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OUR VIEW — Rise of Islamic State must end now

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As if the indiscriminant wholesale slaughter of innocent human beings wasn’t enough, now the fanatics of Islamic State have begun attacks against cultural institutions and antiquities, in an effort to rewrite history to fit with their own vision of a fascist theocracy. In recent weeks, the group has claimed responsibility…

Our View — Ammo ban wouldn’t solve problems

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If the administration of President Barack Obama can’t ban guns, it’ll do the next best thing — ban ammunition. Fictional mafia don Tony Soprano succinctly phrased the administration’s logic during an episode of the HBO series The Sopranos: “There’s nothing more useless than an unloaded gun.” The Bureau of Alcohol,…

West Lincoln deserves a beautiful library

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  LINDSAY FIER Guest Columnist   I am a new mother. I have lots of dreams for my beautiful 9-month-old. I envision taking my babe to an exceptional library, selecting books each week that will take him on new adventures. I want the opportunity to interact with other young children…

Editor’s Note — Let the sun shine in

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor If there’s one quality that journalists prize over any other in public officials, it’s transparency. When you’re in the business of documenting and chronicling public business, unfettered access to the truth, rather than obstruction through clever smoke screens, is more valuable than anything else. Politicians and…

Our View — A pragmatic pay scale

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In the private sector, just showing up doesn’t guarantee a worker a raise. North Carolina could be about to get a taste of the real world, and the end result may be pay increases for the public workers who truly deserve one and a more responsible and sensible allocation of…

Good decisions lead to good things

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As a parent, we often find ourselves faced with indefatigable decisions regarding our children. We second-guess ourselves relentlessly and we do our best to shield ourselves from outside influence, with the exception of respected family, friends and professionals. We take comfort in knowing that if…

Our View — No place to go

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Homelessness is an issue that can be found in every state in this country. But it’s also a problem that as a society, too often, we choose to ignore. The Lincoln Times-News is bringing homelessness in Lincoln County to light in a series of stories by staff writer Phil Perry,…

Our View — Keep on growing

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A Place to Grow is one of the jewels of Lincoln County. The Lincolnton preschool and daycare, featured in a story in today’s edition by staff writer Phil Perry, “specializes in early intervention, special education, developmental delays and typical day care services for children.” Its staff and supporters should be…

We all want to know what others are doing

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist The weather is enough to give the strongest person cabin fever. Cold ice pounding the roof, then snow and then warmth that wraps around and lets you know that spring is on its way. But people who live in neighborhoods like mine are not likely to…

Our View — Pick your spots

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If the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks proved anything, it was that most Americans will make enormous sacrifices for the artifice of security. We’ve accepted a massive domestic spying apparatus with incredibly invasive, but unseen, programs. We’ve fought two wars with negligible outcomes. The president has embarked…