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More things that we used to say

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CHARLES EUREY Guest Columnist People stop me and we talk about some of the old sayings and they sometimes mention some that I had forgotten, but I’ll have another go at it.  Here it is: Loud Mouth -  Who hasn’t experienced this one at some time or other.  Wants everyone…

Worst system (except for all the rest)

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor We Americans went to the polls in large numbers over the last few weeks to have our say about who should run our counties, schools, courts, states and nation. The results were pretty mixed, regardless of which candidates you backed. Lincoln County and North Carolina generally…

OUR VIEW — Security comes at a price, with a debt

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 Originally published Nov. 11, 2011  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Because we believe these things, and have been blessed as…

Current events of little interest to my readers

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist While talking with friends they often mention that I have gone back to work. This isn’t work. It’s a fun thing to do and I never tire of it, even though I keep writing about the same things over and over again. This week, the elections…

Our View — Help wanted: Filthy overdue cleaning job

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Classical mythology tells the tale of the hero Hercules sent out to perform arduous tasks to atone for crimes he committed in a fit of insanity. His fifth such labor involved the first-ever cleaning of the massive Augean stables, stocked with 1,000 supernatural cattle, possessing an…

Reader’s Forum — 11-2-12

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Romney not candidate who’s anti-women Partisan Democrats, including recent letter writer Janet Taylor, jumped on the “binder full of women” phrase from the second presidential debate to charge Mitt Romney as sexist and anti-women. Elected officials routinely seek resumes of qualified people to fill positions. Does Taylor prefer filling these…

Cotton picking time was fair time, too

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I’m not the only one around who remembers the cotton picking days of October and the corn shucking evenings of November. These times are not among my best childhood memories, but they linger and when someone brings them to mind I can offer as many tales…

Our View: Ignorant act points

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor A hateful and shocking inscription appeared painted on a railroad power box this week in Lincolnton, raising concerns that someone wanted to stir up racial tensions ahead of the presidential election. We don’t know who did it. We don’t know their age, gender, educational level or…

Reader’s Forum — 10-26-12

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White House is waging its own war on women During this election, there have been several buzz terms thrown around, but none have been quite so offensive to me as the term “War on Women.” The fact that the current administration continues to say that the Republican Party is waging…

Reunion: long visit, short minutes

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist We meet. We eat. We talk. We walk. That’s the gist of what North Brook classmates with more than 60 years since graduation do when they meet each October. I’m the new secretary and those are the minutes of the last meeting. I didn’t want to…