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Responsibility is missing in mass shootings

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Each time there’s a mass shooting in this country, politicians and pundits draw the same tired ideological lines and offer the same tired solutions. Conservatives believe that murderers expressly target areas where guns are banned, like schools and movie theaters, because there’s less of a likelihood that someone else with…

Best arguments for and against joint primaries

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist The General Assembly decided to hold both the presidential primary and the traditional statewide primary elections on March 15, 2016. A bill to do that sits on Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk as of this writing. On the same ballots in March, unless something changes, voters will…

Party disunity can be fatal

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Party disunity can be fatal for political campaigns in competitive races. Just ask former governor Rufus Edmisten. Sorry, make that former gubernatorial candidate Rufus Edmisten. After serving 10 years as North Carolina’s attorney general, he won the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor in 1984. His opponent…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Strong paper, strong community

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Fifty years is a long time for any company to be in business but, for my money, it’s an especially significant feat for a community newspaper in today’s changing media landscape. The first edition of the Lincoln Times-News was published 50 years ago, on Oct. 1, 1965, and it’s with…

OUR VIEW — Re-dedication of a newspaper

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Editor’s Note: The editorial below published on the front page of the first edition of the Lincoln Times-News on Friday, Oct. 1, 1965. It is reprinted here in full. The news columns of today’s issue of the new Lincoln Times-News tell the story. The Lincoln Times has purchased the Lincoln…

Reader’s Forum — Celebrating Industry Appreciation Month

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Celebrating Industry Appreciation Month Over the next decade, it is estimated that nearly 3.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs will be needed, yet surprisingly two million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled due to manufacturers’ inability to find talent with the required skills. This is true for many companies…

Reader’s Forum: Give the airport to the county — 9-30-15

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Give the airport to the county I cannot understand why the Lincolnton City Council remains committed to the airport, as was reported in the Sept. 23 Lincoln Times-News article. As pointed out in the article, the city pays ongoing operational costs of $60,000 per year, but it didn’t mention that…

The state’s stance on solar energy and jobs

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Politicians in North Carolina, as do politicians everywhere, talk about the importance of creating and retaining jobs. Evidently a majority of North Carolina legislators don’t mean it when those jobs are in renewable energy. North Carolina provides 35 percent in tax credits up to a $2.5 million cap for major…

Time to listen to the Pope on death penalty

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist When Pope Francis addressed Congress last week, one of the loudest and longest rounds of applause came after he said the Golden Rule reminds us of the responsibility to protect and defend human life at the early stage of development. But the pope then said he…

Holding bureaucrats accountable for failures

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RICHARD BURR Guest Columnist This week, when I testify along with retired Marine Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) response to the Camp Lejeune (NC) water contamination, I will once again tell the American people of the hardships these veterans and their families have suffered,…