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Our View — Pay attention to character questions

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The trial of former U.S. Senator John Edwards has been getting plenty of attention across North Carolina in recent weeks, mostly for the wrong reasons. Edwards became involved in an affair with Reille Hunter while he was running for president and his wife was dying with cancer. When Hunter became…

Eurey: Off We Go to the ETO

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This is another in a series recounting stateside flight training during WWII. Our days at Bergstrom Airforce Base in Texas were coming to an end.   We had been there several months for transitional training from the B-25 which, we had flown in Advanced Training, to the C-47, which we would…

Our View — Preserving a piece of America’s history

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Former Lincoln County Commissioner Buddy Funderburke deserves a warm round of applause from citizens — not just of Lincolnton and Lincoln County, but of this great country. Funderburke recently stepped in to purchase a large parcel of land near Lincolnton High School and preserve it for posterity. The acreage in…

Our View — Don’t pinch pennies with airport growth

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The city of Lincolnton is understandably looking for ways to cut expenses and avoid or at least minimize a tax increase. The exercise of trimming the budget is thus commendable, provided wise decisions are made. Walking away from matching grant funding at the airport would not be wise.  City leaders…

What’s the point of cutting SRO?

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TIM SHAIN Guest columnist In response your article on Wednesday headlined, “City cuts high school officer in split vote,” I am still trying to completely understand the positions of Larry Mac Hovis, Dr. John “Les” Cloninger and Carroll Heavner on the SRO (School Resources Officer) at Lincolnton High School. I…

Sometimes it’s hard to be nice

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I’m glad that the primary season is over and hope your favored candidate won. But could we get a “do no call list” for politicians several weeks before the general elections and could I be first to apply for it? I try to be a fairly…

Our View — Elect commissioners by equal districts

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The existing system of electing county commissioners isn’t serving the people of Lincoln County very well. This is not to complain about the quality of the commissioners elected, but to question the validity and fairness of the process. The 2010 race for commissioner in which eight Republican primary candidates competed…

A few words about the 5-string banjo

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DOUG MAYES Guest Columnist The recent passing of internationally famous 5-string banjo “picker” Earl Scruggs of Cleveland County has brought questions about his banjo.  Where did it come from? Who invented it? Who made it famous? Earl Scruggs is given credit for the 5-string banjo’s rise in popularity. He joined…

Our View: Budget proposal is Perdue’s latest error

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Gov. Bev Perdue is calling for a more than $1 billion increase in state spending this year. She’s also not seeking re-election, so she won’t have to face the voters on this proposal. On the other hand, she’s well aware that it’s dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.…

Messages voters did and did not sent

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Voters could have made dramatic changes in the makeup of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Instead, just one seat will change hands. With six candidates vying for three seats on the five-member board and one of the two members not up for re-election seeking a spot in the General…