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Ax the flaks

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Legislators looking to cut money from future state budgets could do well to eliminate the gatekeepers who have come to dominate communications from most executive departments in state government in recent years. Whether their jobs are called “media relations,” “public relations” or “spokesperson,” these operatives are used by Raleigh’s stubborn…

City water debt poses threat to entire county

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Lincoln County officials plan to have an engineering study examine whether taxpayers are better off buying water from the city of Lincolnton or investing in additional water facilities for the county to meet surges in demand. County Manager George Wood told county commissioners on Monday that he fully expects continued…

Tune out extreme voices on nation’s debt ceiling

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As Congress and President Obama continue jockeying for position in negotiations over the nation’s debt ceiling, extreme voices on the right and left have heightened pressure on both sides to hold their ground. Tuning out those voices would be the wisest move. For the good of the country, our leaders…

Change the way N.C. picks elections officials

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When the Lincoln County Board of Elections is sworn in on Tuesday, it will be comprised of two Democrats and one Republican. This might seem surprising since Republican registered voters in Lincoln County now significantly outnumber Democrats. In recent county elections, Republicans have carried every contest. But many counties in…

Change the way N.C. picks elections officials

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When the Lincoln County Board of Elections is sworn in on Tuesday, it will be comprised of two Democrats and one Republican. This might seem surprising since Republican registered voters in Lincoln County now significantly outnumber Democrats. In recent county elections, Republicans have carried every contest. But many counties in…

Let city voters have say before action on police HQ

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The old bank building at the corner of East Main and Flint streets in Lincolnton is not a suitable police headquarters, at least not without expansion and renovation. But taking such an expensive step, especially right away, isn’t the right answer. No one on the City Council disputes that some…

Why I went into the wards

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Lincolnton City Council member Larry Mac Hovis has every right to question my motives in creating and presenting a proposal for new city wards. After all, why would a journalist get involved in such a thing? I was a little surprised I wasn’t questioned along these lines when I initially…

Demolition crackdown

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Lincolnton city leaders made an important improvement in the oversight of demolition projects with their unanimous vote Thursday to approve an ordinance amendment. They also put some teeth into the new law, which could result in fines and forfeited bonds for anyone who thinks they can get away with ignoring…

Today we give thanks

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For our children who have grown up over the last decade and never known an America not at war; For the men and women, military and civilian alike, who have sacrificed on fields of battle from the hellhole of Mogadishu, to our embassies in Africa, to the USS Cole, to…

End of the ‘Shoreline’

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“Shoreline,” a weekly section of the Lincoln Times-News that focused on the easternmost areas of Lincoln County, was a good idea whose time has come and gone. The final installment of “Shoreline” appeared on March 30. In its place today, readers will find a section simply called “Life.” The disappearance…