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Guest View— Carcinogen that can be found in well water

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Gov. Roy Cooper has rightly been criticized in recent days for not enacting better protection against hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen that can be found in well water. There are signs his administration is now headed in the right direction. We hope that’s the case. “As a Democratic gubernatorial candidate last…

Americans: Optimistic no more?

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ED FEULNER Syndicated Columnist “The present is getting better. The future, not at all.” So begins a recent New York Times article about a Pew study that shows the public adopting a rather dim outlook. “Even as more Americans say the economy is improving, a clear majority remain fearful about…

Which political party is more anti-science?

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist If Jim Martin could make peace between religion and science, could he do something similar about his Republican Party’s war with science? A few weeks ago I wrote about our former governor’s new book, “Revelation Through Science: Evolution in the Harmony of Science and Religion.” In…

Dying to Work in America’s Black Market

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ALEX NOWRASTEH Guest Columnist The recent deaths of 10 illegal immigrants in San Antonio, Texas are a gruesome example of the human costs of severe immigration restrictions. The immigrants wanted to be smuggled into the United States and, presumably, paid somebody for that service. They had no way to enter…

Around Town— 7-31-17

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MONDAY VBS Reeps Grove UMC, located at 7401 Reeps Grove Church Rd. in Vale will continue VBS through Aug. 3, 2017 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY Celebration Lincoln County WIC, CHS Lincoln will host world breastfeeding week at Highland Drive Park, located at 2752 Highland Dr. in Lincolnton…

Criminal Charges— 7-31-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Alita Shea Lingerfelt, 27, of 326 N. Poplar St. in Lincolnton was charged July 26 with one count of civil order for arrest for child support. A $500.00 cash bond was set. Christopher Todd Moore, 33, of 7000 Executive Cir. in…

Obituaries— 7-31-17

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Donald Glenn Ritchie IRON STATION — Donald Glenn Ritchie, age 81, of Iron Station, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, July 27, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, in the Alexis Baptist Church cemetery with Rev. Scott Jenkins…

Obituaries — 7-28-17

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Wilhelmina Reynolds Yoder Wilhelmina Reynolds Yoder, age 89, of Crouse passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Brain Center Lincolnton.  She was born April 30, 1928 in Bamberg County, S.C., a daughter of the late Logan Lohr and Iona Marie Brown Reynolds.  Wilhelmina was a lifelong resident of Crouse where she lived…

GUEST VIEW — Renewable energy legislation

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Sometimes a decision boils down to something pretty unpleasant, a choice where you have to pick the least-damaging option, but you feel lousy about it because you’re inflicting needless damage. So it is with the renewable energy legislation that’s on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. No matter what he does —…

Exaggeration won’t stop school choice

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — During the 2016-17 academic year, nearly one out of five North Carolina children were educated in settings other than district-run public schools. In Wake County and some other urban areas, the percentage was even higher. What does this mean? To opponents of parental choice…