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Editor’s Note: A hectic year, and looking forward to the next one

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I started 2013 as the sports editor here at the Lincoln Times-News, enjoying my station and the fact that a big part of my job was going out and watching games on a daily basis. That lasted all of about three months. I received a phone…

Reader’s Forum — 12-30-13

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Reports shed light on threats to wildlife I love this time of year. Cold, crisp days remind me of the days I spent with my dad and our beagles chasing rabbits. Now it means it’s time to share a blind with a wet retriever or float a river when no…

Editor’s Note: Needless NSA spying needs to stop

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A federal judge ruled on Dec. 16 that the National Security Agency’s collection of the cell phone metadata of millions of Americans might be a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons,…

Reader’s Forum — 12-20-13

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Hats off to Cat Square I came to see a parade Saturday in pouring rain and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved it. I enjoyed all the participants but especially the Santa float and the Mayor. Zakie loves Cat Square and Cat Square showed its love for Zakie. I thank you…

Our View: Solar farm debate is over, let’s move on

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Michael Gebelein Managing Editor The controversy surrounding Strata Solar’s rezoning request to build a 36-acre solar farm on the county’s eastern end is resolved, at least officially. Commissioners voted 3-1 against approving the company’s proposal to rezone a parcel of land just outside the SailView residential community on Lake Norman…

Reader’s Forum — 12-18-13

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Support for WLHS principal on Gay-Straight Alliance Kudos to West Lincoln High School Principal Dr. Cale Sain for promoting understanding and acceptance of people’s differences, and for encouraging students to work together in spite of their differences. With all the headlines these days about bullying in schools, it is refreshing…

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Thanks for help during Christmas parade  The leaders and children from Southside Baptist Church would like to thank everyone that assisted us when our van would not start at the Christmas Parade on Sunday. So many people came quickly to assist us. The children as well as the adults that…

Editor’s Note — A hard road to travel for commissioners

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I wouldn’t want to be a Lincoln County commissioner right now. The board will eventually have to vote whether to approve a very contentious 36-acre solar-panel farm on Webbs Road in Denver that has pitted supporters of the farm against residents of SailView, an upscale neighborhood…

Our View: Buying votes

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When a President sees his poll numbers slipping and his policies become so unpopular that they place members of his party in danger in other elections, he starts buying votes. That’s what President Obama was doing on Wednesday when he voiced his support for raising the minimum wage — he…

Editor’s View — Is this what we’ve become?

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  The headlines after Black Friday are always the same, year after year — record crowds, a few instances of random violence and a strong start to the holiday shopping season. I get it: retailers want to get a jump on Christmas sales, and they know most people don’t have…