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Big Government: No friend of the poor

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist When you’re a conservative, you have to develop a thick skin. You get used to hearing how heartless you are. How devoid of compassion. And why? Because you don’t automatically support every government program that purports to help poor people. Why, you conservatives must hate poor…

Ancient Greek historian, a NC native and war with China

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist While President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping were getting to know each other last weekend, a native North Carolinian was warning that the United States and China are on the brink of war. Graham Allison grew up in Charlotte where he was a football…

Around Town— 4-14-17

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FRIDAY Good Friday Daniels Lutheran Church, located at 3170 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton will host a Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. SATURDAY Easter vigil Augustana Lutheran Church, located off Hwy. 70 SE, 1523 16th St. SE in Hickory will host an Easter Vigil beginning at 6 p.m. Easter egg…

Criminal Charges— 4-14-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jerald Leon Martin II, 41, of 301 Little St. in Lincolnton was charged Apr. 5 with one count of failure to comply. A $480 cash bond was set. Cecil Keith Martin, 52, of 18009 Kings Point Drive in Cornelius was charged…

Obituaries— 4-14-17

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Sarah ‘Lib’ Elizabeth Henry Potts Sarah “Lib” Elizabeth Henry Potts, 93, of Maiden passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. She was born August 29, 1923 in Gaston County to the late Alfred and Sarah Hartsell Henry. Lib was a member of Lawing’s Chapel Baptist…

Guest View— North Carolina’s bathroom bill

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Gov. Roy Cooper and the business people who helped put together the compromise that repealed the infamous HB2 are catching heat for it, probably more than they deserve. But the points of critics should be well-taken, and over the next months Cooper and others should work to fine-tune the compromise…

Reader’s Forum— 4-12-17

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Prior commitment led to missed public hearing At the Lincoln County school board meeting on March 7 and March 14, I reported to the chairman, Mark Mullen, and other board members that I could not attend the meeting on re-alignment on March 23 at Kiser Elementary. Our chairman stated that…

Confirmation conflict no showstopper so far

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MARK BINKER Guest Columnist RALEIGH — It was supposed to be the best show in Raleigh without a cover charge or two-drink minimum. For the first time in North Carolina’s history, lawmakers would summon the folks a governor appointed to run his cabinet departments and pass judgment on whether they…

Campuses should foster free speech

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist During my recent week as a “practitioner in residence” at Duke University, speaking to a wide range of faculty and students, I felt more than welcome on a campus where my conservative viewpoint was far from the mainstream. But perhaps my experience wasn’t the norm. After…

Around Town— 4-12-17

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WEDNESDAY Lenten series First United Methodist Church, located at 201 E. Main St. in Lincolnton will host their 2017 Community Lenten Series with luncheon at noon with worship from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. with Bishop Franklin Lowery. THURSDAY Blood drive East Lincoln High School, located at 6471 Hwy. 73…