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Many memories of being mothered

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Mother’s Day cards are beautiful. All the roses and butterflies and rhyming verses are some pretty weak stuff for the sentiments that I’d like to send mothers. I am a mother and I know that others like me who have experienced motherhood are the world’s richest…

OUR VIEW — Pastor’s work makes a difference

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The men and women who tirelessly work to make the world a better place for those around them seldom get the recognition they deserve. Lincoln County is home to many volunteers and civil servants that have a true impact on both this community and others, and it’d be a fair…

Boxing doesn’t have to disappoint

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A few years ago, back in 2011 when I was a sports writer at this paper, I wrote a column about a potential Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, headlined “The fight of the century.” The fight of the century happened. And, as often is the case with…

Separation of church and state should be upheld

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ELAINE JENKINS Guest Columnist I grew up in a Baptist church in Charlotte where the separation of church and state was an issue that was pounded into my brain as a child – not for political reasons – but for strong religious principles. It is for this reason that I…

OUR VIEW — Wrong from the beginning

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Sure, county commissioners have a difficult, important job. But only in Gaston County would elected officials be softheaded enough to think that policy work entitles them to a lifetime of largely taxpayer-funded health insurance for themselves and their families. The reek of self-administered special treatment, which we all can agree…

Birthday evening a real crowd pleaser

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was birthday party that turned into a pig picking that was a crowd pleaser and some good eating. No happy birthday songs but lots of laughter and some pictures for good memories for a special girl who turned 14. The age-old expression “blackberry winter” fit…

Editor’s Note — It’s not 1968

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It’s not 1968. I’ll say it again — it’s not 1968. But despite the fact that it’s clearly 2015, almost every news article or commentary I’ve read about the rioting in Baltimore, a city that I love and grew up in, mentions the riots in 1968, which began, peacefully, as…

Reader’s Forum — 4-29-15

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The Lincoln Times-News welcomes letters to our Reader’s Forum. Thanks for making Earth Day a success Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 as a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural resources. The Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District sponsored an Earth Day…

Editor’s Note — The good news

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I got an email from a reader a few weeks ago. I use that term “reader” loosely, because I’m fairly certain this person, who admittedly lives outside the county, read only one of our stories. This email was a testament to the sort of righteous indignation that’s usually reserved for…

Our View — An important step for school budget

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It’s that time of year again, when the county’s Board of Education is preparing to make its budget requests to county commissioners. If the mood after a meeting on Wednesday between members of the Board of Commissioners and school board is any indication, this year’s budget talks will be far…