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Our View: Don’t let predatory lenders back in N.C.

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Some lawmakers in Raleigh have been toying with the misguided idea of re-opening the gates of North Carolina to payday lenders. These predatory businesses suck meager funds out of working families and industrial communities, like those in Lincoln County, under the guise of helping those briefly down on their luck…

Add happy pills to your forgiveness box

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist I was searching the internet and discovered that if you missed Valentine’s Day you could order a forgiveness basket. What if you didn’t order a basket, but made up your own? May be a box of stuff. What would you put in your box? How would…

Can furry rodents predict weather?

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January is finally over and now we have to live with what February’s groundhog left for us. Don’t believe it. Some reports say that spring was just six weeks away. Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on February 2, winter will last six more weeks.…

I know nothing about nothing to do

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist A young mother asked me last week why I didn’t write about children having nothing to do around here. I wasn’t smarting off when I told her I couldn’t do that because I knew nothing about having nothing to do. I can’t remember when I didn’t…

Breakfast brings weather changes

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Set a date for the Lincoln Times-News annual breakfast and watch the weather wait until the day to get extreme. This year we got rain, downpours much of the day. In the 39 years that the event has been on the third Thursday, at least 30…

Our View: Take wise precautions; refuse to live in fear

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Lincoln County Schools are going through the same tough test that all U.S. school districts are facing: How best to respond to security concerns after the massacre in Newtown, Conn.? Our school board is wisely moving forward with projects that would have made sense even before the tragedy, beefing up…

Reader’s Forum — 1-23-13

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‘No Photo ID’ claims are full of holes Monday’s “Guest View” editorial from a liberal newspaper conveniently focuses on the first several sentences of the State Board of Elections Voter ID report (available on-line – search for ‘DMV _ SBOE ID Analysis_2013.pdf’ – include the spaces — which you’ll find…

January called cruelist month for a reason

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Mother Nature gave us a slight reprieve from the cold last weekend with some warmer weather along with some foggy mornings and needed rain. January is a bad time of the year for me. Cold rainy weather, short days with not much going on. Many of…

How an angel helped Christmas come early

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  CAROLYN PARKER Guest Columnist Christmas came early for me last month. Where to begin? I guess the beginning the best. On the seventh day of November, I left my home for a doctor’s appointment. When I left, I said goodbye to my dog Buffy, and when I returned a…

Did you resolve to do better this year?

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist This is the first week of the new year. Did you join others with the first day sit down dinner of black-eyed peas and collard greens? The superstitious tradition of the New Year’s foods is supposed to bring prosperity for the coming year. How about resolutions?…