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Sometimes, there are only a few uncomfortable degrees between caution and panic.

Sometimes, there are only a few uncomfortable degrees between caution and panic.

Three news items this week, seemingly unrelated, but perhaps not:

The quarter-cent sales tax referendum in Mecklenburg County sure has brought out the bare knuckles in folks. And that’s just the people on the same side.

There’s a picture from Bob McDonnell’s corruption trial that explains as well as anything else why the former Virginia governor heard guilty 11 times from a jury this week.

Roger Goodell did a very good job at being very sorry this week.

As the session careened toward a close this month, Republicans in Raleigh introduced last-minute budgets, launched surprise legislation, ignored rules and stomped on protocol. Democrats objected to the legislators gone wild, to no avail.

For Pat McCrory, being governor of North Carolina is a series of political considerations. This is not an uncommon nor a horrible thing. McCrory, like most politicians, would like to get elected again in a couple of years. He has a lot of people to please.

A friend suggested recently that his and my 10-year-old boys go to a Charlotte Knights game. We would drop them off at the gate, give them some cash for concessions and leave them a cell phone, just in case. I wasn’t so sure.

I met the Providence Road biker once. If you’re a regular commuter up and down that road, you know who this is. ... He’s one of the most reviled men in Charlotte.

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