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Trading stories with old school friends

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    There’s something wonderful about visiting with old school friends. They have remained loyal and fun to be with through the years. I mingled with some during last week’s reunion of North Brook classes of 49’ and 50’. Not many showed up, but then not many remain. Those who…

Our View: Regular people doing the right thing

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When government lets us down, it’s an enormous tribute to the American people to see individuals stepping up to affect their community in a positive way. A perfect example is the owners of Denver’s Good Karma Ranch. A story in Friday’s edition detailed how Mike and Shelly Walsh plan to…

Reader’s Forum — 10-14-13

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Support for city Republican candidates Before the last national election I changed from Democrat to Republican. One of the many reasons was that I was shocked when the Democrats wanted to take God out of their platform. Because of things like that I decided I wanted to become more aware…

Troubling thoughts on a sleepless night

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist My sleepless night was blamed on medication prescribed for a bad case of gout in the big toe and foot. I tossed, tumbled and scratched for hours before getting up to eat the rest of the leftover cinnamon buns and having a glass of orange juice…

Reader’s Forum

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Proud to be a Democrat I am proud of the Democrats on Lincolnton City Council. They tried to find a way to raise money to offset the loss of over $200,000 due to reduced property values. They tried the garbage collection fee that has been successful in so many other…

OUR VIEW — The value of newspapers

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    MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor     National Newspaper Week (Oct. 6-12) seems like as good a time as any to reflect on the importance of good, old-fashioned journalism in relation to today’s changing media landscape. Newspapers have often been described as the Fourth Branch of the Government. We…

Reviving memories of the early fall fair

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    KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist You know it’s really the fall season when the weather cools and the Cleveland County Fair is going on. I had to decline an invitation to the fair on its first opening day because I knew if I went I couldn’t do what I…

Reader’s Forum 10-4-13

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  Enough! Over the last 20 years of taxing and spending, our city budget has increased more under the Democrat majority than in the preceding 150 years. Now this Democrat majority on our City Council wants us to believe they’ve changed their spots. If it had not been for the…

Our View: We can do better

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The state health insurance exchanges that are a result of the Affordable Care Act went live in North Carolina on Tuesday. That means that in the coming days and months, the reality of President Obama’s sweeping healthcare reform law will, in many ways, cease to be…

Reader’s Forum — 10-2-13

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Some voters ignore the facts During the 1991 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas, Sen. Howell Heflin (D-Ala) asked Anita Hill if she was “out of touch with reality.” I would pose the same question to any Lincolnton voter who mistakenly thinks that…