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Newspaper prices going up, but here’s a deal

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Exactly 30 years ago, the Lincoln Times-News announced, “We held the line as long as we could, but with this issue the price of a copy is 20 cents. We have no choice.” Thirty years is a long time. Despite the inflation and increases in the cost of producing and…

Keep party chair out of House seat

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Picking Lincoln County Republican Party Chairman Jason Saine to be the county’s voice in the North Carolina House of Representatives would be a monumental mistake for the party executive committee to make. Saine is the wrong choice for several obvious reasons. The party chair has said he will not seek…

Memories of old Lincolnton High

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Last Tuesday was the first time I’ve stepped foot inside the old Lincolnton High School — now the campus of Gaston College — in more than 40 years. Visiting the campus of my high school alma mater brought back vivid memories of the past at this well-loved building. I parked…

Unemployment security

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We’re not sure whether it was an inadvertent mistake or a Freudian slip, but Friday’s headline error in the Lincoln Times-News, referencing an “Unemployment Security Commission,” appears to have come pretty close to the mark. Jobless North Carolina residents logging on to the N.C. ESC Web site to file for…

Across county lines

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Local news late this week was dominated by stories that makes us take another look at the relationship between Lincoln and Gaston counties. Despite objections from shortsighted Gastonia city officials, the N.C. Department of Transportation listened to other government and business leaders and approved U.S. 321 for double trailer truck…

Ax the flaks

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Legislators looking to cut money from future state budgets could do well to eliminate the gatekeepers who have come to dominate communications from most executive departments in state government in recent years. Whether their jobs are called “media relations,” “public relations” or “spokesperson,” these operatives are used by Raleigh’s stubborn…

City water debt poses threat to entire county

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Lincoln County officials plan to have an engineering study examine whether taxpayers are better off buying water from the city of Lincolnton or investing in additional water facilities for the county to meet surges in demand. County Manager George Wood told county commissioners on Monday that he fully expects continued…

Tune out extreme voices on nation’s debt ceiling

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As Congress and President Obama continue jockeying for position in negotiations over the nation’s debt ceiling, extreme voices on the right and left have heightened pressure on both sides to hold their ground. Tuning out those voices would be the wisest move. For the good of the country, our leaders…

Change the way N.C. picks elections officials

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When the Lincoln County Board of Elections is sworn in on Tuesday, it will be comprised of two Democrats and one Republican. This might seem surprising since Republican registered voters in Lincoln County now significantly outnumber Democrats. In recent county elections, Republicans have carried every contest. But many counties in…

Change the way N.C. picks elections officials

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When the Lincoln County Board of Elections is sworn in on Tuesday, it will be comprised of two Democrats and one Republican. This might seem surprising since Republican registered voters in Lincoln County now significantly outnumber Democrats. In recent county elections, Republicans have carried every contest. But many counties in…