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Air quality must improve in Lincoln

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The time has come for Lincoln County’s government, business and community leaders to tackle a worsening problem of air quality that threatens our economy as well as our health and well-being. We think of ourselves as having a high quality of life, well removed from the urban smells and noises…

Remember C-Battery this holiday weekend

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Independence Day is important in Lincoln County because we have so many dedicated veterans who take patriotic occasions very seriously. But it’s especially important this year because we have a home-based National Guard unit assigned to dangerous duties in Iraq. The last we heard about these local men and women…

Property tax rate hasn`t changed

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Some Board of Commissioners critics, whose voices become louder around election time, are accusing members of passing a tax increase with the recently approved budget. They didn’t. The budget holds the property tax rate at 62 cents per $100 valuation. But since this is a year of revaluation of property…

Summer reading

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There was an interesting tidbit about the West Lincoln Library in our West Lincoln section on Friday: it serves the highest percentage of children out of all libraries in the Gaston-Lincoln system. Approximately 75 percent of books checked out of the library are for children. Some 200 children are signed…

N.C. must address plight of children

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North Carolina is ranked as one of the 10 worst states in the nation for child well-being in an annual survey. This, despite improved percentages in nearly all of the key indicators used in the measure. How can this be? Other states improved faster and rose higher in the ranks…

Gaston College gift addresses real need

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The latest gift to the planned expansion of Gaston College’s Lincoln Campus, a contribution of $35,000, comes from First Federal Savings Bank of Lincolnton. It’s an important financial boost to an institution of critical importance to the people of Lincoln County, particularly those who have lost manufacturing jobs and are…

Let seniors decide graduation site

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Some Lincoln County school board members appear ready to change high school graduation policy to allow seniors to determine the site of graduation ceremonies. We agree with such a change. That decision would boil down to whether they wanted an inside ceremony, as usual for West and Lincolnton High at…

Summer mud slinging

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A Republican primary run-off in the governor’s race is more than possible, as suggested by recent published reports. It’s probable. To win the primary a candidate must receive more than 40 percent of ballots cast and that’s highly unlikely with six candidates in the race July 20. Former Charlotte Mayor…

Somber Memorial Day

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It was a much more somber Memorial Day celebration than we are accustomed. The normal fare of picnics, parades and patriotic concerts would have been preferrable. But today American soldiers are in combat and some have lost their lives in a war that has many skeptics and critics. It’s especially…

Congratulations 2004 graduates

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Congratulations to the graduating classes at Lincolnton, East Lincoln and West Lincoln high schools. Commencement exercises for all three of the schools are scheduled for this weekend. The title “Class of 2004” may not mean much today to these young men and women, but it will have a nostalgic ring…