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Independence Day: Do we know or even care anymore?

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Judging from the information provided in today’s guest column directly beneath the editorial cartoon, the answer appears, obviously not. It is a sad commentary that so many of us have not the vaguest idea what is contained in the Declaration of Independence. More disturbing, for so many to think these…

Let us pay homage to both

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Today is the official date of retirement for City of Lincolnton police officer Danny Hallman, who has faithfully served his community as a law enforcement official 36 years: one with the Sheriff’s Office and 35 with the city. In that time, he has witnessed much as he carried out his…

Tobacco-free schools vote should’ve been unanimous

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In light of all the evidence about the harmful effects of tobacco, especially cigarette smoking, we are hard-pressed to understand the reasoning behind the votes of board of education members Joan Avery and Tommy Houser. They voted against implementing the policy that was adopted 4 – 2, to make Lincoln…

Is the word `accountability` even in Duke`s vernacular?

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You would have thought that by now, Duke University president Richard H. Brodhead and the rest of the university’s top administrators would have learned from their mistakes following their actions in the Duke lacrosse rape debacle. Obviously not, which is why it isn’t any wonder a new and more virulent…

Never stop learning

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Saturday is going to be a momentous day for the Class of 2007 students of Lincoln County’s four high schools. It goes without saying this will be a day fraught with emotions, at time exhilarating as well as filled with tears. For a number of students, even those who make…

Hello, good bye

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For we aging baby boomers, it’s easy to understand why the Beatles’ song, “Hello, Goodbye” comes readily to mind, especially the refrain that also makes up the title. So here’s our variation: Hello, Dr. David Martin. Good bye, Dr. Jim Watson. And thank you to the Lincoln County Schools members…

It’s not only drivers who should be wise this holiday

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It’s Memorial Day, the culmination of a three-day weekend; one in which it is hoped all of us have taken the time to reflect upon the sacrifice made by those who laid down their lives, as well as those who came home, and to express our undying gratitude. Memorial Day…

FOI isn’t for press’ benefit — It’s your right to know the truth

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Let’s face it. Unless we’re Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey or any other multi-millionaire, who among us wants others to know what we make as wage-earners? It should be nobody’s business unless we choose to make it so. With certain exceptions. One of those exceptions is when you are…

A matter of common sense

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It’s a simple enough solution. Something inexpensive that can be accomplished in a relatively short amount of time; time enough to save a life — perhaps yours or someone you love. It’s placing numbers on residences and businesses visible enough to be seen from the road. Currently, only 82 percent…

What gives with BellSouth?

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It was bad enough earlier this week that some cretin called in a bomb threat to Lincoln Nursing Center, inconveniencing a number of residents and staff, not to mention all those who responded: Law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel. In some situations, elderly residents were so highly distressed they had…