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Our View: Redistribution by any other name

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Rob from the rich to give to the poor. That’s the motto of Robin Hood and, apparently, the North Carolina Senate. “The Senate again has passed a bill containing a retooled formula for distributing annually more than $2.5 billion in sales taxes for counties and municipalities,” according to The Associated…

Our View: The reality of war

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Historians will some day draw a direct line between the current disaster that is Iraq and Syria to the United States’ and President George W. Bush’s decision, in 2003, to invade Iraq and topple the Saddam Hussein regime because of weapons of mass destruction that weren’t actually there. But what…

Our View — A free college education isn’t the right answer

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The end goal of modern progressive liberalism, it seems, is to make people so dependent upon the state that they have nowhere else to turn, that they have no accountability. And when people have nowhere else to turn and no accountability, the bureaucracy and the system can perpetuate itself. This…

Editor’s Note — Taliban remains strong

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The war in Afghanistan is over, right? The Taliban and the Afghan government are still pursuing peace talks. Never mind that on Friday, Taliban fighters blew up a car bomb outside of a U.S. special forces headquarters in Kabul and attacked an Afghan army base and police academy, according to…

Our View — An unethical hunt

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The killing of a 13-year-old lion named Cecil during a $50,000 hunting expedition in Zimbabwe in July has given self-righteous desktop activists a prime opportunity to show their indignation in their typical lazy fashion — with a Facebook account and a few taps on a keyboard — while ignoring the…

Our View — A moment of silence

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The second time around. It’s not just the title of a great, sappy Frank Sinatra song. It’s what it took for Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners to create a rational policy for religious invocations at government meetings. The timing, of course, is suspect. Commissioners created a new prayer policy in…

Editor’s Note — An engagement

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor When I think of my sister, I sometimes remember her 11 or 12 years ago, when I was 15 and she was 9 years old. Back then I was in a punk rock band and one of my best memories is when she came to the…

Our View — A bold move by Meadows

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Rep. Mark Meadows has guts. Meadows, a Republican who represents western North Carolina in the state’s 11th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced a resolution on Tuesday to bounce House Speaker John Boehner from his post. All signs point to a quick death for the resolution which, because…

OUR VIEW — Backpack drive is commendable

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It would be hard to produce the Lincoln Times-News without paper and ink. Lincoln County Schools’ Associate Superintendent Matt Stover told us he couldn’t do his job without his computer. The same goes for our staff here at the paper nowadays. So it makes sense, then, that school children can’t…

Reader’s Forum — 7-29-15

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Reader’s forum for July 29, 2015. Same-day registration creates opportunities for fraud Same-day registration and voting doesn’t even happen in 39 states so it’s hard to claim a right to same-day registration. Some of the other 11 require a photo ID, which North Carolina never did. In two of those…