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A Lincoln County Muslim’s response to Carrol Mitchem

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DUSTON BARTO Guest Columnist I have lived in Lincoln County for most of my 40 years. I went to Lincolnton Junior High before it was converted to a campus of Gaston College, and I graduated from Lincolnton High School. I was even born in Gordon Crowell Memorial Hospital just a…

Reader’s Forum: Mitchem — 5-18-15

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Response to Mitchem’s comments Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem’s recent statements concerning prayer shows both ignorance and a lack of respect for others. I am appalled as a citizen of Lincoln County. Mitchem should immediately resign from his position. He has misrepresented our citizens and embarrassed our county by…

EDITOR’S NOTE: To publish, or not to publish

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A week ago, this paper broke a story about Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem’s opinions about prayer before government meetings and his views on Muslims. It almost goes without saying, unfortunately, that Mitchem doesn’t exactly have a favorable view of Islam or its adherents —…

Our View — A common opinion for everyone but Jeb Bush

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The notion that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a massive mistake is a commonly held opinion now. A common opinion for pretty much everyone except Jeb Bush. Bush, a darling of the national Republican Party for his establishment positions and unrivaled fundraising capabilities, told Fox News, when asked if…

Reader’s Forum: We can do better — 5-13-15

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  We can do better Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem’s remarks make him the poster boy for why it is necessary to continue to be vigilant to protect separation of church and state. With today’s instant 
communication he has embarrassed us, not only in the county, but also statewide…

Our View — This isn’t Lincoln County

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Board of Commissioners chairman Carrol Mitchem might think he speaks for Lincoln County. He doesn’t. But the reality is that, as our top elected official, he is the public face of Lincoln County government and, therefore, the public face of Lincoln County. That reality makes recent comments Mitchem made to…

Reader’s Forum — 5-11-15

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Reader’s Forum for 5-11-15 Mitchem should resign After reading the article in Friday’s Lincoln Times-News concerning the issue of prayer at the start of Lincoln County commissioners meetings, I find that I am completely ashamed and embarrassed to live in such a wonderful and beautiful county. Why, you ask? Carrol…

Editor’s Note: A strong woman

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Every man owes a huge debt to his mother. And not just for giving birth to him. Even though, as the father of two young boys, I know how hard that process is. We owe our mothers a debt for all of the little things, those…

Reader’s Forum: LCHA does outstanding work — 5-8-15

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LCHA does outstanding work I would like to congratulate Lincoln County on the outstanding work that your Lincoln County Historical Association does to preserve the county’s history. This past weekend, our state Color Guard was invited to provide the presence and flags to support an historical presentation on Daniel Boone…

Many memories of being mothered

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Mother’s Day cards are beautiful. All the roses and butterflies and rhyming verses are some pretty weak stuff for the sentiments that I’d like to send mothers. I am a mother and I know that others like me who have experienced motherhood are the world’s richest…