech to the U.S. Congress and the American people about an incident that had shocked the nation. “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked…

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In its May 12, 2019 editorial “Time to Change Charter Funding,” The Pilot endorses a Moore County Board of Education proposal to the county Board of Commissioners to create a separate fund to cover “the per-pupil cost for all (public) charter students who never attended Moore County Schools.”

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On a beautiful day last week, our community was struck by tragedy. It was the last day of class at my alma mater, UNC Charlotte. Seniors were preparing for graduation, and underclassmen were anticipating the summer break when suddenly gunshots rang out.

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Most wars have names — the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the World Wars, the Gulf War, even the Cold War. But there is a war that has been going on throughout history and has been the justification of every war ever fought. It’s the real war between the people and the oligarchs.