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There’s more to a city than what you see on TV

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I went to Baltimore this past weekend and saw a baseball game, 13 horse races and the neighborhood I grew up in, and ate some food better by far than pretty much anything that can be found in North Carolina, including a massive pile of crustaceans.…

Reader’s Forum: Eyes on Lincoln County — 5-22-15

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Eyes on Lincoln County It seems a not-so-flattering spotlight has been shone on our community recently, one that does not necessarily reflect the majority of the county. Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem’s stance on several issues as of late has been questionable at best. However, his recent comments on…

Old academy offers history lessons

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was a very interesting evening. There was a history lesson going on inside the oldest building in Lincoln County. Pleasant Retreat Academy was chartered by the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1813. It was dedicated as the Confederate Memorial Hall in 1908. The building…

OUR VIEW — Student’s story inspires

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There are stories we publish that truly inspire. Alma Huselja’s story is one of those. Huselja, who staff writer Phil Perry profiled in Monday’s edition, came from humble beginnings. Her mother and father and brother fled the Bosnian War in the early 1990s while her mother was pregnant with her.…

A Lincoln County Muslim’s response to Carrol Mitchem

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DUSTON BARTO Guest Columnist I have lived in Lincoln County for most of my 40 years. I went to Lincolnton Junior High before it was converted to a campus of Gaston College, and I graduated from Lincolnton High School. I was even born in Gordon Crowell Memorial Hospital just a…

Reader’s Forum: Mitchem — 5-18-15

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Response to Mitchem’s comments Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem’s recent statements concerning prayer shows both ignorance and a lack of respect for others. I am appalled as a citizen of Lincoln County. Mitchem should immediately resign from his position. He has misrepresented our citizens and embarrassed our county by…

EDITOR’S NOTE: To publish, or not to publish

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A week ago, this paper broke a story about Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem’s opinions about prayer before government meetings and his views on Muslims. It almost goes without saying, unfortunately, that Mitchem doesn’t exactly have a favorable view of Islam or its adherents —…

Our View — A common opinion for everyone but Jeb Bush

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The notion that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a massive mistake is a commonly held opinion now. A common opinion for pretty much everyone except Jeb Bush. Bush, a darling of the national Republican Party for his establishment positions and unrivaled fundraising capabilities, told Fox News, when asked if…

Reader’s Forum: We can do better — 5-13-15

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  We can do better Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem’s remarks make him the poster boy for why it is necessary to continue to be vigilant to protect separation of church and state. With today’s instant 
communication he has embarrassed us, not only in the county, but also statewide…

Our View — This isn’t Lincoln County

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Board of Commissioners chairman Carrol Mitchem might think he speaks for Lincoln County. He doesn’t. But the reality is that, as our top elected official, he is the public face of Lincoln County government and, therefore, the public face of Lincoln County. That reality makes recent comments Mitchem made to…