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Reader’s Forum — 2-18-15

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Hiding behind the banner of freedom In last Friday’s LTN, John Hood wrote that the goal of modern conservatives is to spread freedom throughout the land. This is very noble of Hood and his followers. History, however, has many examples of “un-free” ideas that have tried to hide behind the…

Our View — Developments could grow downtown

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The concept for new townhomes and apartments in downtown Lincolnton, presented at a recent City Council meeting, sounds like a “winning situation” to both councilman Les Cloninger and us. It means investment in construction and amenities and, hopefully, will draw more retail stores and restaurants into downtown. The architecture will…

Family time is a real reason to celebrate

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist We are celebrating two events this weekend. With a family member having a birthday on Saturday and our only granddaughter and great-grandson home for the weekend, we have reason to celebrate. The more family we have together the better it is. We really don’t need a…

County office move the best option for taxpayers

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ALEX PATTON Guest Columnist As the chair of the Board of Commissioners for the last six years, until this past December, I would like to respond to the criticism from the Lincolnton City Council at a recent meeting concerning the county moving its offices to the old hospital. Members of…

Reader’s Forum — 2-11-15

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Response to Feb. 6 Editor’s Note I take issue with managing editor Michael Gebelein’s Feb. 6 editorial. I too, like Gebelein, fled here from Mecklenburg County 15 years ago. But, I believe Gebelein is blaming stereotypical development for the way Huntersville turned out and I believe it was because Huntersville,…

Our View — Council plays the blame game

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The members of Lincolnton’s City Council should read the paper every once in a while. Councilman Martin Eaddy, during a council meeting on Thursday, thought it was proper to add an agenda item for the express purpose of lambasting the media for what he feels was a lack of coverage…

Editor’s Note — The ‘burbs keep growing

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Charlotte is expanding. Mecklenburg County’s tentacles are reaching out into the parts of the Piedmont that were once farmland dotted with a grocery store and gas station every few miles. The suburbs are growing and more of that growth — some would call it progress —…

We all want to hear that spring is close

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist The lowly groundhog has made quite a reputation for himself in his ability to predict the weather. I always wondered how that happened, because all I’ve ever seen him good at was eating rosebushes in the backyard. We’ve had several of those furry creatures around here…

Reader’s Forum — 2-6-15

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When ‘Thank-you’ is not enough It’s Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I’m having lunch with my grandson at his Thanksgiving Feast at school. First graders dressed as Pilgrims and Indians all around the room when my cellphone rings. The message I receive is from a co-worker telling me my dad had fallen…

Our View — Ending legislator redistricting

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Take a look at North Carolina’s 10th congressional district on a map. It seems reasonable, fairly linear, right up until you get to the northwest corner. Then things change. An offshoot, almost the shape of a piece of broccoli, juts out of Rutherford County and puts Asheville firmly in the…