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5 big budget questions

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist The last week brought an optimistic tone to lingering budget negotiations on Jones Street, but plenty of important issues remain undecided as the budget impasse reaches its third month since the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. Legislators now have until Sept. 18…

Eating with the locals near the water

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist How do you find a home cooking restaurant that is both near an interstate highway and on or near the water? It is not easy. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about one of them, Holland’s Shelter Creek Restaurant near I-40 and adjoining a tributary…

Our View — TA’s, driver’s education back on the table

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The state’s upcoming budget is looking more reasonable after Senate concessions related to teacher assistants and driver’s education. The Senate met the House’s demand to fund those programs, according to a story published on Tuesday in the Raleigh News & Observer, as long as the House makes some education cuts…

What I Learned From You: We must stop a nuclear Iran

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PATRICK MCHENRY Guest Columnist This year I again had the pleasure of spending August at home in Western North Carolina meeting with you, my bosses. Over the span of three weeks, I conducted seven town hall meetings throughout the 10th District. Along the way, I joined numerous Chamber lunches, Rotary…

Editor’s Note — A fishing trip

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It finally happened — one of a young father’s most anticipated and proudest moments completed. I took my oldest son fishing for the first time on Saturday. Sure, it took a trip to Wal-Mart for a kid’s closed-face rod (which exploded in my hands the minute I tried to pull…

Reader’s Forum — 8-31-15

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Reader’s forum for August 31, 2015. Response to Monday column The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #85 would like to respond to Michael Gebelein’s editorial in Monday’s paper entitled “The Wrong Verdict” First of all, the mistrial was the result of the judicial process, not a travesty. The…

OUR VIEW — Clinton’s emails really do matter

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Hillary Clinton is coming around to the idea that using a private email server while working at the nation’s secretary of state wasn’t the best idea, after weeks of dismissing the questions of journalists and activists and Republican politicians as being politically motivated and baseless. There may be some truth…

Reader’s Forum — 8-28-15

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Reader’s Forum from August 28, 2015. Priorities? In the Lincoln Times-News recently there was an article about the land that the caboose is on being purchased for $120,000 by the city. Also an article about Christian Ministries having very little food. Is there a question of priorities here? Just saying!…

OUR VIEW — Braylon Beam keeps inspiring

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Braylon Beam continues to inspire. The 6-year-old Lincoln County first-grader, battling eye cancer, is a celebrity because of his warmth, his smile, his sunny disposition and, of course, his sweet dance moves. Beam has been featured on network television and signed a coaching contract with the Carolina Panthers. While battling…

Editor’s Note — The wrong verdict

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A Charlotte jury on Friday failed to convict police officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick of using excessive force when he shot Jonathan Ferrell 10 times and killed him in September 2013. The mistrial is a travesty. Ferrell was unarmed. Two other officers backed up Kerrick. That’s three…