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We all change as the numbers add up

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist How old is old? I mean, is old the number of years you have lived, or how you feel and react to what’s going on around you? Is it when your aches are so troublesome that you wince when you reach for the newspaper or favorite…

Reader’s Forum — 4/10/13

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Thanks to American Legion Post 30 Thank you to Dale Punch and the American Legion Post 30 for the wonderful program honoring WWII veterans. Thanks also to Captain Randy Cash Chaplain and Major General Thomas Sadler for their remarks. Also, thanks to Ms. Brooke Baldwin for a remarkable rendition of…

Our View — Voter I.D. a no-brainer

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MIKE GEBELEIN News Editor Republicans in North Carolina’s House of Representatives presented their newest voter identification bill on Thursday and were met, not surprisingly, with partisan praise on the right and derision on the left. The bill mandates that voters show a government issued identification card at the polls, starting…

Just thinking about spring cleaning

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Peter Cottontail hopped along the bunny trail this Easter weekend and left behind enough blooming Bradford Pear trees to keep us sneezing for a while. There’s a hint of spring when the blooms arrive and the tickle in your throat is a reminder to search for…

Last note on WWII Hero Bobby Harkey

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CHARLES EUREY Guest Columnist   This is the third and last installment recollecting the saga of Bobby Harkey and his service during World War II.   In my last column Bobby and his pals were on the Normandy coast, trying to establish a secure beach head for the invading forces.…

Reader’s Forum

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  Thanks to a Good Samaritan This is a “thank you” to the anonymous woman who made my day today. On March 27, while running several errands, my husband and I were in the Lincoln County Tax Office. Unknown to me, my earring fell off while we were in the…

Many tests, but no answer to pain

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Testing, testing, and testing. That’s what last week was to me. I have written about being in the emergency room, but when there’s nowhere else to turn, it’s the last resort for many of us. We’re not the only ones who go there most of the…

Hometown Hero – Part II

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CHARLES EUREY Guest Columnist In my last column I wrote about WWII hero Bobby Harkey who was in the midst of the big fight on D-day, June 6, 1944. The fighting was intense and by the end of the first day the Americans appeared to have breached the iron wall…

Reader’s Forum — 3/22/13

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Unemployment insurance a tightening safety net I am troubled by the cuts to unemployment insurance. Back in the 1990s, the North Carolina state house decided to help Big Business by cutting unemployment taxes. The cuts were so deep that in 1996, it was down to 0.2 percent. These cuts hurt…

Reader’s Forum — 3/20/13

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Thumbs up for Post 30 On behalf of the “Last Man’s Club” I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the American Legion Post 30 of Lincolnton for their sponsorship of the WWII Appreciation Day on April 6. They are providing a meal for each WWII Veteran…