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Where do progressives go from here?

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DAVID ZONDERMAN Guest Columnist We have been somewhere near here before — Reagan in the 1980’s, Bush the Second in the 2000’s. Donald Trump is certainly more crude and cruel than these past presidents, but he is also far less ideological. He has no apparent core values so who knows…

State to resolve key issues

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist It is too early to tell at this writing whether Roy Cooper’s slim election night lead over Pat McCrory will hold after the remaining ballots are counted, all ballots are recounted, and all potential legal matters are resolved. Indeed, it’s too early to tell at this…

Obama and Trump

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The “photo op” didn’t last long. Donald Trump had come to the Oval Office to meet President Obama and get acquainted. Trump noted as cameras of the Washington press corps whirred and clicked that the meeting they held in private lasted longer than he expected, and that he hoped to…

Criminal Charges — 11-21-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Grady Adam Allen, 33, of 1391 Goldrock Tr. in Maiden was charged on Nov. 15 with one count each of speeding to elude arrest, seat belt law violation, speeding, and careless or reckless driving. A $5,000 secured bond was set. Scot…

Around Town — 11-21-16

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Monday Blood Drive Denver Fire Department, located at 3956 N. Hwy. 16 in Denver will host Community Blood Center of the Carolinas November 2016 Blood Drives – Lincoln County from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.…

Obituaries —11-21-16

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Rica Johnson Shoffner Rica Johnson Shoffner, 36, of Lincolnton passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice. She was born March 30, 1980 in Catawba County to Charley and Priscilla Cole Johnson of Conover. Rica was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lincolnton where she once…

A break in the conservative revolution?

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ROBB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist North Carolina Democrats may be on the verge of becoming relevant again. The Democrats have had a diminishing voice in Raleigh since Republicans won control of the legislature in the Tea-Party inspired GOP landslide in 2010. In recent years, the Democrats have often been relegated to…

The future of liberty in Lincoln County

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist Election season is over, our new leaders have been elected and we are now at their whims as to what our future will look like. There are a few bright spots and a few darks spot. The primary political philosophy of the Libertarian Party includes fewer…

Inmates and mental illness

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The last place a person with mental illness needs to be is in jail. A national initiative being honed in Forsyth County should make a difference. We’ve known for some time that our jails receive far too many inmates who suffer from mental illness or problems related to their mental…

Criminal Charges — 11-18-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tommy Lee Lilly, 32, of 432 South Hoyle St. Dallas was charged on Nov. 10 with one count each of felony breaking and entering building, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Eddie Lee Hullender, 26, of 1097…