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Standing up at Moral Monday

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  Standing up at   Moral Monday   I was arrested last night (June 17). So were roughly 80 others. It was a Moral Monday in Raleigh and I went because I am totally incensed that this legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory are damaging the state of NC so badly.…

OUR VIEW — General Assembly taking it too far

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor North Carolina Republicans are enjoying their first super-majority in state government in over a century. That might not be a bad thing for the state — that many years of power in the hands of one political party, Republican or Democrat, will always lead to excess…

Councilmen unresponsive to will of constituents

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  BILL HITT Guest Columnist   Logic would dictate: if an elected body invited the very people that placed them in office to a Public Hearing to allow them to express their opinions regarding a controversial action and if the response was a crowd that packed the Council Chambers in…

Long ago watermelon memories of my dad

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Almost everywhere you looked this week there was a gift idea and a reminder not to forget dad this weekend. It’s been a long time since I hunted cards or gifts for my dad on this special day. But strong memories about him returned last week…

Reader’s Forum — 6-14-13

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Unfair tax Beginning July 1, all property owners here in Lincolnton are going to be charged (taxed) an additional $10 a month to have our trash picked up. Our City Manager Jeff Emory, City Councilmen Dr. John “Les” Cloninger and Carroll Heavner decided that this tax was “necessary to continue…

Reader’s Forum 6-12-13

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  Disappointed by garbage fee After reading in the Lincoln Times-News that the City Council approved the new $10 monthly fee for garbage collection, I was disappointed but not surprised, especially for the two Council members in favor of the new fee or “tax,” as Charles Eurey rightly called it.…

Our View: Main Street security cameras are unnecessary

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor The Lincolnton City Council approved a request from the police department at its May meeting to install several security cameras on Main Street — cameras that will cover the area from Cedar Street to the courthouse. We feel the cameras are an unnecessary infringement upon the…

Reader’s Forum — 6-10-13

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Garbage fee a disappointment What a disappointment!  Our city council let us down again.  Even in the midst of protests and pleas from the very people that elected them.  What does this tell you about our council?  They don’t care about our city and they are out of touch with…

Reader’s Forum — 6-7-13

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Call garbage fee what it is If it looks like a duck….if it walks like a duck….if it quacks like a duck….in all likelihood it is a DUCK! Therefore, let us call this $120 fee for trash pick-up in the city what it really is…IT IS A TAX….A NEW TAX!!!!!…

Aching joints create many problems

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist (I wrote this column last year and couldn’t decide whether to use it or not.  Now many are asking why I use a cane. This is the reason.) If you have had knee joint replacement surgery raise your right hand. If it was successful raise your…