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Editor’s Note — Let’s back up

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The United States has been at war for most of my life. And make no mistake — despite what President Barack Obama says about not sending troops to Iraq to combat the swift rise of extremist Muslim militants there, we’ll be back at war in the Middle East before we…

Reader’s Forum — 6-20-14

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Our heartfelt thanks The family of Pat Keener Garris, who has had a battle with cancer for a little over a year, wants to express sincere gratitude to family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers, for prayers, cards, food, flowers and visits. I believe a part of us dies as we…

Keep the spiders away while we celebrate

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist The week was a good one even though a giant, saucer-size Wolf spider was found in my carport. I dislike spiders and this was the biggest one I have ever seen. I keep wondering, where did it come from? How long has it been here? Did…

Reader’s Forum — 6-18-14

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Don’t move county offices out of downtown I would like to bring to the attention of our people the mistake of putting $17 million into the old hospital building and moving the county offices out of downtown. Look what has occurred in the towns that have done this, and then…

Reader’s Forum — 6-16-14

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Remembering Mary Lou Seagle Cline Mary Lou Seagle Cline was a kind, humble and caring Christian lady who lived on the Seagle family farm in Vale, and was a lifelong member of Daniels Lutheran Church. She passed away last August at age 95. She had been married to Ira Cline,…

Thoughts on Father’s Day

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor My understanding of my father broadened when I became a father myself. It was like a light turning on. Things started making sense. The boundaries and rules I couldn’t begin to understand as a child became perfectly logical. The time he spent with me, teaching me…

Much learning ahead for students today

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist It was a good evening to celebrate a birthday. The honoree was seven years old and she was really enjoying her day. She seemed to be having a good time, but there wasn’t time to talk to the old folks who showed up for supper. There…

OUR VIEW — Covering their behinds

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The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #85’s leadership is backpedaling after it came to light that the organization hired a blackface comedian to perform at an upcoming event. The Lodge claims none of its members knew comedian Willie P. Richardson performed in blackface when they hired him for…

Our View: Better toe the line

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Look out, Board of Education members — if you have the audacity to disagree with your colleagues, and then have the gall to share that opinion with this newspaper and its readers, you can expect a public tongue lashing during an official meeting. That’s precisely what happened to Clayton Mullis…

Editor’s Note — Leave no man behind

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What’s the life of an American soldier worth? That’s the question that’s begging to be answered in the wake of the prisoner exchange that led to the release over the weekend of five members of the Taliban from the Guantanamo Bay prison, in exchange for captive Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.…