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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…

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…

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…

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…

Thank you, Betty Gamble

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If we were to be approached and asked, what have we done today for our fellow man, how many of us could respond in the positive? It surely isn’t a question that St. Peter at the Pearly Gates will be asking Betty Gamble, who ascended to her heavenly reward Monday,…

GO WOLVES!

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Tomorrow it all comes down to this: Will Lincolnton High School emerge victorious in the battle for the state 2-A title against Clinton? The answer to that question is an obviously resounding “Yes!” GO WOLVES! It truly is a sight to behold, seeing all the signs congratulating and urging the…

Presence may be gone, but their impact remains

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In recent weeks, three beacons of light were extinguished, and while we Americans must now forever live in a world dimmed by their absence, we can still bask in the glow their presence on earth made making this nation and the world a brighter, better place. Two of them strutted…

Wal-Mart vote no surprise

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Well, the county commissioners voted Monday to approve Wal-Mart’s request to build a supercenter at the junction of N.C. 16 and 73. But in all honesty, the vote was anti-climactic, to say the least. In the minds of many, both pro and con, it seemed a foregone conclusion. This is…