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I need an old-fashioned Fourth

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist This column that I wrote 22 years ago placed first in the annual North Carolina Press Women’s contest. I believe some of our readers will still enjoy calling up old times. I’m yearning for an old-fashioned Fourth of July. I want a dipper full of fresh…

OUR VIEW — Challenging our schools to be better

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Whether virtual charter schools would be a positive innovation for North Carolina schoolchildren remains unknown. Finding out will depend on the courts, which may intervene to let the State Board of Education block online programs — a ruling is expected Friday. If the programs do get…

Reader’s Forum 6-25-12

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  Supporting Curtis in N.C. Senate runoff   I am writing in support of Dr. David Curtis in the July 17 run-off election for the N.C. Senate, and recommend Lincoln County citizens honor him with their vote. As to his opponent, I have no issues or negative concerns with Sen.…

No bread tastes like Mama’s

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Father’s Day is always special at our house. This past weekend we doubled our pleasure with a birthday celebration for our son. His birthday is not for several weeks, but since he’s seldom home when the day comes, I ordered an early birthday cake. His visits…

The rest is history

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor If this country had a different type of government — for instance a dictatorship or a monarchy — having a rising generation of citizens who didn’t know much about their own country’s past wouldn’t be a major problem. It might even keep the peace better. But…

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…