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Federal loans should be up to students

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor My son was going back to college following a couple of years off from school to work. After applying and being approved for federal student loans, he’d come up with a good plan to put some of the loan money toward a used vehicle he’d need…

Reflecting on old-timey words and phrases

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CHARLES EUREY Guest columnist I am always amazed when I sit and think of the many words we used to use that we don’t often hear anymore. The fact is though that many times they conveyed our thoughts and feelings far better than anything we can think of today. We…

Reader’s Forum — 8-20-12

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Biden’s ‘chains’ comments ironic Recently on the campaign trail, Joe Biden told a Virginia audience that Republicans wanted to put them back in chains. The allusion to slavery is rather ironic, given Biden’s support for raising taxes, especially for higher-income earners. Slavery is defined as non-ownership of one’s person and…

Retirement: Busy days or idle ways

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I envy those who make plans and keep them after retirement. They deserve a lot of respect. They say they’re going to redecorate the house, travel the globe, live at the beach, play golf whenever, go wherever and do whatever they want to do. And most…

Both presidential campaigns are lying

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Here’s a prescription for anyone digesting this year’s presidential campaign advertising: Take it with a grain of salt and a healthy dose of skepticism. Most national polls of likely voters show that President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are running a close contest for the White House.…

Some old days worth remembering

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I’m getting a few comments on my columns. Just last week someone said they enjoy the columns because I write about the old days. What else would I write about? That’s all I know. I can’t explain why, but as the years add up those days…

Remembering the Old Tin Lizzie

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I am always amazed at how, throughout history, many times seemingly insignificant events become major happenings as time goes on. For instance: Take the invention of the Model T Ford automobile in 1908. The Model T ws not the first car made but it became America’s car for two reasons.…

Good pickings at The Farmer’s Market

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist There’s something special about an early morning trip to the Farmer’s Market. The air is still cool and the pickings are best before the crowd arrives. Those of us who once had a home garden and gathered our own vegetables, know the work that’s involved in…

Our View: The missing teeth in public records laws

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The public — including both the news media and individual citizens — has a right to access the records of the governments that are supposed to serve the public. Access to public records is guaranteed by statutes in many states, including North Carolina. But laws on the books don’t always…

Lots of activity makes good weekends

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist There’s this group of women who call themselves the Lovely Ladies of Lincoln County. I was welcomed into the group and joined the monthly assembly where the program must be meet, eat, talk and go. One wonders where the Lovely Ladies title came from, as few…