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The politics of Gitmo

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A. TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist Arguing that “It’s been clear that the detention center at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security,” and that “It undermines our standing in the world,” President Obama has at last presented a plan to close Gitmo. The plan Obama outlined last week was…

EDITOR’S NOTE — Freedom of the press can’t be eroded

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I’ve been threatened with lawsuits more times than I can remember, and I’ve only been an editor for three years. It’s just part of the game — write something about someone that they don’t like and they’re either going to take it, or threaten to sue.…

Reader’s Forum — 2-29-16

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Reader’s forum for February 29, 2016. Slow down the growth Maybe it’s time the voters in Lincoln County took a look at what is going on in their county. Our schools are already overcrowded and our roads are as well. So why are our county leaders approving more and more…

Invest in Gaston and Lincoln’s future on March 15 by voting “Yes” for the Connect NC Bond

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PHILIP L. DUBOIS PATRICIA A. SKINNER Guest Columnists North Carolina voters will soon go to the polls for the March 15 primary election. Although the top of the ticket has many important races, we want to make sure all voters consider an issue that is critical to Gaston and Lincoln…

New districts better, but could be better

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnists Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, a Wake County Republican, made the point during debate over the newly drawn congressional districts that they are “prettier” than the ones previously adopted by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2011. He’s right. (And it’s not just because the colors used to…

Scoreboard

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Scoreboard Saturday’s Western Regional Scores Boys: 1A Lincoln Charter 82, Hayesville 53 Cherokee 82, North Stanly 76 Avery County 64, Mount Airy 57 W-S Prep 74, Queen’s Grant 53 2A East Lincoln 64, Lincolnton 61 Shelby 67, North Surry 51 LN Charter 79, Smoky Mtn. 72 Forest Hills 66, R-S…

Congress, not the president, truly has control

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I was reading a piece in The Guardian that was attempting to explain Donald Trump’s popularity with a wide swath of Republican primary voters, regardless of education level or economic status or race. The writer argued that Trump has found so much success in the primaries — a reality that…

What county commissioners can and can’t do

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MARTIN OAKES Guest Columnist One of the things people running for office often don’t understand is to what extent the commissioners lack freedom to do things certain ways. State and federal dollars come in earmarked for certain programs and can’t be redirected. This happens with about 5-6 programs in the…

Seatbelt mandates are a form of government

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist I am curious at what point we stopped leaving common-sense choices up to competent adults and started making them state law? I am referring to seatbelt mandates. I typically always wear my seatbelt when I drive anywhere and ensure my family does the same, but should…

Reader’s Forum — 2-26-16

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Reader’s forum for February 26, 2016. Misconceptions about socialism Jim Morrison needs to get his facts straight about Bernie Sanders being a socialist. We want all of our enterprising citizens to get rich, but we want them to share. Hitler and Mussolini were fascists, where the government owns everything and…