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Around Town — 5-23-16

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MONDAY Concert The Lincolnton High School Band will present their Spring Concert on Monday May 23 at 7 p.m. in the Citizens Center. UPCOMING  Scholarship The Gastonia Chapter of Mended Hearts will offer scholarships to Gaston County residents either currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a nursing curriculum for…

OUR VIEW — Ignoring the will of the people

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The majority of Lincolnton’s City Council seems content with ignoring the will of most of the city’s residents. The people of Lincolnton don’t want the Council to impose a $30 tax on every registered vehicle in the city, plain and simple. The councilmen have tried to rationalize the tax by…

Reader’s Forum — 5-23-16

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Support for McHenry In today’s economy, it is apparent that our country needs fundamental health insurance reform. Since Obamacare was fully implemented, I’ve been forced to pay premiums way out of my price range for coverage that I did not ask for. I have personally seen friends and family whose…

Getting back to first principles

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Americans still enjoy freedom of religion. But these days, they’re expected to leave their faith in the pew or at home — not allow it to influence their behavior in the public square. The founding fathers didn’t take that view. “Of all the dispositions and habits…

Warning signs abound, but state leaders just keep on driving

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ALLAN FREYER Guest Columnist As the fallout from HB2 continues to pile up, one bad news story at a time, I am reminded of the time a friend of mine drove from Washington, DC to Birmingham, Alabama, unintentionally by way of Miami, Florida. (In case anyone is wondering, Miami is…

The next big high-tech product: Why Concord?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Why would Alevo, a European company seeking to develop and manufacture a powerful groundbreaking battery, choose Concord, N.C., as the site of its operations, rather than some other place anywhere in the world? There are several answers to this question that I will share in a…

Obituaries — 5-21-16

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Glenn Virgil Owenby MAIDEN — Glenn Virgil Owenby, age 80, of 3736 Innes Lane in Maiden, died on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. J. Nelson Osborne and Rev.…

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…