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Reader’s Forum — 2-3-14

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Reading tests aren’t good for students This is in response to the state requiring third graders to take 36 proficiency tests for the remainder of the school year. This would be about two tests per week. The children are going to be so tired of taking tests and will probably…

Reader’s Forum — 1/29/14

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Changing sidewalk alcohol ordinance not the end of the world Did I miss something? Did we go back in time to Prohibition? Do we automatically assume that anyone drinking alcohol is a depraved person who will corrupt our youth? Sounds pretty antiquated and cynical to me. Lincolnton is a lovely…

EDITOR’S NOTE — Concealed carry permit publishing debate misses the mark

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Gun rights advocates are angry, again. The reason? Davidson-based Civitas Media was considering building a database that listed concealed carry permit holders nationwide, according to an internal memo leaked to the Buckeye Firearms Association which was published on Friday. Civitas Media CEO Michael C. Bush said…

Reader’s Forum — 01-27-14

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What’s the fascination with drinking booze on our city sidewalks? Under ABC laws, “private clubs” qualify for ABC permits, but municipalities have been reluctant to extend “sidewalk drinking” (alcoholic beverages) due to their being considered “bars” and ” taverns.” Last year, I voiced my opposition to a revised ordinance to…

Reader’s Forum — 1-24-14

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Sidewalk Alcohol Sales In Lincolnton Last spring, the Lincolnton City Council approved a revision to city ordinances, affecting the downtown business district. The revision reduced the distance between certain businesses and nearby churches, public or private schools, child day care, etc., reducing the distance from 300 feet to 50 feet.…

Editor’s Note: Where was Hagan?

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Kay Hagan has cashed her check. The Senator is coming to the realization, all too late, that her unbridled support for President Barack Obama and big government policies, most importantly the disastrous Affordable Care Act, will likely cost her November’s election unless her campaign can come…

OUR VIEW — Child Advocacy Center deserves full support from state

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A story in Friday’s edition detailed how the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse’s Child Advocacy Center received a $6,000 donation from The Backyard Players at Verdict Ridge, and we commend the theater group’s support of this vital organization. CAC Director Sherry Reinhardt told us that…

Reader’s Forum — 1/17/14

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Thanks for the coverage The Lincolnton Lions Club would like to express our thanks to the Lincoln Times-News for reporting our 15th Annual Lions Club Christmas Party/Luncheon For Lincoln County’s Visually Impaired People ( VIPs) in Boger City United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall. Tammy Loukos, Lincoln County Social Worker for…

No one wins the unemployment fight

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Congress has to decide whether it would rather compose and pass legislation aimed at finding a solution for the root causes of a flagging economy, or make an empty strategic political gesture at one of the symptoms and, in the process, abandon over 1 million of…

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GSA club is wrong This is in response to the Gay Straight Alliance Club at West Lincoln High School. If the Bible says it’s wrong, it’s wrong. How can our school system accept and promote something that is wrong? It frightens me that some people in our society are accepting…