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Reader’s Forum — 6-14-13

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Unfair tax Beginning July 1, all property owners here in Lincolnton are going to be charged (taxed) an additional $10 a month to have our trash picked up. Our City Manager Jeff Emory, City Councilmen Dr. John “Les” Cloninger and Carroll Heavner decided that this tax was “necessary to continue…

Reader’s Forum 6-12-13

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  Disappointed by garbage fee After reading in the Lincoln Times-News that the City Council approved the new $10 monthly fee for garbage collection, I was disappointed but not surprised, especially for the two Council members in favor of the new fee or “tax,” as Charles Eurey rightly called it.…

Our View: Main Street security cameras are unnecessary

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor The Lincolnton City Council approved a request from the police department at its May meeting to install several security cameras on Main Street — cameras that will cover the area from Cedar Street to the courthouse. We feel the cameras are an unnecessary infringement upon the…

Reader’s Forum — 6-10-13

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Garbage fee a disappointment What a disappointment!  Our city council let us down again.  Even in the midst of protests and pleas from the very people that elected them.  What does this tell you about our council?  They don’t care about our city and they are out of touch with…

Reader’s Forum — 6-7-13

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Call garbage fee what it is If it looks like a duck….if it walks like a duck….if it quacks like a duck….in all likelihood it is a DUCK! Therefore, let us call this $120 fee for trash pick-up in the city what it really is…IT IS A TAX….A NEW TAX!!!!!…

Aching joints create many problems

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist (I wrote this column last year and couldn’t decide whether to use it or not.  Now many are asking why I use a cane. This is the reason.) If you have had knee joint replacement surgery raise your right hand. If it was successful raise your…

Reader’s Forum — 6-3-13

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Taxation Without True Representation Upon learning  Jeff Emory, our City Manager, and our elected officials with the exception of Mayor John Gilleland and Councilman Devin Rhyne were in favor of finalizing and balancing our 2013-14 municipal budget by adding a $10 monthly ($120 annual tax) on homeowners and using a…

Tag today as one of the good old days

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist There’s no better way to start the day than having coffee on the sunporch while gently rocking back and forth watching the colorful birds begin their early morning search for worms. This reminds me of the old saying that the early bird gets the worm. I…

Reader’s Forum — 5-31-13

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House bill would harm camp meeting Last week “Crossover Day” passed in the North Carolina Legislature. It is a deadline set by the General Assembly to ensure non-budget bills clear their originating chamber with enough time to be heard by the other chamber prior to adjournment. House Bill 288 filed…

Reader’s Forum — 5-29-13

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A Tax By Any Other Name     As our City Councilmen finalize their budget for the next fiscal year, they have publicly announced raises in both our water rates (approximately 2%) and electric rates (approximately 8%). If they truly believe the raises are justified, then they should be able to…