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  Don’t reduce tax, remove it   A reduction in the garbage tax is not the answer.  The question is why was this tax voted in to begin with? The tax instituted by the City Council is the result of their refusal to face the hard facts of the need…

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  Democracy in action Last Thursday’s action by both the citizens of Lincolnton and their elected representatives gave a great lesson involving true democracy in action. At the June Council meeting, numerous citizens expressed their strong objection to a proposed trash tax. After affording the citizens the opportunity to voice…

Reader’s Forum — 7-10-13

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Seek public’s advice on city budget If you stop to think about it, there are usually solutions to most of the problems we encounter.  Finding solutions usually requires some patience, a willingness to think “outside the box,” a spirit of compromise and an ability to put yourself in the position…

Exchange some memories on the Fourth of July

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I received a telephone call the other night from a long ago classmate and it was so unexpected that I kept thinking about it for several days. When I say long ago classmate, I mean many and elementary school years ago. We settled the reason for…

Reader’s Forum — 7-5-13

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Hog Happenin’ should be more family friendly As a taxpaying citizen of Lincolnton, I feel I have a right to state my opinion about how my tax dollars are used. I am not opposed to folks having fun, however, I am having a problem accepting that $60,000 of taxpayer money…

City should tighten budget, not add tax

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  In reference to the newly created “trash tax,” I was taken back a bit by our city manager’s comment regarding fighting for “our” employees. I’m sure he’s a good boss to work for, but perhaps he should be in the private sector, fighting for his employees with private money,…

Reader’s Forum — 6-28-13

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City Manager hits nail on the head regarding recession The City Manager has, as succinctly as possible, explained exactly why we should not enact this “garbage fee/tax hike.” His exact words: “it would not have been necessary at all had the city’s finances been where they were five years ago…

Good things going on this summer

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist The farmer’s market is a good place to visit on Saturday morning. There’s lots of fresh vegetables, baked goods, flowers, lotions and soaps. Carrying home a big basket of goods makes good meals this week. It’s also a good time to meet and make friends. If…

Reader’s Forum — 6-26-13

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Props for Little Women Kudos to the Lincoln Theater Guild for its lovely production of Little Women. The girls/women who played the four sisters did a wonderful job. I’m sure I read the book when I was a kid, but I don’t remember it. Now I want to read it…

Reader’s Forum — 6-24-13

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City budget puts increasing burden on citizens Our City Manager has spoken and the taxpayers of Lincolnton should just settle back and accept the new sanitation fee.  After all, our City Manager freely admits that he will “always fight for our city employees” and he “stands firm in his belief…