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Wal-Mart the new communism?

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Let us first say that this newspaper is not a huge fan of much that gets broadcast on public television. We agree with many critics that it skews way far to the left on many issues on a number of its programs. However, every so often, a program airs that,…

Be careful, it’s summer out there

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Although the calendar doesn’t yet confirm it, for all intents and purposes, it’s summer. With it comes a slower pace, a more relaxed, casual atmosphere and attitude. Picnics; amusement parks; endless hours and endless games of baseball, softball, tennis and golf; vacations at the beach or mountains or far-away locales…

Give back the money to the citizens of Lincoln County

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So, based upon the recommendation of a resident-appointed committee, the board of commissioners has voted itself a raise — with the stipulation that no one currently on the board receives this raise, unless they win re-election. How convenient. Also, what unmitigated gall. Let’s face it, politics being what it is,…

Long may she wave

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Tomorrow, June 14, is Flag Day. A minor holiday to be sure, one which most people probably aren’t aware exists or little care. However, Flag Day is a wonderful time for us to pause, reflect and thank all of those in uniform who serve and protect us; not just those…

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…