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Drug overdose deaths deserve attention

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While the nation’s attention vacillates between Donald Trump and bathroom stalls, thousands of people are dying from overdosing on drugs prescribed to them by their doctors. And North Carolina is an epicenter of the epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that nearly 29,000 Americans died from abusing…

Reader’s Forum — 5-20-16

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Support for McHenry The safety and security of our country should be the highest importance of our elected officials. Congressman Patrick McHenry understands the importance of keeping our country safe. Patrick is a leading voice in advocating for us to destroy ISIS. Patrick also led the way on the Syrian…

Other voices in the HB2 debate

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist As you form your own opinions about House Bill 2, you’ve probably heard from LGBT activists. And you’ve probably listened to members of conservative, religious groups. Both of those groups have much at stake personally and emotionally on this issue. That doesn’t necessarily make their opinions…

State economy getting more private

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If we want North Carolina to grow and develop robustly, we have to raise taxes and use the money to “invest” in education, Medicaid, infrastructure, and other public services. That’s what left-wing politicians and activists have been insisting ever since Republicans won majorities in the North…

Turning up the heat on “climate-change deniers”

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist In the 1950s, it was: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?” Today, it’s: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a climate-change denier?” I’m not referring simply to the fact that it’s politically incorrect to question assertions…

Around Town — 5-20-16

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FRIDAY Evangelist Living Word Ministries, located at 1062 Hwy. 16 S. in Lowesville will host Barry Owensbey, an Evangelist and Missionary to Cuba for the past 25 years at 7 p.m. this evening, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. For more information call (704) 506-9879. Battle of…

Criminal Charges — 5-20-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Michael Dewayne Higgins, 44, of 3156 Landers Church Rd. in Lincolnton was charged May 16 with one count of possessing stolen goods. A $50 secured bond was set. Dennis Nelson Arquiett, 34, of 4874 Maggie Dr. in Hickory was charged May…

Obituaries — 5-18-16

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Jerri Caroline Tessneer CHERRYVILLE — Jerri Caroline Tessneer, age 36, resident of Cherryville was taken from us too soon on May 15, 2016. She was born in Mecklenburg County. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Harold Tessneer, II. J. C. was a healthcare giver, employed with Holy…

Criminal Charges — 5-18-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Adam Daniel Blanton, 42, homeless was charged on May 13 with one count each of failure to appear and larceny (misdemeanor). A $500 secured bond was set. Amanda Hartley McClung, 29, homeless was charged on May 13 with one count each…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Facebook doesn’t have to be neutral

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A tech website reported recently that “Facebook staff suppressed articles on conservative topics from the site’s ‘trending’ news section and ‘injected’ others, even if they were not trending,” according to the BBC. Cue the righteous indignation. The gist is that Facebook hid trending stories from right-wing…