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Thoughts from a registered voter

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DON BALLARD Guest Columnist I am a registered voter with one of our national parties. I vote in all elections and take great pride in being patriotic. I listen to the discussions of both candidates. I watched both conventions and now the debates. I listened to the spokespersons building up…

Reader’s Forum — 10-22-12

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Judge protects kids; deserves re-election I am writing in support of Meredith Shuford, 27B Judicial District Court Judge, to be re-elected. She has held this position since 2007. Her responsibilities include overseeing family, juvenile, domestic violence and criminal cases. She has worked for the citizens of Lincoln and Cleveland counties…

Country cooking pleases picky eaters

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Cool weather is welcomed along with the beauty of autumn that cannot be found any other time of the year. Did I write this line before? It’s no secret that it’s my favorite time of the year. When trees begin dropping their best fall foliage it’s…

Voting early gives up right to change mind

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor If you ask most candidates about early voting, which began in North Carolina on Thursday, those who believe they have your support they will strongly advise you to take advantage of early voting as soon as possible. However, you might want to stop and think first.…

Readers Forum 10-17-12

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  Look at both sides of the ballot; don’t forget the recent past As we all go out to vote, please remember to vote for school board, on the BACK of the ballot. Also, remember Dr. Martin? Our ex-superintendent who got glowing reviews all 3 years, yet couldn’t get the…

Reader’s Forum — 10-15-12

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Someone is tearing down campaign signs As an American I have the right to support the candidate of my choice. I can’t imagine going into people’s yards to steal, tear up or just pull up their signs. I have picked up my signs supporting my candidate for president, Mitt Romney,…

Friends welcome gifted young singer

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist A Sunday evening concert by one of our own is an event worth talking about. The very talented young Markus Beam may have sung his way across Europe but Sunday he was at home with family and friends. And they let him know it by the…

Our View — Taking our job very seriously

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Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom … of the press …. Excerpting these words from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not intended to diminish the importance of its other provisions, but to highlight the value our Founders placed on the unique and vital role…

Keep wondering in your spare time

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KATHRYN YARBRO I am getting some calls and many comments about my columns. I am pleased that many people are reading my work. I know why my columns are so popular. It’s not that I am writing great involved novels of peace and war; it’s that my fans can relate…

Reader’s Forum — 10-3-12

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Thanks for Apple Festival teamwork According to Knute Rockne, legendary football coach at Notre Dame, “ the secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my 11 best, but my best 11.” Teamwork highlighted in this quote took on special…