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Ford’s words in 1974 ring just as true today in 2006

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It was a turbulent time in American politics, as those of us who lived it remember. Slightly more than two years after Richard M. Nixon had resoundingly crushed Democratic candidate George McGovern to win a second term of office, the 37th President of the United States was stepping down in…

Please come forward

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Shortly over a year ago, during November 2005, a crime spree was taking place in which acts of first degree burglary, second degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon — as so listed by the Lincolnton Police Department — were possibly perpetrated by Tyrone Javod Rendleman. The overwhelming majority…

Help the Krewe help kids

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Keith Turner may no longer be among us, but without a doubt, he remains in the hearts and souls of many who had the distinct pleasure of rubbing elbows with him and working side by side with him to make Lincoln County’s YMCA the vibrant entity that it is. One…

Take that moment to reflect

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It’s hard not trotting out hoary cliches when it comes to the Fourth of July. After all, what is there to say that hasn’t already been said — and more eloquently — by others down through the decades and centuries? And be honest, who really wants to be admonished about…

Beware bureaucrats at work

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You have to sometimes wonder what it is that makes our legislators in Foggy Bottom (Washington, D.C.) appear short-sighted and uncaring; in certain situations as if they were bullies beating up and feasting upon the frailest among us. Surely that must be what a number of this county’s elderly must…

Yellow journalism is alive and kicking at N.Y. Times

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Just as there are many things right with journalism, so are there things wrong. The recent decision by the N.Y. Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, et al to report on our government’s heretofore secret effort to examine foreign bank transactions terrorists may be engaging in underlies precisely what is wrong…

Learning to respect the flag

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As galling as it is to see, hear or read about Americans burning the flag, the U.S. Senate — by one vote — was correct in defeating an amendment that would have made the act of desecrating the flag a federal crime. The problem is, you cannot force those people…

Make sure lobby reform effort authentic, not window dressing

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It seems that enough voices across the state from both sides of the political spectrum are finally being heard when it comes to demanding substantive lobby reform, a demand being aided in good measure by the scandal and investigations swirling around the office of House Speaker Jim Black. The question…

All who gave of their hearts

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Although the search for Clyde Davis ended on a sad note, with the discovery of his body in the barn, obscured by the bales of hay stored within, we thank the more than 100 people from over five counties who made the effort to find Mr. Davis. All of us…

Thanks for letting us know

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Oftentimes, we wonder whether what runs in the newspaper actually has an impact. Despite clear examples, usually letters to the editor in protest to an article that has run; a phone call; an email; and the occasional personal visit, we often don’t get feedback. However, ever so often, either directly…