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Faded green thumbs remember better times

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist The dogwoods are in full bloom and as usual I think it’s the best time of the year. Of course the weather also makes it good. It’s almost as if we are eager for spring and when it arrives we can’t stop talking about it. But…

Reader’s Forum 4-18-14

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  Earth Day celebration a success Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 as a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural resources. The Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and the Lincoln Natural Resources Committee sponsored an Earth Day Celebration at Emmanuel Lutheran…

Editor’s Note — A well-deserved Pulitzer

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The American people should thank the Washington Post, The Guardian and Edward Snowden. It was announced on Monday that the two newspapers won a public service Pulitzer for their reporting on the NSA programs that were exposed when Snowden leaked classified documents related to the American government’s wholesale surveillance of…

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  Support for Burgin   The citizens of Lincoln County need to be made aware regarding the Clerk of Court office. This is from my personal experience under the current leadership. The phone should be answered. Voicemails should not state, “Try your call later” and “Do not leave a message…

Editor’s Note — The best of the best

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I think most journalists get into this business knowing that they may find themselves in dangerous situations at some point in their careers. Part of a journalist’s job is to shed light on wrongdoing and expose hypocrisy in high places, to evaluate situations and present them…

Curtis endorses Tillis for U.S. Senate

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Sen. David Curtis Guest Columnist Fellow North Carolina Conservatives: I recently announced that I am supporting House Speaker Thom Tillis for the United States Senate. I want to share with you how I arrived at this decision. I was raised in a Southern Baptist Church and am a deacon and…

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  Support for Hatley Clerk of Superior Court in Lincoln County is a tough job. Many details must be learned to do this work. Years ago, when Fred Hatley first ran for this office, he had no experience in the position. Nevertheless, I wrote a letter to the Times-News asking…

Beauty spreads across Lincoln County

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  KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist   I love the beauty that Mother Nature has spread across Lincoln County. I keep going from window to window to catch another glimpse of the flowering dogwoods around the house. Open the doors and the brilliant azalea colors shine beneath the trees, lending another…

Editor’s Note — We need to know who owns our politicians

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday that erased some of the limits on individual campaign spending won’t produce freer or fairer elections in this country and certainly won’t increase our dismal turnout. The previous law limited individual contributions to political committees and federal candidates to an…

Don’t mash the stink bugs, they smell bad

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Do you know what a stink bug is? Do you have any? I heard a friend say that they were such a pest at her house. She had them everywhere. I found several inside recently. Their name suits them well as they smell pretty bad if…