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Welfare Reform: What (and who) works

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist If anyone ever wonders why conservatives are skeptical of government programs, they should consider the War on Poverty. There are other examples, of course, but public welfare is a particularly apt one as we mark the 20th anniversary of the 1996 reform. Why? Consider what President…

Left misleads on Carolina comeback

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Democrats and liberal commentators have been loudly and gleefully attacking Donald Trump and his aides for getting their chronologies wrong — for blaming the president for the onset of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, for example, despite the fact that Barack Obama was serving in…

Parents must help stop underage drinking

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When state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner Jim Gardner visited with us last week at the StarNews, we were going to ask about the better customer service we’ve witnessed in ABC stores, and the popularity of small-batch liquors that line the shelves. What we got instead was a straight shot of…

Gerrymandering: Have conservatives finally gone too far?

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist The Republican Party developed a national strategy to seize and hold legislative power, and in North Carolina executed it with relentless precision. Six years into that process, however, the adverse legal judgments are beginning to accumulate. Rights were violated and votes were suppressed, or targeted for…

Senator’s constituent services here to help

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist Over the last two years, I’ve had the honor of representing Lincoln County and the state of North Carolina in the United States Senate. I’ve worked to help advance commonsense, bipartisan initiatives, including reforming the VA, supporting military families, confronting the growing opioid and heroin epidemic…

Criminal Charges— 8-22-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jay Christopher Legursky, 46, of 4448 Greenfield Ct. in Maiden was charged Aug. 18 with one count of assault on a female. A $1,000 bond was set. Mary Moody Lazabeck, 32, of 6123 Kemerer Hollow Rd. in Export, Pa. was charged…

Around Town — 8-22-16

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TODAY Homecoming Zion Hill Baptist Church, located at 3460 Zion Hill Rd. in Cherryville will host Revival services through Wednesday at 7 p.m. each night. For more information please call (704) 435-3355. Wellness Discussion Lincoln County Senior Services, located at 514 South Academy Street in Lincolnton will host a “Wellness…

Obituaries — 8-22-16

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Sarah Virginia Brooks Jenkins Sarah Virginia Brooks Jenkins, age 54, of 3106 Startown Road in Lincolnton, died on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Her funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Richard Jenkins officiating. The family will…

Affects of rigged districts will linger

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The architects of the current maps of General Assembly districts billed them as complying with the law and the Constitution, saying they fully guaranteed that African-American candidates would be able to win seats. They were right about that, as recent electoral experience has shown. But what they didn’t say was…

Left misleads on Carolina comeback

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Democrats and liberal commentators have been loudly and gleefully attacking Donald Trump and his aides for getting their chronologies wrong — for blaming the president for the onset of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, for example, despite the fact that Barack Obama was serving in…