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GUEST VIEW — Sick leave for food-service workers

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It seems self-evident that people with contagious illnesses should not be preparing or serving food. Unfortunately, they often are forced to choose between endangering public health or going without essentials. Food-service jobs include seven of the 10 lowest-paying jobs in the Asheville area, according to recent data from the Bureau…

Public dissatisfaction is hardly new

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist In this highly charged political year, it’s important to keep in mind that most North Carolinians, like most Americans, have been dissatisfied most of the time during the administrations of both Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush. That doesn’t mean that…

Criminal Charges — 7-27-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tracy Phillips Delux, 38, of 104 Woodcliff Dr. in Morganton was charged on July 22 with one count of possession of drug equipment or paraphernalia. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Megan Serene Masoud, 27, of 104 Woodcliff Dr. in Morganton…

Obituaries — 7-27-16

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Buford Cornell ‘Rock’ Varnadore, Sr. Mr. Buford Cornell “Rock” Varnadore, Sr., age 89, of 182 Pinewood Drive in Lincolnton, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Ron Klinesmith officiating. The…

Court decision won’t temper China’s territorial claims

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist As expected, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled against China’s expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea. The Philippines was exultant. Beijing responded angrily. Territorial disputes pose a perennial international problem. Great powers, including the U.S., typically refuse to be bound by…

Visa caps are protectionist occupational licenses on steroids

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DAVID BIER Guest Columnist Conservatives across the country, from Michigan to Arizona, are challenging burdensome occupational licenses. “Insiders use the false cover of consumer protection to get laws enacted that keep out new competitors,” Minnesota Republican state Sen. Chris Gerlach recently said, explaining his reform bill. While a welcome development,…

North Carolina is headed backwards on childhood lead poisoning

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FAWN PATTISON and TOM VITAGLIONE Guest Columnists When the NC legislature adjourned last week, they left behind some unfinished business. One bill left hanging, House Bill 1074, would have required (and paid for) lead testing in the drinking water of every school and child care center in North Carolina. We…

A property rights bill

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A bill enacted last week gives a tough assignment to the Department of Transportation. It’s supposed to recommend “a process that equitably balances the interest of the State in protecting proposed transportation corridors from development, the property rights of affected landowners, and the taxpayers of the State.” This is meant…

Allred ~ Hovis Engagement

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Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Allred, Sr., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah E. Allred to Matthew S. Hovis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Hovis of Lincolnton. Sarah is a graduate of Lincoln Charter and Gaston College. She is employed with Miss Millie’s Daycare in…

Criminal Charges — 7-25-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jason Travis Compton, 36, of 5096 Mays St. in Conover was charged on July 21 with one count of non-support family. A $1,500 secured bond was set. Brian Wayne Rhyne, 45, of 1751 Maple Ln. in Lincolnton was charged on July…

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