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OUR VIEW — Tweaking budgets is sign of progress

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Lincoln County commissioners have something surprising in common with Charlotte City Council members. Both of them have chosen to treat this year’s budget process as an opportunity to ask tough questions about what’s best for the taxpayers, not simply rubber-stamping their manager’s budget proposal as so many county and municipal…

Our View: Wrong way to raise funds for education

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Gov. Bev Perdue has proposed a way to increase tax revenues to support education in North Carolina without raising the overall tax rates for wage earners and consumers. She would instead increase the tax on video sweepstakes parlors. The latest bad idea from the lame-duck governor…

Our View: A little help from the state that’s not needed

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Tune into late-night television, surf the Internet or leaf through some of the magazines your spouse reads and you’re likely to encounter all manner of advice about dieting and nutrition, not all in agreement with one another. Some of it is good advice. Much of it…

Our View — Recovering jobs won’t be same as in the past

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The “Great Recession,” which began in December 2007, has officially been over since mid-2009. But if you think conditions still seem pretty bad, especially in North Carolina, you aren’t alone. Regardless of whatever the bankers and economists have to say about the definition of a “recession” in hindsight, the lack…

Memory fails until keys dangle

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist My PC was on the blink last week, so I went to the Lincoln Times-News office to type my column. After visiting with all my friends, I finally got around to putting my old-age ideas on a new laptop. I like it. After catching up on…

Our View: Use time to rethink expensive projects

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Lincoln County commissioners quietly decided during their budget retreat a few months ago to put off further action on major renovations to the old hospital and the Citizens Center, which have been proposed in order to create more space for county offices and courts. The issue, nevertheless, drew ample attention…

Reader’s Forum — 05-28-12

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Attendence at VFW event disappointing First, I would like to thank the Lincoln Times-News cameraman for taking time out of his busy schedule to attend the Memorial Day Event and lighting of the candles at the VFW on Sunday May 27 at 7:30 p.m. We appreciate his presence. We were…

This is a tale of growing old

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist When I retire I will travel and read all the library books that I can carry home each week. It will be easy to keep up with the housework after I clean all the closets and kitchen cabinets. I really thought that I would do that,…

Our View — Pay attention to character questions

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The trial of former U.S. Senator John Edwards has been getting plenty of attention across North Carolina in recent weeks, mostly for the wrong reasons. Edwards became involved in an affair with Reille Hunter while he was running for president and his wife was dying with cancer. When Hunter became…

Eurey: Off We Go to the ETO

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This is another in a series recounting stateside flight training during WWII. Our days at Bergstrom Airforce Base in Texas were coming to an end.   We had been there several months for transitional training from the B-25 which, we had flown in Advanced Training, to the C-47, which we would…