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‘Know your rights’

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“You have the right to free speech, as long as you’re not dumb enough to actually try it.” So went a line from a fine bunch of British punks in their 1982 public service announcement with guitar accompaniment. But this is not our lot. We kicked out the royal government…

Giving away what people paid for

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In 2006, a company called Solutions for Local Government Inc prepared a “Strategic Plan for Fire and Emergency Services” here in Lincoln County. Tom Anderson, then chairman of the Board of Commissioners, asked me to chair a committee to implement the recommendations. Former Commissioner Marie Moore was on that committee…

They got the message

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What a difference a week makes. Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners could have convened Monday, stubbornly determined to ignore the overwhelming message they received last week at a boisterous and explosive public hearing, confident that with no one present this time to offer public comment on any subject, the people’s…

Proud Americans all

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As Lincoln County went, the nation did not go. But the people of Lincoln County, of North Carolina and of every state in the Union turned out in unprecedented numbers to have their voices heard. Despite intense political passions on all sides, we have held a peaceful election. And we…

School bond passage critical

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Tuesday’s primary election ballot is loaded with many important state and local contests and issues but none more critical than the very last item on the ballot: a $44.6 million bond referendum for Lincoln County Schools. The Lincoln Times-News rarely endorses or tells its readers how to vote, but this…

Loose Lips

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We wish Martha W. Lide all the best as she takes over as interim county manager Stan Kiser, who was recently terminated; and this is by no means any reflection upon Ms. Lide, but we believe it must be expressed. Stan Kiser got it right. Word of his impending dismissal…

Challenging CON denial the correct course of action

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We must admit, we are flabbergasted that the Certificate of Need (CON) was denied CMC – Lincoln, and we question the reasons cited by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. For Health and Human Services to dismiss CMC-Lincoln’s population and service projections as inaccurate prompts us to…

It’s time to answer the call

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We have heard it all before in oh, so many versions, such as, “If you’re not a part of the solution, then you’re a part of the problem,” and, “If you don’t vote, then you have no right to complain.” The same can be said for the board and commission…

Independence Day: Do we know or even care anymore?

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Judging from the information provided in today’s guest column directly beneath the editorial cartoon, the answer appears, obviously not. It is a sad commentary that so many of us have not the vaguest idea what is contained in the Declaration of Independence. More disturbing, for so many to think these…

Let us pay homage to both

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Today is the official date of retirement for City of Lincolnton police officer Danny Hallman, who has faithfully served his community as a law enforcement official 36 years: one with the Sheriff’s Office and 35 with the city. In that time, he has witnessed much as he carried out his…