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Bridging the divide on voter ID laws

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor One of the hottest issues of disagreement this political season is the wave of new laws and proposals in several states, requiring anyone casting a vote to show photo identification. I’ve been dismayed more than ever during this political season by just how polarized people’s views…

Apple Festival: A good day for all

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist What a day! What a way to spend the Apple Festival. Especially for someone who cannot walk very well. All morning and afternoon friends came and visited on the Elmore front porch. I have always enjoyed the festival usually walking all along the route before the…

Reader’s Forum — 9-19-12

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Thanks for making Apple Festival happen Another year has come and gone and all who enjoyed the Apple Festival, including myself, owe a big thank you to all those people involved in the planning and then putting the plan into action on Apple Festival Saturday. This is a tremendous undertaking…

Looking at the wrong numbers on jobs

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor According to the official numbers, things are slightly better in Lincoln County today than they were just three years ago. But it doesn’t feel that way. The official unemployment rate for Lincoln County is 10.48 percent. That isn’t an acceptable level, but it’s much better than…

Lincoln celebrates apple harvest

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Take away the reason for sneezing and many of us welcome the fall season. There’s beauty in autumn that cannot be found any other time of the year. Autumn also means it’s time for the Lincoln County Apple Festival when we celebrate the apple harvest with…

Wasting time in the name of government

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If you’ve ever attended a local government meeting in Lincoln County, the odds are good that your time has been wasted by a lot of nonsense. It’s not that our local boards — the Board of County Commissioners, the Board of Education, the City Council, the planning boards and various…

Charlotte, N.C., in the good old days

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I was recently perusing some old newspapers and came across a picture of the square in Charlotte in the early 1900s. The photo showed T-Model cars lined up at the stop light on the square and, of all things, an electric trolley. I remember just such a scene from the…

Habitat grows with each contribution

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I was a secret hoarder. It ended when the closet door wouldn’t close. I hoarded cloth, patterns, buttons, thread and lace. I could close my eyes and see all this in dresses, coats, curtains and draperies. But the hoard didn’t turn into dresses, coats, curtains and…

Reader’s Forum — 8-24-12

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McHenry’s column proof that politicians lie I really appreciated your editorial the other day pointing out the current slate of political ads on both sides are — shall we say — not completely true. You challenged us, as citizens and voters, to use our critical thinking when viewing them and…

Political season outlives summer

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist It had to happen but did it have to be so quick? Summer seems to be the fastest season of all. The dogwood leaves are beginning to fade and its berries are turning red. Days are getting shorter and soon we will have longer nights. The…