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It’s time we cleared the air;gas tax stinks to high heaven

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It would appear that we no longer have representatives in the North Carolina legislature, just people with a decidely unpleasant air about them. Obviously, it wasn’t enough for them to spray an indelicate odor over all North Carolinians with the devious, underhanded way they finally enacted a lottery, and the…

Thank you, Betty Gamble

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If we were to be approached and asked, what have we done today for our fellow man, how many of us could respond in the positive? It surely isn’t a question that St. Peter at the Pearly Gates will be asking Betty Gamble, who ascended to her heavenly reward Monday,…

GO WOLVES!

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Tomorrow it all comes down to this: Will Lincolnton High School emerge victorious in the battle for the state 2-A title against Clinton? The answer to that question is an obviously resounding “Yes!” GO WOLVES! It truly is a sight to behold, seeing all the signs congratulating and urging the…

Presence may be gone, but their impact remains

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In recent weeks, three beacons of light were extinguished, and while we Americans must now forever live in a world dimmed by their absence, we can still bask in the glow their presence on earth made making this nation and the world a brighter, better place. Two of them strutted…

Wal-Mart vote no surprise

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Well, the county commissioners voted Monday to approve Wal-Mart’s request to build a supercenter at the junction of N.C. 16 and 73. But in all honesty, the vote was anti-climactic, to say the least. In the minds of many, both pro and con, it seemed a foregone conclusion. This is…

There is only one correct vote on Wal-Mart: No!

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Come Monday, county commissioners will be making the decision whether to approve Wal-Mart’s request to build a supercenter at the junction of N.C. 16 and 27. We urge the members to vote NO! That turndown is required for several reasons, one being that Wal-Mart has not fulfilled all the request/requirements…

Room to negotiate? Yes

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Several months ago, this newspaper took the county commissioners to task on two issues: What we believed was its lack of concern and compassion for the weakest among us (home health) and greed (pay raises for itself). The Lincoln Times-News believed then as it does now that it was incumbent…

Let’s admit it’s us

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Perhaps it’s a mantra recited all too often to the point it’s become a trite cliche, but then again, sayings become cliches because of the inherent truth contained within, so here goes: School is open. Drive safely. The question is, how many ears are deaf to this? Yes, we nod…

For democracy to function, participation is necessary

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ust like the start of a horse race, the mayor and two incumbents up for re-election immediately filed for the seats they hold as soon as the gate opened. Not only did it make for a nice photo op for them and this newspaper, more important, it was a validation…

Should county churches bow heads in thanks or in shame?

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It’s perplexing, to say the least. If Bob Wise’s numbers are accurate, only 17 — out of more than 150 churches in Lincoln County— have actively gotten behind the effort to raise enough funds to get a DVD of the movie, “Jesus,” into every Lincoln County home by Christmas. Wise…