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City makes a deal, again

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The cost of indecision for Lincolnton’s City Council? Eight thousand dollars. That’s how much money the city missed out on by waffling on the sale of the caboose at the old railroad depot. The council originally voted to list the caboose on the Government Deals website, with a reserve of…

Partisan motives are ‘hidden in plain sight’

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist The ongoing legal challenge to North Carolina’s voter ID rule, now playing out before a federal judge in Winston-Salem, could end up reminding us that it’s not the job of the courts to decide whether a law is needed or wise. It’s their job to decide…

Reader’s Forum — 2-5-16

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Reader’s forum for February 5, 2016. Martin should make no-kill a priority After reading Chairwoman Cecelia Martin’s recent interview with the Lincoln Times-News (“Cecelia Martin wants one more term as commissioner”), I am left with one question: If she truly believes “there is no such thing as a No Kill…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t put too much stock in Iowa

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor And on Feb. 2, the media rejoiced. You’d think, after reading Tuesday’s papers, that Ted Cruz had won the Iowa caucuses by 40 points and then savagely beat Donald Trump in a bare-knuckle boxing match on the pavement in front of the Des Moines Register. The…

Reader’s Forum: Spay/neuter ordinance needed

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Spay/neuter ordinance needed This is in response to the editorial in the Friday, January 29, 2016 LTN and related story concerning the Lincoln County Animal Services. And to the many articles written in the LTN the last few months concerning the “No Kill Policy” or should I say lack of…

Four thoughts from Christopher Chung

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist For more than a year, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina has been the main recruiter of new jobs to the state, taking over from the Commerce Department. I sat down for an hour last week with Christopher Chung, the partnership’s chief executive officer, who…

End America’s busted nation-building in Afghanistan

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Afghanistan is a bust. The Taliban is expanding its control. The number of “security incidents” was up a fifth in the last months of 2015 over the previous year. Popular confidence is at its lowest level in a decade. U.S. military officers now speak of a…

OUR VIEW — Raids against IS hit in wrong country

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The foreign policy motto of President Barack Obama’s administration must be “Too Little, Too Late.” According to The New York Times, “the United States has carried out at least a dozen operations — including commando raids and airstrikes — in the past three weeks against militants in Afghanistan aligned with…

Help children’s health by closing the coverage gap

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ROB THOMPSON Guest Columnist University researchers at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health recently released a new study showing the profound benefits of expanding health coverage to uninsured, low-income adults in the health care coverage gap. The study compares the health of low-income adults in states that have expanded…

Reader’s Forum — 2-2-16

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County needs leadership to make shelter no-kill In Cecelia Allran Martin’s campaign profile in Tuesday’s Lincoln Times News, she blames the public “for bringing sick and injured animals to the shelter.” She tries to distance herself from her own voting record by saying that she only voted to “try” the…

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