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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…

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…