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Reader’s Forum 3-13-13

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  Medicaid changes: NC residents speak up Jan. 1, 2013, became a monumental date for all of us as we engaged in New Year’s celebrations and traditions that have been passed down for centuries but unfortunately due to the fear-inducing Medicaid changes that NC residents are currently facing, not all…

OUR VIEW — Failure in leadership at Gaston College

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor The leaders of Gaston College, its top administrators and Board of Trustees, have failed in their obligation to serve the people of Lincoln and Gaston counties. They need to be replaced. Taxpayers should be outraged that nearly half a million dollars from Gaston College has to…

Things are seldom normal at my house

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist I am beginning to be on a first name basis with many of the folks at CMC-Lincoln as I have made my second appearance within a short time. I am proud of our hometown hospital, but I don’t want to visit that often. After my pneumonia…

Reader’s Forum — 3-4-13

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Welcome to the Sequester Apocalypse The Sequester Deadline has passed.  The future is uncertain, bleak with no creditable confidence in the growth of our economy. Who is at fault?  I know the answer. They are in Washington, D.C. I am angry, outraged and greatly disappointed in the officials whom we…

Flu vaccine is better than nothing

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist When I wrote last week’s column about being sick, I didn’t know that this awful virus was sweeping the area like a broken broom. I certainly wasn’t the only one who wound up flat on her back at home or in the hospital. Many called to…

Our View: Don’t let predatory lenders back in N.C.

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Some lawmakers in Raleigh have been toying with the misguided idea of re-opening the gates of North Carolina to payday lenders. These predatory businesses suck meager funds out of working families and industrial communities, like those in Lincoln County, under the guise of helping those briefly down on their luck…

Add happy pills to your forgiveness box

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist I was searching the internet and discovered that if you missed Valentine’s Day you could order a forgiveness basket. What if you didn’t order a basket, but made up your own? May be a box of stuff. What would you put in your box? How would…

Can furry rodents predict weather?

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January is finally over and now we have to live with what February’s groundhog left for us. Don’t believe it. Some reports say that spring was just six weeks away. Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on February 2, winter will last six more weeks.…

I know nothing about nothing to do

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist A young mother asked me last week why I didn’t write about children having nothing to do around here. I wasn’t smarting off when I told her I couldn’t do that because I knew nothing about having nothing to do. I can’t remember when I didn’t…

Breakfast brings weather changes

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Set a date for the Lincoln Times-News annual breakfast and watch the weather wait until the day to get extreme. This year we got rain, downpours much of the day. In the 39 years that the event has been on the third Thursday, at least 30…