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Cotton picking time was fair time, too

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I’m not the only one around who remembers the cotton picking days of October and the corn shucking evenings of November. These times are not among my best childhood memories, but they linger and when someone brings them to mind I can offer as many tales…

Our View: Ignorant act points

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor A hateful and shocking inscription appeared painted on a railroad power box this week in Lincolnton, raising concerns that someone wanted to stir up racial tensions ahead of the presidential election. We don’t know who did it. We don’t know their age, gender, educational level or…

Reader’s Forum — 10-26-12

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White House is waging its own war on women During this election, there have been several buzz terms thrown around, but none have been quite so offensive to me as the term “War on Women.” The fact that the current administration continues to say that the Republican Party is waging…

Reunion: long visit, short minutes

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist We meet. We eat. We talk. We walk. That’s the gist of what North Brook classmates with more than 60 years since graduation do when they meet each October. I’m the new secretary and those are the minutes of the last meeting. I didn’t want to…

The marvelous, wonderful world we live in

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CHARLES EUREY Guest columnist Some long while ago I wrote of my experiences in the Airforce during WWII. One of these was about my passage from the US to England, where I was stationed a while, before moving on to France. Fortunately, as airmen, we were able to fly to…

Thoughts from a registered voter

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DON BALLARD Guest Columnist I am a registered voter with one of our national parties. I vote in all elections and take great pride in being patriotic. I listen to the discussions of both candidates. I watched both conventions and now the debates. I listened to the spokespersons building up…

Reader’s Forum — 10-22-12

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Judge protects kids; deserves re-election I am writing in support of Meredith Shuford, 27B Judicial District Court Judge, to be re-elected. She has held this position since 2007. Her responsibilities include overseeing family, juvenile, domestic violence and criminal cases. She has worked for the citizens of Lincoln and Cleveland counties…

Country cooking pleases picky eaters

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Cool weather is welcomed along with the beauty of autumn that cannot be found any other time of the year. Did I write this line before? It’s no secret that it’s my favorite time of the year. When trees begin dropping their best fall foliage it’s…

Voting early gives up right to change mind

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor If you ask most candidates about early voting, which began in North Carolina on Thursday, those who believe they have your support they will strongly advise you to take advantage of early voting as soon as possible. However, you might want to stop and think first.…

Readers Forum 10-17-12

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  Look at both sides of the ballot; don’t forget the recent past As we all go out to vote, please remember to vote for school board, on the BACK of the ballot. Also, remember Dr. Martin? Our ex-superintendent who got glowing reviews all 3 years, yet couldn’t get the…