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OUR VIEW — A fast start to new commission

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If Monday’s Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting was any indication, the newest class of county leadership will be one to keep an eye on. Commissioners shook up their own leadership, electing Carroll Mitchem to the board’s chair and pushing out Alex Patton, selected newly elected commissioner Bill Beam for…

Reader’s Forum — 12-3-14

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Don’t transfer taxpayer dollars Upon reading the Nov. 6 City Council meeting agenda item involving our Downtown Development Association chair (a volunteer) scheduled to speak, requesting the transfer of unexpended taxpayer funds from the Business and Community Development Department to a non-profit agency, I contacted City Hall, beseeching them to…

Editor’s Note — End of an era at LHS

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It’s the end of an era at Lincolnton High School. When I took the job as sports writer with the Lincoln Times-News in May of 2011, one of the first calls I made was to Lincolnton head football coach and athletic director Scott Cloninger. I met him and several of…

Editor’s Note — Lots to be thankful for

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I woke up on Thanksgiving morning and both my 3-year-old and 3-month-old sons were asleep in the bed with my wife and I. There was a good, cold wind blowing outside and I slipped out of bed to take my dog out for her morning run. When we got back…

Reader’s Forum

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Issue with D.O.T. In 2010 I signed a right-of-way agreement with D.O.T. and was given a project map of the work that was to take place on my property on Highway 27 East. When the installation was completed, D.O.T. did not honor its part of the agreement. My first call…

Thanks for giving us such a wonderful life

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Colunist We live in such wonderful times. Just imagine how much work today it would take to chase a turkey, wring its neck and hunt the hatchet, all before chopping wood and getting the stove heated. And that would be just the beginning of your Thanksgiving dinner.…

Our View — Congress should pass immigration action of its own

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President Barack Obama’s recent executive action that decreed that the U.S. would limit the deportation of undocumented immigrants will cause more harm to the issue, overall, than it will help. The new Republican-majority Congress would do well to propose substantive, sweeping legislation of its own to make meaningful inroads toward…

Some things get better with time

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Sometimes it’s not a good idea to be in a hurry to do things because time will take care of it. Take the dirty shower doors that I couldn’t find time to scrub. Well, last week they refused to slide, and now I have shiny new…

Our View — Stupid voters?

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A Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist has found himself on the receiving end of the sort of righteous indignation usually reserved by the media and members of Congress for people like Vladimir Putin after remarks came to light where he referred to the “stupidity of the American voter” regarding the…

Reader’s Forum — 11-19-14

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Thanks for saving animals This is to thank the Lincoln County community, all the volunteers, the rescue groups, no-kill group HATS, fosters, shelter workers and management and inmates for the outstanding response to the over-capacity situation at the shelter. Because of all of the above, a tremendous amount of animals…