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EDITOR’S NOTE: Commissioner criticism of investigation is baseless

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I wouldn’t tell Bill Beam how to write a speeding ticket. I wouldn’t tell Carrol Mitchem how to plow a field. And I wouldn’t tell Martin Oakes how to write software. I wouldn’t tell these men how to do these things because they’ve done them for…

OUR VIEW — Tax to maintain roads should be unnecessary

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Owning a car in Lincolnton may soon get a little bit more expensive. City leaders seem poised to pass a new fee, possibly as high as $30, for registering a vehicle to a home within the city limits. The majority of the Motor Vehicle License Tax “must be used for…

The conservative case for ending cannabis prohibition

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist What if I told you it is impossible to be both a conservative and a prohibitionist? Those who identify as a conservative often cite the same few common tenants: they value Constitutional rights, advocate for limited government and are for lower taxes. To support our current…

Reader’s Forum — 3-23-16

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Commissioner criticism of newspaper was wrong I am outraged that Monday night our elected County Commissioners used the public forum designed for the people’s business to attack a newspaper reporter for writing an in-depth, investigative article that questioned multiple practices at Lincoln County Animal Services. Furthermore, they belittled our local…

Reduce costs, not just prices

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Do you wonder why political adversaries seem so often to talk past each other rather than engage in useful debate? One reason is that, in many cases, they really aren’t talking about the same things. Consider two issues drawing a lot of attention in North Carolina…

EDITOR’S NOTE: We always get the candidates we deserve

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor We’re starting to repeat ourselves. Almost every time I talk with someone about the political scene, particularly on the national level, one of us is bound to start the conversation with “I can’t believe…” “I can’t believe that Donald Trump will actually be the Republican nominee.”…

For GOP, struggle is local, too

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PATRICK GANNON Guest Columnist If your focus recently – and rightfully so – has been on the Donald Trump-led implosion of the Republican Party at the national level, you might want to take a look more locally. A huge power struggle is taking place inside the GOP in North Carolina…

Tracing the cause of discontent to some demagogue

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Have you had enough of presidential candidates flying in and out of North Carolina looking for primary votes? Wouldn’t it be nice if they came to see us after the election, like our first president, George Washington, who visited North Carolina soon after he took office?…

State leaders should heed message in success of Connect NC bonds

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ALEXANDRA FORTER SIROTA Guest Columnist By approving the Connect NC bond, North Carolina voters made a strong statement about their vision for the future. After years of hearing many state politicians belittle the role of public investment in building a strong economy, it wouldn’t have been surprising if a majority…

Big changes coming to Board of Commissioners

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Whatever the outcome is in November, big changes are coming to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. At least two of the three open seats will be occupied by freshmen commissioners, and those new faces could result in a shakeup of power in the board’s leadership. Current chairwoman Cecelia Martin…