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Editor’s Note — A fishing trip

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It finally happened — one of a young father’s most anticipated and proudest moments completed. I took my oldest son fishing for the first time on Saturday. Sure, it took a trip to Wal-Mart for a kid’s closed-face rod (which exploded in my hands the minute I tried to pull…

Reader’s Forum — 8-31-15

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Reader’s forum for August 31, 2015. Response to Monday column The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #85 would like to respond to Michael Gebelein’s editorial in Monday’s paper entitled “The Wrong Verdict” First of all, the mistrial was the result of the judicial process, not a travesty. The…

OUR VIEW — Clinton’s emails really do matter

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Hillary Clinton is coming around to the idea that using a private email server while working at the nation’s secretary of state wasn’t the best idea, after weeks of dismissing the questions of journalists and activists and Republican politicians as being politically motivated and baseless. There may be some truth…

Reader’s Forum — 8-28-15

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Reader’s Forum from August 28, 2015. Priorities? In the Lincoln Times-News recently there was an article about the land that the caboose is on being purchased for $120,000 by the city. Also an article about Christian Ministries having very little food. Is there a question of priorities here? Just saying!…

OUR VIEW — Braylon Beam keeps inspiring

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Braylon Beam continues to inspire. The 6-year-old Lincoln County first-grader, battling eye cancer, is a celebrity because of his warmth, his smile, his sunny disposition and, of course, his sweet dance moves. Beam has been featured on network television and signed a coaching contract with the Carolina Panthers. While battling…

Editor’s Note — The wrong verdict

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A Charlotte jury on Friday failed to convict police officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick of using excessive force when he shot Jonathan Ferrell 10 times and killed him in September 2013. The mistrial is a travesty. Ferrell was unarmed. Two other officers backed up Kerrick. That’s three…

Reader’s Forum: Respond to growth in one of two ways — 8-24-15

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Respond to growth in one of two ways Lincoln County is beginning to suffer or enjoy (depending on your point of view) the pangs of growth which are associated with being adjacent to a major city. This will bring more housing and traffic, with growing demands on private business and…

Our View — Bring on the growth

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Officials in Lincolnton and Lincoln County approved deals in the past week that will bring more than 300 new homes to the county. And…cue the delirious, petulant outrage about traffic and Charlotte’s expansion and people with the wrong last names moving to town. But the fact is that the county…

OUR VIEW — No hunger

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Lincoln County is home to many nonprofits and charities that do wonderful work in the community, meeting the needs of those who are less fortunate. One of those needs, and perhaps the most important, is food. Christian Ministry of Lincoln County, located at 207 S. Poplar Street in Lincolnton, does…

Our View: Redistribution by any other name

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Rob from the rich to give to the poor. That’s the motto of Robin Hood and, apparently, the North Carolina Senate. “The Senate again has passed a bill containing a retooled formula for distributing annually more than $2.5 billion in sales taxes for counties and municipalities,” according to The Associated…

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