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Our View — It starts with the people

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The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed when he was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9 in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, has sparked protests and riots and a police response that has a disturbing paramilitary flavor. The death of Brown and the…

OUR VIEW — Caution in Iraq

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The administration of President Barack Obama may be using the pretense of protecting American assets and personnel in northern Iraq as a justification for airstrikes against Islamic State militants. But the reality is, whether the president realizes it or not, the current unrest in Iraq was unavoidable. These are the…

No high steps, but more time for bird watching

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist When I was very young I wanted to be older so that I could do all the things that older people do. I wasn’t thinking of being so old you couldn’t do what you wanted. Who ever thought that going up a flight of stairs would…

Ebola outbreak unlikely in U.S.

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GORDON C. CROWELL Guest Columnist When I was very young I wEbola has been much in the news lately. I never heard of Ebola during my time in medical school, in training after school, in the Army Medical Corps or during my years of medical practice. If I saw any…

Reader’s Forum 8-15-14

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United Way says ‘thanks’ On behalf of the United Way of Lincoln County and our partnering agencies, I would like to say “thank you” to our local Harris Teeter. To their staff, employees and customers who have been so faithful through the years, participating and contributing to the United Way…

Our View — Can’t fight the wave

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An inevitable part of growth is change. Lincoln County is no exception to that rule. As the population grows, the county is going to change. It’s better if we accept it, embrace it and make the people who are moving here feel like they belong. The population in 2010, according…

Reader’s Forum 8-8-14

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Old hospital could be used for nonprofits This is in response to the Lincoln Times editorial on “City needs commitment from county.” Why would the county spend $17 million to close down Lincolnton businesses??? To The City of Lincolnton Planning: When CMC built and moved into its new facility, I,…

Still time to enjoy warm days of summer

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist The weather is showing signs of early autumn, with cooler days and foggy mornings. Back to school talk can be heard and stores are gearing up with colorful displays of book bags and supplies to stuff them with. Communities-in-Schools is receiving help from several groups that…

Our View — Let’s make a deal

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The news that the City of Lincolnton and Lincoln County may soon reach an agreement on water sales from the city to the county, detailed in a story in Monday’s edition, is welcome news. Negotiations have been ongoing for the better part of two years, with each side balking at…

Our View — Where does it end?

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We’re occasionally asked why there are so many crime stories featured in the pages of the Lincoln Times-News. The people who ask that question usually wish there weren’t so many drugs and crime stories in the paper. It’s unsettling to them, particularly for those who remember a simpler, gentler time,…