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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…

Let me tell you about the strongest

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Lincoln County lost one of her remaining stalwart citizens last week when Harvey V. Houser died. He was among the last of the old-time farmers who wore their overalls with pride. His faith, family and hard work were what he was all about. Most of us who grew up on…

Not the best day for democratic process

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Tuesday we welcome Election Day in July — perhaps not as rare as Christmas in July, but in both cases not many people get excited, and those who do are usually selling something. Even so, enough important contests are at stake that we should pay attention…

Hot weather, good company on a summer day

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Is it the hottest weather yet? Most likely not, but it sure feels that way. I remember when fans and air conditioners were what a few other people had. The 5-and-10-cent store had paddle fans at its entrance and when we came to town we raced…

Our View: City water sales

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Lincoln County is once again looking closely at whether purchasing additional water supplies over and above the county’s current water resources from the city of Lincolnton would offer a better value for county taxpayers and water customers. When this issue came up last year, we encouraged county leaders to think…

Reader’s Forum — 7-6-12

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Community showed support for veterans During Wednesday’s Fourth of July parade we had another opportunity to salute World War II vets. As occurred last year, the great town of Lincolnton and our proud citizens showed their appreciation of, and honor for, those true patriots who defended this nation in World…

Must everything have a computer?

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist The Lincoln Cultural Center is a good place be on a hot Sunday afternoon. And isn’t it wonderful that the most talented Lincoln County youth are willing to put that much effort into entertaining the rest of us. The Lincoln Theatre Guild’s presentation of Grease took…

Our View — Justices put verdict in hands of voters

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Whatever one thinks of the legal reasoning and immediate impact of Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act, the fallout will dominate the political landscape this year. That may not be a bad thing. While we can expect loud and shrill voices full of misleading…

I need an old-fashioned Fourth

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist This column that I wrote 22 years ago placed first in the annual North Carolina Press Women’s contest. I believe some of our readers will still enjoy calling up old times. I’m yearning for an old-fashioned Fourth of July. I want a dipper full of fresh…