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Our View — A moment of silence

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The second time around. It’s not just the title of a great, sappy Frank Sinatra song. It’s what it took for Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners to create a rational policy for religious invocations at government meetings. The timing, of course, is suspect. Commissioners created a new prayer policy in…

Editor’s Note — An engagement

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor When I think of my sister, I sometimes remember her 11 or 12 years ago, when I was 15 and she was 9 years old. Back then I was in a punk rock band and one of my best memories is when she came to the…

Our View — A bold move by Meadows

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Rep. Mark Meadows has guts. Meadows, a Republican who represents western North Carolina in the state’s 11th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced a resolution on Tuesday to bounce House Speaker John Boehner from his post. All signs point to a quick death for the resolution which, because…

OUR VIEW — Backpack drive is commendable

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It would be hard to produce the Lincoln Times-News without paper and ink. Lincoln County Schools’ Associate Superintendent Matt Stover told us he couldn’t do his job without his computer. The same goes for our staff here at the paper nowadays. So it makes sense, then, that school children can’t…

Reader’s Forum — 7-29-15

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Reader’s forum for July 29, 2015. Same-day registration creates opportunities for fraud Same-day registration and voting doesn’t even happen in 39 states so it’s hard to claim a right to same-day registration. Some of the other 11 require a photo ID, which North Carolina never did. In two of those…

Editor’s Note — A new battlefield

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I’ve always been fascinated by guerilla warfare and revolutionary movements, by the motivations of people who would, in many cases, give up relatively comfortable lives to fight against governments that are better trained, better equipped, more popular than they are. The most interesting ones are the…

OUR VIEW — The right to not be offended

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The sensitivity police were in Raleigh this week. According to an article published by the Raleigh News & Observer on Thursday, two liberal groups — Action NC and Progress NC Action — delivered petitions with 13,000 signatures to Gov. Pat McCrory’s office that demanded the governor end the state’s production…

Reader’s Forum: Embracing the future while honoring the past — 7-24-15

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Embracing the future while honoring the past I am one of the eight church members who committed the unthinkable act of suing her church, described in last week’s article “Parishioners hope to save items in Unity Chapel.” I hope to shed some light on our actions. The chapel, built in…

Our View — A seat at the table

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Rep. Jason Saine’s star continues to rise in the state’s General Assembly and so, by extension, does the profile of Lincoln County. The second-term Republican was named to one of seven chairmanships in the House budget committee recently, and also serves as a senior co-chair on the finance committee. Those…

Our View: With friends like these

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On the scale of trustworthy countries, Iran ranks pretty low. Pretty low, that is, unless you’re part of the Obama administration team that negotiated an agreement with Tehran this week that will lift economic sanctions and an arms embargo and release $100 billion in frozen assets in exchange for a…