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An embarrassing new low in political discourse

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist When I was in grade school, my school’s soccer team didn’t lose many games. Our coach routinely would tell us not to “play down” to the competition, as that would put us in a position to lose. “Play your own game,” he would say. Unfortunately, I…

OUR VIEW — Apple doesn’t care about your privacy

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We shouldn’t pretend, for one minute, that Apple actually cares about the privacy of those of us walking around with iPhones in our pockets. Apple is a huge business. Apple cares about profits. And the bigwigs at Apple have decided that, at least for the moment, defying the federal government…

Reader’s Forum: Support for Connect NC Bond — 3-2-16

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Support for Connect NC Bond What if you could improve the quality of your life without having to pay for it? That is the opportunity being presented to North Carolinians through the Connect NC Bond. As the state economy rebounds from the recession, North Carolina has gained the capacity to…

Five priorities for the short session

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist As I write this, only 56 days remain until the 2016 legislative session begins on April 25. Gulp. By then, the state House and Senate primaries will be in the rear view mirror, and legislators with general election opponents will be busy campaigning. So you’d expect…

The politics of Gitmo

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A. TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist Arguing that “It’s been clear that the detention center at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security,” and that “It undermines our standing in the world,” President Obama has at last presented a plan to close Gitmo. The plan Obama outlined last week was…

EDITOR’S NOTE — Freedom of the press can’t be eroded

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I’ve been threatened with lawsuits more times than I can remember, and I’ve only been an editor for three years. It’s just part of the game — write something about someone that they don’t like and they’re either going to take it, or threaten to sue.…

Reader’s Forum — 2-29-16

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Reader’s forum for February 29, 2016. Slow down the growth Maybe it’s time the voters in Lincoln County took a look at what is going on in their county. Our schools are already overcrowded and our roads are as well. So why are our county leaders approving more and more…

Invest in Gaston and Lincoln’s future on March 15 by voting “Yes” for the Connect NC Bond

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PHILIP L. DUBOIS PATRICIA A. SKINNER Guest Columnists North Carolina voters will soon go to the polls for the March 15 primary election. Although the top of the ticket has many important races, we want to make sure all voters consider an issue that is critical to Gaston and Lincoln…

New districts better, but could be better

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnists Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, a Wake County Republican, made the point during debate over the newly drawn congressional districts that they are “prettier” than the ones previously adopted by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2011. He’s right. (And it’s not just because the colors used to…

Scoreboard

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Scoreboard Saturday’s Western Regional Scores Boys: 1A Lincoln Charter 82, Hayesville 53 Cherokee 82, North Stanly 76 Avery County 64, Mount Airy 57 W-S Prep 74, Queen’s Grant 53 2A East Lincoln 64, Lincolnton 61 Shelby 67, North Surry 51 LN Charter 79, Smoky Mtn. 72 Forest Hills 66, R-S…