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Reader’s Forum: Merger time? — 7-1-15

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Merger time? I hear that our county will consider expanding its water system. It means the county’s usage is growing and maximum capacity is just around the corner. I have heard the city of Lincolnton is selling less water due to a major business closing. The city (secondhand information) is…

EDITOR’S NOTE — Take marriage away from the state

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Now that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, we’ll get to find out how tolerant the left really is. Public opinion was already overwhelmingly in favor of the legalization of same-sex marriage even before the Supreme Court’s split decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on Friday, but there are…

Reader’s Forum — 6-29-15

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Reader’s Forum for June 29, 2015. Police lend a helping hand With all the media coverage on the police recently, I just want to share something positive about an officer who helped me today. Thursday morning, I was on my way to work from Hickory to Lincolnton, when I got…

Our View — Senate budget needs work

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There’s a big difference between conservative spending plans and reckless ideological penny pinching. North Carolina’s Senate appears to be choosing the second route. A story in our Friday edition detailed how the Senate’s budget proposal would save the state more than $200 million over the next two fiscal years by…

Gun control talk misses the point

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor It’s perfectly natural to seek out answers in the aftermath of horrible tragedies like the murder of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday. I found myself asking why it happened and what could have been done to prevent it. These are dark and dangerous…

Opposition to sales tax on veterinary services

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KAREN MILLER Guest Columnist I am writing to declare my vehement opposition to sales tax on veterinary services. The North Carolina Senate has voted in favor of its proposed budget, which included expanding the sales tax to veterinary services. The Senate and the House members will have to negotiate a…

Our View: Feeding program meets an unfortunate need

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No child should ever have to go hungry. A USDA summer feeding program, implemented by Lincoln County Schools, is making sure that, for at least two meals per day during the week, they don’t have to. The program gives free meals to anyone under the age of 18 at 25…

Our View — Solar farm illogic

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Not all solar farms are created equal. There’s a big difference between two solar farms approved by Lincoln County commissioners and one conditional use rezoning permit that was denied, which is now making its way through the state’s court system. That difference is money. The homes near the denied Strata…

Reader’s Forum — 6-12-15

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Reader’s Forum for June 12, 2015. Thanks to first responders I would like to thank the Boger City Fire Department and Chief Mitch Burgin for their rapid response to my house fire at 4 a.m. on June 1. Between my smoke alarm, the fire extinguisher and the Fire Department the…

Our View — With a little help from his friends

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It helps to have friends in high places. Former CIA Director David Petraeus knows this as well as anyone, except for maybe the whistleblowers prosecuted by the President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice under the Espionage Act. “Political, military and international figures are among the nearly three dozen people who…