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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…

Local law enforcement make freedom possible

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Over the past several weeks and months, this newspaper has reported upon the gallant effort various law enforcement agencies have made keeping our citizenry — as well as visitors and those passing through — safe. From Click It or Ticket programs to the concerted effort by the Lincolnton Police Department,…

Wal-Mart the new communism?

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Let us first say that this newspaper is not a huge fan of much that gets broadcast on public television. We agree with many critics that it skews way far to the left on many issues on a number of its programs. However, every so often, a program airs that,…

Be careful, it’s summer out there

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Although the calendar doesn’t yet confirm it, for all intents and purposes, it’s summer. With it comes a slower pace, a more relaxed, casual atmosphere and attitude. Picnics; amusement parks; endless hours and endless games of baseball, softball, tennis and golf; vacations at the beach or mountains or far-away locales…

Give back the money to the citizens of Lincoln County

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So, based upon the recommendation of a resident-appointed committee, the board of commissioners has voted itself a raise — with the stipulation that no one currently on the board receives this raise, unless they win re-election. How convenient. Also, what unmitigated gall. Let’s face it, politics being what it is,…

Long may she wave

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Tomorrow, June 14, is Flag Day. A minor holiday to be sure, one which most people probably aren’t aware exists or little care. However, Flag Day is a wonderful time for us to pause, reflect and thank all of those in uniform who serve and protect us; not just those…

Board should bow to the people, not the people to the board

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Just who in the world, or to be more specific, Lincoln County, does the board of commissioners think it’s fooling? After nearly a month of stonewalling the public, it finally released the minutes and memo from its May 16 meeting. Nothing in the copy of two memorandums this newspaper received…

County Commissioners: Be wise and reconsider

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What kind of a society are we when we won’t take care of the least among us in the name of fiscal responsibility? Judging by the flurry of letters and emails that were sent to this newspaper regarding Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners decision to defund Home Health, the answer…