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OUR VIEW — The value of newspapers

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    MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor     National Newspaper Week (Oct. 6-12) seems like as good a time as any to reflect on the importance of good, old-fashioned journalism in relation to today’s changing media landscape. Newspapers have often been described as the Fourth Branch of the Government. We…

Reviving memories of the early fall fair

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    KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist You know it’s really the fall season when the weather cools and the Cleveland County Fair is going on. I had to decline an invitation to the fair on its first opening day because I knew if I went I couldn’t do what I…

Reader’s Forum 10-4-13

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  Enough! Over the last 20 years of taxing and spending, our city budget has increased more under the Democrat majority than in the preceding 150 years. Now this Democrat majority on our City Council wants us to believe they’ve changed their spots. If it had not been for the…

Our View: We can do better

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The state health insurance exchanges that are a result of the Affordable Care Act went live in North Carolina on Tuesday. That means that in the coming days and months, the reality of President Obama’s sweeping healthcare reform law will, in many ways, cease to be…

Reader’s Forum — 10-2-13

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Some voters ignore the facts During the 1991 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas, Sen. Howell Heflin (D-Ala) asked Anita Hill if she was “out of touch with reality.” I would pose the same question to any Lincolnton voter who mistakenly thinks that…

Reader’s Forum — 9-30-13

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Thanks for Apple  Festival support Apple Festival 2013 has come and gone.  Enjoyed by all who attended.  Apple Festival serves much more than simply entertainment in our historical downtown.  Many volunteer organizations including the Kiwanis Club Of Lincoln County depend on the festival to help fund the projects we undertake. …

Reader’s Forum — 9-27-13

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‘Trash tax?’ What ‘trash tax?’ Why, if the “trash tax” has been repealed by our Democrat majority City Council, are the Republican candidates still running on the platform to “trash the tax?” Their trash cans are still out there as if the tax still existed. They had their trash cans…

Festival over, library ushers in fall season

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist There’s a special rocking chair reserved for me on the Elmore porch during the Apple Festival and those who approached it heard, “you can’t sit there, it’s Kathryn’s chair.” Well, how lucky can you be? I settled in that chair to watch a street full of…

Our View: Deal with the real problem

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Let the knee-jerk reactions begin. Each time a mass murderer unleashes hell on innocent people in this country, mainstream media and gun control advocates seize the opportunity to shamelessly propagate an agenda that the majority of the country, and certainly the Founding Fathers, would disagree with.…

Volunteers boost services

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist How many of us actually give thought to the many volunteers who contribute untold hours to works that benefit others? I can’t count the services that help others and contribute to our healthy lifestyle because they are boosted by volunteers. Some of these volunteers are never…