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Reader’s Forum — 12-14-15

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Mitchem will have support Dear Mr. Doug Broome from Iron Station: You say you are going to send Carrol Mitchem packing back to Highway 27 after the County Commission election? Don’t pack your bags just yet. A lot of people in Western Lincoln County love and respect Carroll Mitchem. We…

‘Isolationist’ is a compliment coming from Marco Rubio

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist After claiming a special expertise in foreign policy, GOP presidential wannabe Marco Rubio finds himself under fire because of his neoconservative tendencies. He’s responded in the usual way for someone whose policies would keep America perpetually at war: accuse his critics of being “isolationists.” Trying to…

Campaign season starts to heat up

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The next three months are pretty much guaranteed to be interesting for politics buffs in Lincoln County. Eight people — six Republicans and two Democrats — have entered the race for the county’s board of commissioners. Each party will send three candidates to the general election in November, so the…

McHenry: Vital reforms to improve our roads

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PATRICK MCHENRY Guest Columnist Every day, residents throughout our area are reliant upon our nation’s interstate system. There is the Kings Mountain resident jumping on Interstate 85 to head to work in Charlotte each morning or the Hickory family headed up to Asheville for a weekend camping trip using Interstate…

Martin was a good choice

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The chairperson of the county’s board of commissioners is responsible for more than just handling procedural aspects of the board’s monthly meeting. That person is, for all intents and purposes, the public face of county government and, in times of crisis, Lincoln County as a whole. That’s why Lincoln County…

Keep an open mind on extreme sports park

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My wife and I have been Lincoln County residents for close to 30 years. We like the relaxed country atmosphere. We also enjoy eating out at nice bar and grill type places. This of course means we have to take our money out of Lincoln County. We go to Belmont,…

Minor squabble or civil war among House Republicans?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Remember that time back in 2011 when House Republicans accidentally left the microphones on in a committee room for their closed-door caucus meeting, and their words were broadcast in the Legislative Building’s press room? For those of us lucky enough to be in the press room,…

Climate Change: A heated debate

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Debate. It’s the hallmark of an open society. We may hold different points of view on a certain topic, but we can express those views freely, without fear of repercussions. Unless, that is, you dare to question the idea of manmade global warming. That, apparently, puts…

Budget news is too good

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist A year ago, the sky was falling in North Carolina — fiscally speaking, I mean. During the latter part of 2014, liberal editorialists and Democratic operatives repeatedly predicted that the state budget would experience revenue shortfalls by the end of the fiscal year in June 2015.…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Two wrongs don’t make either right

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Two extremes were on prominent display this week. On the one side was President Barack Obama’s typically weak, half-hearted speech about the terror attacks in San Bernardino. On the other was Republican front-runner Donald Trump and his plan “calling for a ‘total and complete shutdown’ of Muslims entering the U.S.,…