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Still further kudos to extol

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Earlier this week we extended congratulations to a number of people and organizations for the positive accomplishments and contributions they made, so let us continue offering congratulations to a number of people who have done several courageous acts. We specifically refer to those people who announced they are for candidates…

Kudos the order of the day

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Congratulations to the staff and faculty of Pumpkin Center Elementary School for succeeding in being named a Triple “S” Super Safe School by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. It was the only Lincoln County school to win that distinction for this school year. The program’s goal is to…

“Further” studies wanted?

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How many times and in how many ways are we going to have to say that the citizens of Lincoln County and Lincolnton deserve better? How many times and in how many ways are we going to have to say to elected officials, “Do the job you were elected to…

Jimmy Carter once again proves what a goober he is

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Have you even known someone who, as the expression goes, “can’t get out of his own way?” In other words, is his own worst enemy? Former president Jimmy Carter is one such individual. Instead of taking the moral high ground and demonstrating magnanimity (which he so often proclaims he does…

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A newspaper has many responsibilities to the community(ies) it serves that extend far beyond simple reporting news of events that have occurred. Perhaps the most important responsibility it bears is providing its readers what they want and need that they don’t get from other sources (such as radio, television, magazines,…

One fact might have been wrong, but not our opinion

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We received a phone message left over the weekend informing us that Cindy Sheehan was not the guest of Florida representative C.W. “Bill” Young and his wife, Beverly Young. Sheehan, we were informed, had been invited to attend the president’s State of the Union address by a California representative. The…

Quit making excuses and alibis; do what you were elected to do

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It is inconceivable that after all these years, the County Commissioners still have not developed policies and procedures that will make sure the majority of people who haul debris to the landfill are citizens of Lincoln County. We are not sold on the flimsy excuse that there’s no easy way…

It’s not your wife who’s due apology, Rep. Young

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While we’re on the issue of taking responsibility, we have to shake our heads in stunned disbelief, not knowing whether to laugh or sigh. So Cindy Sheehan, who has made clear her stand against the war in Iraq, was arrested and prevented from attending President Bush’s State of the Union…

Good bye, Mrs. King. Long may you inspire us

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With the passing of Coretta Scott King, another chapter in the glorious history of the civil rights movement — which is also a chapter in the glorious history of the United States and human rights around the world — has come to a close. Sadly, no amount of words of…

It’s time we cleared the air;gas tax stinks to high heaven

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It would appear that we no longer have representatives in the North Carolina legislature, just people with a decidely unpleasant air about them. Obviously, it wasn’t enough for them to spray an indelicate odor over all North Carolinians with the devious, underhanded way they finally enacted a lottery, and the…