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Board should bow to the people, not the people to the board

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Just who in the world, or to be more specific, Lincoln County, does the board of commissioners think it’s fooling? After nearly a month of stonewalling the public, it finally released the minutes and memo from its May 16 meeting. Nothing in the copy of two memorandums this newspaper received…

County Commissioners: Be wise and reconsider

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What kind of a society are we when we won’t take care of the least among us in the name of fiscal responsibility? Judging by the flurry of letters and emails that were sent to this newspaper regarding Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners decision to defund Home Health, the answer…

Review policy on non-profit allocations

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Former Lincoln County Commissioner John Gamble (also a former member of the N.C. House) did a rather lengthy citizen’s investigation into how money from the BFI Corp., which holds the franchise for Lincoln County’s landfill at Lake Norman, made its way to local non-profits in Lincoln County. As Gamble pointed…

Call off the dogs

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The stories about dogs inflicting serious injuries and even killing small children keep coming. As they do, the standard argument that “breed has nothing to do with it” rings hollow. Almost always they are Rottweilers or pit bulls, or some mix of those breeds. Here’s some of the latest attacks,…

Lincoln fortunate to have Gaston College

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Most Lincoln County residents already know Gaston College is the nearest, most accessible school when you’re learning career skills or seeking entry to a four-year college. For many just out of high school who don’t have the financial or academic standing to got to a UNC-Chapel Hill or Appalachian State,…

City takes prudent course on trash pick-up

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The Lincolnton City Council took the prudent course when it discarded a proposal to impose a monthly fee for residential garbage pick-up. That’s not to say City Manager Jeff Emory didn’t have reason to propose the change, given the extensive service provided by the city. Just about anything you throw…

Relay a hallmark event in cancer battle

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This time of year we see remarkable efforts by those dedicated Relay for Life volunteers who raise huge sums of money for cancer research. The East Lincoln Relay for Life initially reported collections of more than $170,000 after completing the event April 2. The Lincolnton Relay will be held May…

If it ain`t broke…

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is considering a change in the way we elect our county representatives. The board Monday voted to consider the idea of district elections for future seats on the board instead of the current at-large method. They may also consider a combination of at-large and…

Tax tobacco, beer, not N.C. newspapers

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Gov. Mike Easley is proposing a lot of new sales taxes, including a 7 percent tax on newspaper circulation, as part of his plan to balance the state budget. As you might expect, we oppose that tax and urge our lawmakers to continue the exemption that has always been there…

Fun fund raisers coming your way

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Keep your eye on the calendar for some important community events coming up during the next two months. These are fun occasions that also raise money for very worthwhile causes. The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors the annual Adult Spelling Bee on March 22 with the Lincoln County Public…