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Editor’s Note: No showdown

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Well that was easy, wasn’t it? The House of Representatives made the right move on Tuesday by voting to increase the nation’s debt limit and avoiding a showdown with the Senate that would surely generate negative reviews for Republicans and end in an eventual, inevitable Democrat victory. A motion to…

Reader’s Forum 2-14-14

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Organ donation saves lives While most readers know Feb. 14 as Valentine’s Day, this day is also National Donor Day, an observance very close to my heart. National Donor Day is a time to reflect on the incredible gifts of life we can all give to each other, including through…

Reader’s Forum

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Reader explains opposition to sidewalk alcohol sales ordinance revision The Jan. 29 Letter To The Editor, from Ms. Deborah Beck, might be viewed as the result of substituting unrelated examples and hyperbole for truth and logic. First point, the citizen’s objection to sidewalk sales and consumption of alcohol has nothing…

Our View — Props to CIS

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Sometimes students need a little extra help, a little extra motivation. Communities in Schools of Lincoln County is here to provide that service through a number of initiatives, including an elective class at each of the county’s middle schools and three of the four county high schools focused on providing…

Editor’s Note: The misguided SOTU

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I didn’t watch the State of the Union address. I probably shouldn’t admit that, but I have a good excuse. I was hard at work putting Wednesday’s paper together and, from what I read in several newspapers and from the text of President Barack Obama’s speech,…

Reader’s Forum — 2-3-14

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Reading tests aren’t good for students This is in response to the state requiring third graders to take 36 proficiency tests for the remainder of the school year. This would be about two tests per week. The children are going to be so tired of taking tests and will probably…

Reader’s Forum — 1/29/14

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Changing sidewalk alcohol ordinance not the end of the world Did I miss something? Did we go back in time to Prohibition? Do we automatically assume that anyone drinking alcohol is a depraved person who will corrupt our youth? Sounds pretty antiquated and cynical to me. Lincolnton is a lovely…

EDITOR’S NOTE — Concealed carry permit publishing debate misses the mark

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Gun rights advocates are angry, again. The reason? Davidson-based Civitas Media was considering building a database that listed concealed carry permit holders nationwide, according to an internal memo leaked to the Buckeye Firearms Association which was published on Friday. Civitas Media CEO Michael C. Bush said…

Reader’s Forum — 01-27-14

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What’s the fascination with drinking booze on our city sidewalks? Under ABC laws, “private clubs” qualify for ABC permits, but municipalities have been reluctant to extend “sidewalk drinking” (alcoholic beverages) due to their being considered “bars” and ” taverns.” Last year, I voiced my opposition to a revised ordinance to…

Reader’s Forum — 1-24-14

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Sidewalk Alcohol Sales In Lincolnton Last spring, the Lincolnton City Council approved a revision to city ordinances, affecting the downtown business district. The revision reduced the distance between certain businesses and nearby churches, public or private schools, child day care, etc., reducing the distance from 300 feet to 50 feet.…