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The governor tries and fails to put a positive spin on 2015

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ROB SCHOFIELD Guest Columnist Recently, Governor Pat McCrory issued video statement in which he proffered a scattershot array of claims about where the state stands at the start of 2016 and the performance of his administration. As usual, the gist of Governor McCrory’s pitch was that North Carolina is in…

On the state’s $2 billion bond proposal

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It’s instructive to note that when Gov. Pat McCrory kicked off the official campaign Tuesday endorsing the state’s $2 billion bond proposal he was not only joined by the top House Republican but the leading Senate Democrat as well. Indeed, the bipartisan initiative that would mean millions for community colleges,…

OUR VIEW — Firing Emory will help city move forward

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For many years, Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory believed he could conduct himself and the city’s business any way he pleased, without any consequences. No longer. The city council, in a stunning show of resolve unseen in recent memory, fired Emory at Thursday’s meeting. It’s a move that should have…

Reader’s Forum: Planning board made the right decision — 1-8-16

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Planning board made the right decision I thought it was time to write another letter to the editor to let people know why the planning board voted against the Extreme Motorsport project. The board has to think of everyone involved in this project. As I sat in the audience through…

Big questions need right answers

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist What will North Carolina policymakers be working on in 2016 and beyond? If you desire novelty, expect to be disappointed. Public education, health care, and transportation were major issues during the 2015 legislative session. They will continue to be major issues for many years to come.…

A busy start to a busy 2016

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PATRICK GANNON Guest Columnist So much for the holiday break. No sooner did 2015 end that my calendar is getting filled quickly with a slew of government meetings, hearings and press events. By the time you read this, the N.C. State Board of Elections probably will have met to determine…

Executive action won’t fix gun problem

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President Barack Obama says his executive action on gun control is constitutional. Whether that’s true is debatable. But even if it is constitutional, it isn’t the right behavior for the executive of a constitutional republic. Because what Obama realizes all to well is that Congress — the legislative branch that…

Reader’s Forum — 1-6-16

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Reader’s forum for January 6, 2016. Support extreme sports complex I am writing to you in regards to the proposed Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park facility that is currently being considered. As a member of this community and a parent, I am fully supportive of this exciting new sports education and…

Push begins for bond referendum

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist A concerted push has begun in support of the $2 billion bond referendum that voters will consider during the March 15 primary election. During the first week in January, a pro-bond committee will officially launch its campaign to encourage “yes” votes on the bond package during…

OUR VIEW — City should be more aggressive

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Newly elected Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley is right — the city’s leadership will have to be “aggressive” in moving the city forward. For Hatley, according to an interview published on our website on Thursday, that means looking at other, successful municipalities and trying to replicate that success in Lincolnton. It…