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OUR VIEW — Covering their behinds

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The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #85’s leadership is backpedaling after it came to light that the organization hired a blackface comedian to perform at an upcoming event. The Lodge claims none of its members knew comedian Willie P. Richardson performed in blackface when they hired him for…

Our View: Better toe the line

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Look out, Board of Education members — if you have the audacity to disagree with your colleagues, and then have the gall to share that opinion with this newspaper and its readers, you can expect a public tongue lashing during an official meeting. That’s precisely what happened to Clayton Mullis…

Editor’s Note — Leave no man behind

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What’s the life of an American soldier worth? That’s the question that’s begging to be answered in the wake of the prisoner exchange that led to the release over the weekend of five members of the Taliban from the Guantanamo Bay prison, in exchange for captive Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.…

Garden lovers still plant for good eating

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It’s garden-making time and planting and sowing are the talk of the garden lovers around here. Almost everywhere you go you can see those small plots where grass isn’t allowed to grow because soon it will be where supper is gathered. Now the plants get special…

Reader’s Forum

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Thanks from United Way On behalf of the United Way of Lincoln County, its Board of Directors, the 14 partner agencies we help to support and the individuals in Lincoln County that they serve, I say a heartfelt “thank you to our community” and “way to go!” Some highlights of…

Editor’s Note Our man in D.C.

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Just the name of the place is enough to make most people cringe — Washington. It symbolizes inaction and corruption and scandal to many Americans, and probably brings up worse, unprintable terms overseas. The city is synonymous with government — big government — and in that…

Memorial Day weekend a busy time

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was a very busy week at our house and I loved every minute of it. The family all came at one time or another. Now it’s quiet, as they have all gone home. The family princess celebrated her second birthday in an old-fashioned way, with…

Reader’s Forum

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County fee against city for 911, animal control makes sense The double taxation increase that Tom Hawk wrote about may need some clarification. Sure, it is a mutual agreement between the city and the county, but I don’t believe there is any state law that relates to this matter. It…

OUR VIEW — There are better options than insurance cuts

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Lincolnton’s City Council heard during a budget work session that cuts might have to be made to public employees’ spousal insurance plans to save around $250,000 for the city coffers. City Manager Jeff Emory told council members that the city has faced a 25-percent increase in the cost of premiums,…

EDITOR’S NOTE — Hands off the recorder

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Journalists like tape recorders. If you touch them, or try to take them away from us, we can’t be responsible for what happens next. That’s why I’m not buying the sorry excuses being offered up by state Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, who on Tuesday told everyone…