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OUR VIEW – City needs commitment from county

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Lincoln County’s $17 million plan to move many of its offices out of downtown Lincolnton and into the old hospital on Gamble Drive will change the city, and not for the better. The list of offices that will remain in downtown, detailed in a story in a recent edition of…

Reader’s Forum — 7-7-14

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CMC-Lincoln impresses My mother recently spent time in Carolinas Medical Center for a knee replacement. We were so impressed with the new facility and the beautiful grounds and surroundings, but what was even more pleasing was how wonderful she was cared for during her stay. Everyone in the hospital, including…

The consent of the governed

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Between the inanities of hot dogs and fireworks and cold beer, we should all stop for a moment on Independence Day and take a look back at the document we have to thank for really touching off the revolution that led to the creation of this…

Flags, fireworks, food for the Fourth of July

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Happy Fourth of July. Wave your flag and celebrate one way or another. Do you like fireworks and hot dogs? Do you like crowds or just a few friends on the front porch? You can do what you want on this day and the next and…

Editor’s Note — Save your Homeland Security money

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Terrorists aren’t going to attack Lincolnton, Lincoln County, or anywhere else in the Catawba Valley region. Ever. When you get done knocking on wood and hyperventilating into a paper sack at the use of the words “Lincoln County” and “terrorists” in the same sentence, consider this — Catawba County will…

Reader’s Forum

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Hospice deserves community support Grief and death have no barriers. At some point they can intrude into every person’s life, regardless of age, race, social status or wealth. A strong faith and friends help people through the challenging time at the end of life of a family member or someone…

Escape the heat with good entertainment

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Well, folks, it’s officially summer. We wanted it to hurry up and get here and wipe out all that cold, damp weather. Now all we have to do is fan, chase mosquitos and complain about the heat. But some will be planning a vacation away from…

Editor’s Note — Let’s back up

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The United States has been at war for most of my life. And make no mistake — despite what President Barack Obama says about not sending troops to Iraq to combat the swift rise of extremist Muslim militants there, we’ll be back at war in the Middle East before we…

Reader’s Forum — 6-20-14

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Our heartfelt thanks The family of Pat Keener Garris, who has had a battle with cancer for a little over a year, wants to express sincere gratitude to family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers, for prayers, cards, food, flowers and visits. I believe a part of us dies as we…

Keep the spiders away while we celebrate

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist The week was a good one even though a giant, saucer-size Wolf spider was found in my carport. I dislike spiders and this was the biggest one I have ever seen. I keep wondering, where did it come from? How long has it been here? Did…