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Now we can talk about important things

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist The election is over. Now we can talk about all those tacky, glittery, gold poinsettia leaves that we don’t want to decorate with. A local garden center had loud Santa Claus music playing weeks ago, when all I wanted was a green plant for the porch.…

Our View: Getting back

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Manufacturing jobs are our future. In a consumer-driven economy, the only way the United States will continue to grow and thrive is if we make things here at home. Purchasing goods that are manufactured overseas, even from companies that have corporate headquarters in the U.S., does next to nothing to…

It’s Halloween and many turkeys around

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist What will we talk about after Election Day? Will we still be discussing the enormous amount of money that was spent to elect a U.S. Senator? Or will we be wondering what the one elected will accomplish? I missed the chance to add $5 to the…

Our View: Give Sigmon a second look

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The Lincoln County Board of Education’s decision to now, after all these years, start scrutinizing a school’s pick for an athletic director appointment deserves scrutiny of its own. To call the decision, by three members of the board, to vote against the appointment of Lincolnton coach Cole Sigmon to the…

Reader’s Forum — 10-29-14

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Support for Miller for DA As a participant in the court system of Lincoln County, I can vouch for Mike Miller, candidate for the District Attorney’s race. I have worked with Mike for a number of years and know his conservative moral and political stand on the issues facing the…

Our View — Senate race simple enough

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Turn on a television set to any North Carolina station and it’s obvious that the Senate race between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis is very, very important to some people. Analysts have said that advertising spending from both camps combined may work out to more than $100 million, making it…

BPW seeks names for annual award

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Do you know an outstanding woman that you would like to see recognized before a large audience? The Business and Professional Women’s group would like her name to be among those judged for Lincoln County Woman of the Year. The 2014 Woman of the Year will be announced during the…

Our View — Businesses giving back

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Businesses that make it a point to give back to the community deserve our recognition and appreciation. The Lincolnton Lowe’s is currently working on improvements and upgrades to the American Legion Post 30 building on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton, through the Lowe’s Heroes project. That endeavor, led by store…

Our View: Work release makes a difference

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Mass incarceration in America is well documented. According to Department of Justice statistics, 1,574,700 people were in either state or federal prisons in this country at the end of 2013. For people age 18 and older, 623 people per 100,000 were imprisoned. Those numbers are good enough to give the…

Some holidays and politicians need change

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Have you got your pumpkin yet, your Thanksgiving turkey or your Santa Claus suit? Why wait until the last minute when they seem to be everywhere? I guess this time of my life is what causes me to want to picket holidays. When finish with that,…