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Obituaries — 8-19-16

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Paul Ray ‘Cigar’ Elmore Paul Ray “Cigar” Elmore, age 83, of 3223 Spicewood Lane in Crouse, died on Thursday, August 18, 2016. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crouse with Pastor Rick Sloop and Pastor Travis…

Obamacare is still broken

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The Affordable Care Act isn’t working. Aetna, the third largest health insurance company in the country, has announced it will pull out of the Obamacare exchanges in nearly a dozen states, according to The Wall Street Journal. That development further concentrates the pool of insurance companies…

Hard to win after beating the party establishment in the primaries

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Is Donald Trump really a unique political candidate? Did North Carolina ever have anybody in politics who compares with him? When I asked that question in a column last year, I suggested U.S. Senator Robert Reynolds “out-Trumped” Trump and was so full of bunkum that it…

Why should America defend Europeans who won’t defend themselves?

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Once again Donald Trump has shocked the foreign policy establishment. He suggested that maybe the U.S. should no longer defend its prosperous, populous allies in Europe. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization made sense when created in 1949. War-ravaged Western Europe faced an aggressive Soviet Union. The…

Around Town — 8-17-16

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THURSDAY Meeting Lincoln County Senior Services, located at 514 S. Academy Street in Lincolnton, will host their monthly family caregiver support group at 3 p.m. Anyone who is caregiving or has been a caregiver is welcome to attend. For more information and to register, please call Becky at 704-736- 8410.…

Obituaries — 8-17-16

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Douglas Dwight Williams Douglas Dwight Williams, age 72, passed away Monday, August 15, 2016 at Brian Center, Lincolnton. Born June 18, 1944 in Catawba County, he was the son of Eulalah Drum Williams and the late Fred Dwight Williams. He was a member of Covenant Bible Church in Lincolnton. Doug…

Criminal Charges — 8-17-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Brian McGee, 37, of 839 South Ridge Av. in Concord was charged on August 12 with one count of failure to appear. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Kimberly Welch Carpenter, 43, of 3924 Puetts Chapel in Dallas was charged…

Dealing with the death tax

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes,” Benjamin Franklin once wrote. One can only imagine what he might’ve said about the modern-day meeting of the two: the estate, or “death” tax. The death tax — the penalty families have…

Not my Commander in Chief

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist Hillary Clinton declares on the campaign trail, “Donald Trump simply doesn’t have the temperament to be president and commander in chief of the United States.” Thankfully, he isn’t going to be – not because of his standing in the polls, but because there is no such…

My grandmother, voter ID and the federal courts

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TARA ROMANO Guest Columnist When my grandmother passed away a few years ago at age 96, she was renting an apartment, had a bank account, and was generally able to get around on her own for the most part, although she did have regular visits with a variety of medical…