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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…

Tobacco-free schools vote should’ve been unanimous

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In light of all the evidence about the harmful effects of tobacco, especially cigarette smoking, we are hard-pressed to understand the reasoning behind the votes of board of education members Joan Avery and Tommy Houser. They voted against implementing the policy that was adopted 4 – 2, to make Lincoln…

Is the word `accountability` even in Duke`s vernacular?

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You would have thought that by now, Duke University president Richard H. Brodhead and the rest of the university’s top administrators would have learned from their mistakes following their actions in the Duke lacrosse rape debacle. Obviously not, which is why it isn’t any wonder a new and more virulent…

Never stop learning

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Saturday is going to be a momentous day for the Class of 2007 students of Lincoln County’s four high schools. It goes without saying this will be a day fraught with emotions, at time exhilarating as well as filled with tears. For a number of students, even those who make…

Hello, good bye

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For we aging baby boomers, it’s easy to understand why the Beatles’ song, “Hello, Goodbye” comes readily to mind, especially the refrain that also makes up the title. So here’s our variation: Hello, Dr. David Martin. Good bye, Dr. Jim Watson. And thank you to the Lincoln County Schools members…