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Opinion

Some “readings” of woolly worms indicate that we are in for a long cold winter. If the proposed Duke Energy rate increases go into effect, it will be a more expensive one as well.

Duke Energy Carolinas was awarded an increase in 2009 that amounted to residential rates going up 8 percent. This time they are doubling down and asking for a 17 percent hike that, if approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC), would be implemented in February 2012.

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House Speaker Thom Tillis has a way of shooting from the hip.

It's a trait that endears him to some and occasionally enrages others. It also causes him to spend a lot of time clarifying words that he previously spoke.

The Mecklenburg County Republican's most recent foray into a political minefield occurred while answering questions at a town hall meeting at Mars Hill College.

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For those who think there aren’t solutions to our economic problems, one can ponder the new proposal in Florida to reverse a 1989 ban on “dwarf tossing.” The bill was introduced by Republican state Representative Ritch Workman. His name alone should be considered a good omen. The bill would allow bars and taverns to resume the practice of sending dwarfs airborne (with ample padding) for the amusement of patrons. Workman stated, “In this economy, or any economy, why would we want to prevent people from getting gainful employment?” I imagine, along with dwarfs, people in the medical, insurance and legal fields would be able to pick up extra work as well.

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President Obama said Thursday that the widespread and growing protests against Wall Street are an expression of the frustration people feel about the way the country’s financial system works.

That’s part of it, but it is much, much bigger than that.

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published: 10/18/2013
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