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By BART ADAMS
Posted 7/16/21

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Mayor William Elmore, Brian McNeill, Carolyn Elmore, Sharon Stevens and countless volunteers for their efforts to attract and host this year’s North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball …

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Mayor William Elmore, Brian McNeill, Carolyn Elmore, Sharon Stevens and countless volunteers for their efforts to attract and host this year’s North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament.

Mr. McNeill is Dunn’s parks and rec director; Ms. Elmore is the principal officer of the Dunn Area Recreation Booster Club. Mrs. Stevens is executive director of the Dunn Area Tourism Authority. Thanks to their hard work and the work of so many others, the tournament was a success.

 

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Damien Johnson for sharing hope that people can turn their lives around.

The Erwin native, an actor, model, motivational speaker and now author, has written “What’s More Powerful Than You,”

He described his book to The Daily Record, saying, “I talk about things I did to change my mindset. … I had a baby at a young age and I was in and out of all that trouble and dealing with depression I didn’t know anything about. You can switch and be whatever you want to be. I want to always give back.”

 

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Gov. Roy Cooper for vetoing a bill to ban abortions based on an unborn child’s race or the presence of Down syndrome.

 

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President Joe Biden for an executive order that will allow hearing aides to be sold over the counter, with hopes that the devices will become much cheaper.

“A major driver of the expense is that consumers must get them from a doctor or a specialist, even though experts agree that medical evaluation is not necessary,” according to a White House fact sheet. “Rather, this requirement serves only as red tape and a barrier to more companies selling hearing aids.”

 

THUMBS DOWN

President Joe Biden for seeking tax hikes on oil companies even as Americans are already paying higher pump prices since his inauguration.

Mr. Biden wants more taxes on oil wells plus an additional tax on every barrel of oil that companies produce.

If he gets his way, these moves won’t hurt fat-cat oil executives, who will just pass the cost on to the people who always pay: Working Americans.

 

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Former President Donald Trump for suing Big Tech companies because they have “teamed up with government to censor the free speech of the American people,” warning in an op-ed that “if they can do it to me, they can do it to you.”

 

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The North Carolina State Board of Education. It just approved new documents to guide the teaching of social studies in our public schools. The fifth-grade document omits Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. But it includes the second female justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. There’s no way that wasn’t political.

 

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Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry for turning her back to the American flag while the national anthem played.

 

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson for his response to President Biden’s suggestion that federal authorities might go “door to door” to make sure people get COVID-19 vaccinations.

Tweeted the governor, “I have directed our health department to let the federal government know that sending government employees or agents door-to-door to compel vaccination would NOT be an effective OR a welcome strategy in Missouri!”

 

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CNN medical contributor Dr. Leana Wen who wants to make life hard for those who don’t feel comfortable getting a vaccine.

“It needs to be hard for people to remain unvaccinated,” she said. “Right now, it’s kind of the opposite. … I think it will be important to say, hey, if you want to opt-out, you have to sign these forms, get twice weekly testing.”

Contact Bart Adams at badams@mydailyrecord.com.

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