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Columnist: Someone has to pay taxes

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It would be interesting to know what goes through the heads of corporate executives who scheme to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Are the competitive pressures at the top of the business world so intense that they simply don’t think beyond the moment? Perhaps they never imagine what…

Reader’s Forum

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Let’s change the way county values property I am a Lincoln County native and live in Unicoi, Tenn. I own 17 acres of land and a home under construction in the Hog Hill community. My belief is that the county government has overstepped its bounds with its current assessment and…

Guest View: State pensions for convicted public servants

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When it comes to cases of public malfeasance that will raise the ire of North Carolina taxpayers, former New Hanover County ABC administrator Billy Williams may be the winner. Williams, who gamed the system to pay himself an outrageous salary over the years, also bilked taxpayers out of $43,000, using…

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Why we need certificate of need

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RALEIGH — Jim Davis is right about this much: Hospitals in North Carolina shouldn’t be using any monopolistic muscle to try to prevent competition that will benefit patients and the larger public. The freshman state senator and orthodontist from Macon County is wrong on another score. “Health care is a…

Guest View: Expansion of the ACC

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It is all about money, so let’s not gild the lily with regard to the Atlantic Coast Conference expansion to 14 teams with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the lineup. Revenues from television, specifically the ESPN network that holds rights to ACC broadcasts, will increase. That contract is…

County should have kept faith with retirees

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Lincoln County’s government is right to look for ways to save taxpayers money. Faced with sudden shortfalls due to unexpected drops in sales tax revenues as the nation’s economy went haywire during the 2008-2009 fiscal year, commissioners and county staff had little choice but to cut. Even so, they erred…

Wedding: Davis, Spillman

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Hali Ashan Martin Davis and James “Jimmy” Michael Spillman were married on June 25, 2011 at Sigmon Farm on Lake Lookout. The Rev. Kevin “Chappy” Pitts performed the marriage ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Raymond and Tina Davis and granddaughter of Juanita Mosteller of Lincolnton. The groom is…

Newspaper prices going up, but here’s a deal

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Exactly 30 years ago, the Lincoln Times-News announced, “We held the line as long as we could, but with this issue the price of a copy is 20 cents. We have no choice.” Thirty years is a long time. Despite the inflation and increases in the cost of producing and…