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There are some surprises in summer weather

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I remember rainy days, but no heavy downpours like we have had recently. I recall showers and afternoon thunderstorms that made mud puddles and kept the small stream running below our house. But if it rained then like it has this season, I have forgotten it.…

Rehashing good times of work and play

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  KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Some of our friends were vacationing with their family last week at the beach. But my week was even better. My family was home with me. Health problems keep us close to home now, and having my family here makes the best week of the…

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  Let’s start a discussion on City Budget It is a good thing when citizens of Lincolnton get involved in the governance of the City. At the last City Council meeting it was standing-room-only for the discussion about the new fee for garbage/recyclable pickup. Our City Manager gave us the…

Reader’s Forum

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  Don’t reduce tax, remove it   A reduction in the garbage tax is not the answer.  The question is why was this tax voted in to begin with? The tax instituted by the City Council is the result of their refusal to face the hard facts of the need…

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  Democracy in action Last Thursday’s action by both the citizens of Lincolnton and their elected representatives gave a great lesson involving true democracy in action. At the June Council meeting, numerous citizens expressed their strong objection to a proposed trash tax. After affording the citizens the opportunity to voice…

Reader’s Forum — 7-10-13

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Seek public’s advice on city budget If you stop to think about it, there are usually solutions to most of the problems we encounter.  Finding solutions usually requires some patience, a willingness to think “outside the box,” a spirit of compromise and an ability to put yourself in the position…

Exchange some memories on the Fourth of July

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I received a telephone call the other night from a long ago classmate and it was so unexpected that I kept thinking about it for several days. When I say long ago classmate, I mean many and elementary school years ago. We settled the reason for…

Reader’s Forum — 7-5-13

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Hog Happenin’ should be more family friendly As a taxpaying citizen of Lincolnton, I feel I have a right to state my opinion about how my tax dollars are used. I am not opposed to folks having fun, however, I am having a problem accepting that $60,000 of taxpayer money…

City should tighten budget, not add tax

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  In reference to the newly created “trash tax,” I was taken back a bit by our city manager’s comment regarding fighting for “our” employees. I’m sure he’s a good boss to work for, but perhaps he should be in the private sector, fighting for his employees with private money,…

Reader’s Forum — 6-28-13

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City Manager hits nail on the head regarding recession The City Manager has, as succinctly as possible, explained exactly why we should not enact this “garbage fee/tax hike.” His exact words: “it would not have been necessary at all had the city’s finances been where they were five years ago…