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NC sets a good example

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If you think government is too large and wields too much power, then you have plenty of reasons to be dismayed by recent national developments. But if you live in North Carolina, there is some good news mixed in with the bad. Since the onset of…

OUR VIEW — Hatley takes the reins

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Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley, in just a few months since his election in November, has proven himself to be a positive force for the city. Hatley has already voted more times than former mayor John Gilleland did during his entire tenure on the council (the mayor only votes to break…

Powerball a boom for state

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Fueled by a nearly $1 billion Powerball jackpot, Saturday, Jan. 8, set a single-day record for lottery ticket sales in North Carolina – a whopping $23.3 million. Of that, hopeful players in the Tar Heel state spent $17.2 million on Powerball alone. That day shattered the…

Reader’s Forum: DDA chair bids farewell — 1-13-16

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DDA chair bids farewell I will likely step on the toes of each and every one who reads this at some point or another during this letter. We are all entitled to our opinion and this is mine in hopes that I will spur the determination in someone else to…

Reader’s Forum: Start school later — 1-11-16

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Start school later Dear Editor, Im 11 years old and I think education is very important to the country and world. It is a gift to have a education. But school starts way too early. The time that most kids get up is ridiculous. It can affect how well they…

Make a federal case of it

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Lately I’ve been reflecting on North Carolina’s history as, well, the political equivalent of a cantankerous old coot. You know the fellow I mean. Perhaps despite himself, he won’t keep his mouth shut. He won’t go to a reception and just enjoy the festivities. No, he…

The governor tries and fails to put a positive spin on 2015

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ROB SCHOFIELD Guest Columnist Recently, Governor Pat McCrory issued video statement in which he proffered a scattershot array of claims about where the state stands at the start of 2016 and the performance of his administration. As usual, the gist of Governor McCrory’s pitch was that North Carolina is in…

On the state’s $2 billion bond proposal

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It’s instructive to note that when Gov. Pat McCrory kicked off the official campaign Tuesday endorsing the state’s $2 billion bond proposal he was not only joined by the top House Republican but the leading Senate Democrat as well. Indeed, the bipartisan initiative that would mean millions for community colleges,…

OUR VIEW — Firing Emory will help city move forward

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For many years, Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory believed he could conduct himself and the city’s business any way he pleased, without any consequences. No longer. The city council, in a stunning show of resolve unseen in recent memory, fired Emory at Thursday’s meeting. It’s a move that should have…

Reader’s Forum: Planning board made the right decision — 1-8-16

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Planning board made the right decision I thought it was time to write another letter to the editor to let people know why the planning board voted against the Extreme Motorsport project. The board has to think of everyone involved in this project. As I sat in the audience through…