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Around Town — 4-18-16

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TODAY Dinner theatre Daystar Production Company, located at 115 Industrial Park Rd. in Lincolnton will host a dinner theatre at 7 p.m. Meal will include pork bbq, slaw, baked beans, potato salad, rolls chips and dessert. Children will have the option of chicken nuggets. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance…

House Bill 2’s uncertain impact on November elections

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – If social media accounts and responses to media questions are any indication, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory wants to distance himself from House Bill 2. His Democratic opponent in the November election, Attorney General Roy Cooper, seems OK keeping it in the forefront of voters’…

Like actors, putting ourselves in the shoes of others

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist How hard is it for a white person to really understand the black experience well enough not to get into trouble when speaking about hot-button matters of community concern? Ask Hillary Clinton. Or ask her husband, the former president. Both have spent their lives working to…

OUR VIEW — City shakes up BCD

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The members of Lincolnton’s City Council claim to want to see the city grow, but a vote on Thursday to make dramatic changes to the Business and Community Development department could have the opposite effect. Council members voted to split up director Vicki Davis and events and marketing coordinator Abby…

How to beat the FDA

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — As recent controversies in North Carolina and elsewhere have established, political debate is only partially about facts, principles, and logic. Effective politicians also think carefully about the words they use and the stories they tell with them. Some of my favorite examples come from…

Obituaries — 4-15-16

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Rosalie Jones Thomas Rosalie Jones Thomas, age 89, of 2904 River Road in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Tate officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook…

Obituaries — 4-13-16

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Obituaries for April 13, 2016. Kathy Elmore Lovelace CHERRYVILLE — Kathy Elmore Lovelace, 64 of Dallas Cherryville Hwy. in Cherryville died April 11, 2016 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain. She was born in Lincoln County on September 24, 1951, a daughter of the late Charles Hugh and…

EDITOR’S NOTE — More Clinton hypocrisy

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Can we stop pretending that Hillary Clinton is the candidate of the downtrodden and the persecuted yet? This shouldn’t be news to anyone who has been paying attention to Clinton’s actual record, rather than just her campaign rhetoric. Clinton has supported trade policies that have sent American jobs overseas. She’s…

School choice is now mainstream

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When I first advocated the idea of parental choice in elementary and secondary education, it was considered by many to be a radical notion. It shouldn’t have been. For decades, American students and their families have been free to choose among public and private colleges —…

Rule by unelected bureaucrat

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist President Barack Obama opened the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House this year by saying it was a bittersweet moment: it would be his last time hosting it. The term “Easter egg” is also used to indicate little surprises hidden on a website or…