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Reader’s Forum — 9-30-13

Thanks for Apple  Festival support
Apple Festival 2013 has come and gone.  Enjoyed by all who attended.  Apple Festival serves much more than simply entertainment in our historical downtown.  Many volunteer organizations including the Kiwanis Club Of Lincoln County depend on the festival to help fund the projects we undertake.  Our efforts as Kiwanians are directed toward helping the children of Lincoln County.  Partnered with the Lincoln County Schools, we provide shoes to children in need.  Kiwanis sponsors Terrific Kids, an incentive program in many of our Elementary Schools promoting self-esteem, good learning skills and good behavior. The Kiwanis Club is also proud to sponsor the Key Club at Lincolnton High School, the largest Key Club in North Carolina.
Nothing can be accomplished without the cooperation and commitment of dedicated members and community partners. During Apple Festival, Kiwanis provides the shuttle service between Lincolnton High School parking lot and the Court Square. Buddy Stansey Buick-GMC is a partner that has been standing side by side with us at Apple Festival for many, many years. Every year Buddy Stansey Buick-GMC graciously donates the use of the vans we drive back and forth all day long. Buddy’s generous participation allows all of the moneys collected from riders to go directly to our children’s programs.  Hats off to Buddy Stansey Buick-GMC and all the businesses that support our local civic and volunteer organizations. Thank you to all of you that have supported Kiwanis efforts by utilizing the shuttle over the years.
The Kiwanis Club of Lincoln County meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 12 noon in the Magnolia Room at CMC Lincoln.  For more information contact Al Johnson 704-748-9586

Al Johnson
Kiwanis Club of Lincoln County

Republicans misleading on garbage fee
The garbage collection fee has been repealed. Most people are aware of this. However, the Republicans have chosen to leave the red garbage cans in place, in their shameless and misleading attempt to confuse the public. Those cans need to be removed.
It is time to consider other issues of great importance to the tax payers of the city. Mayor John Gilleland and Councilman Devin Rhyne have recently expressed their support for a contract to sell city water to the county. It is a dreadful contract that would prove to be far more costly than the $5 garbage collection fee. The contract calls for the city to sell water for $1 per thousand gallons. It costs the city $.115 to produce that same amount, thereby creating a deficit in the city coffers. Additionally, the contract includes other demands that were presented as an “all or nothing” contract proposal. The proposed contract called for the county to charge the city $270,605 for emergency 911 service, and $147,117 for animal control service. These were not “one-time” charges, but were to be paid on an annual basis. That is $417,722 that the county demanded that city residents pay in addition to what they, and all other county residents, are already paying. This amounts to double taxation for city residents. This contract, if approved, would necessitate an increase of 4 to 5 cents per $100 valuation in taxes. How could such a contract even be considered, much less be supported?
Democratic candidates for City Council, Dr. Martin Eaddy and Mary Frances White, are strongly opposed to this contract and will see other means of working with the city administration and county officials to find solutions which will protect the tax payers’ interests. We must remain vigilant about the actions of the council members.

Faye B. Morris
Lincolnton

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