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Our View: More oversight, less nonsense

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Lincolnton city manager Jeff Emory told this newspaper, in a story in Friday’s edition, that his self-approved 1 percent cost-of-living raise — a raise he wasn’t eligible for under the terms of his contract — was a simple oversight. If that’s the case, it begs the question what other simple…

Vote-buying allegations prompt state board review

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist The agenda for a recent State Board of Elections meeting sounded like something out of a novel or HBO series or third world country. Could vote-buying really be happening in North Carolina? And by no less than a candidate for sheriff? That was the accusation by…

A brief history of Tar Heel presidential politics

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Patrick Gannon Syndicated columnist An early poll suggests that North Carolina will again be a battleground state in the 2016 presidential race, especially if former First Lady Hillary Clinton ends up as the Democratic nominee. Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling released a poll last week showing Clinton very close among N.C.…

A burial tradition in Hawaii

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Brenda Beard is one of the happiest ladies I have ever met. She is a breast cancer survivor, having had her surgery in August, and she recently finished her radiation therapy. To her, every day is a good day. She never meets a stranger, because she…

Our View — Tragedy in Peshawar

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Many of us awoke Tuesday morning to the horrifying scenes of destruction and death from Peshawar, Pakistan, where Islamist militants from the Pakistani Taliban stormed a school affiliated with the country’s army and slaughtered more than 100 people, including 132 children, and injured many more, according to reports. Even in…

Our View — Way to go, Mustangs

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Hearty congratulations go out to the East Lincoln Mustangs football team, which captured the 2AA state championship title on Saturday in a 14-13 thriller against Washington High. The title is the Mustangs’ second in three years and the second in school history. It’s Lincoln County’s fourth state championship appearance in…

Our View — An insurance solution

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A group of business leaders met at Verdict Ridge Country Club on Thursday to discuss solutions to the rising cost of employer health insurance plans. Some have seen massive spikes in costs in the past two years. The solution is simple, no roundtable meeting needed: vote a Republican into the…

My gifts are many, I keep counting them

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist That grungy old Grinch has flung his germy wares over the neighborhood and left some of us an unwanted gift. There’s much sniffling and coughing going on and many meds haven’t produced a cure. But he can’t douse the spirit and time is closing in, so…

Our View — Committee finds that torture doesn’t work

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The people of the United States have a right to know the full extent of the use of torture as a sanctioned tactic used by the C.I.A. to glean intelligence from terror suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Those attacks were the defining moment of…

OUR VIEW — A fast start to new commission

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If Monday’s Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting was any indication, the newest class of county leadership will be one to keep an eye on. Commissioners shook up their own leadership, electing Carroll Mitchem to the board’s chair and pushing out Alex Patton, selected newly elected commissioner Bill Beam for…