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Thanks for help during Christmas parade  The leaders and children from Southside Baptist Church would like to thank everyone that assisted us when our van would not start at the Christmas Parade on Sunday. So many people came quickly to assist us. The children as well as the adults that…

Editor’s Note — A hard road to travel for commissioners

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I wouldn’t want to be a Lincoln County commissioner right now. The board will eventually have to vote whether to approve a very contentious 36-acre solar-panel farm on Webbs Road in Denver that has pitted supporters of the farm against residents of SailView, an upscale neighborhood…

Our View: Buying votes

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When a President sees his poll numbers slipping and his policies become so unpopular that they place members of his party in danger in other elections, he starts buying votes. That’s what President Obama was doing on Wednesday when he voiced his support for raising the minimum wage — he…

Editor’s View — Is this what we’ve become?

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  The headlines after Black Friday are always the same, year after year — record crowds, a few instances of random violence and a strong start to the holiday shopping season. I get it: retailers want to get a jump on Christmas sales, and they know most people don’t have…

Our View: The good news

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We occasionally hear complaints about our publishing “bad” news too frequently. The reality is that, as news gatherers, we have a solemn responsibility for publishing both the bad and the good with impartiality. But given the content of our edition this past Friday (Nov. 29), we doubt we’ll hear any…

Reader’s Forum — 12-2-13

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Safe sidewalks are taking second place This letter is in reply to a recent letter concerning leaf collection by city workers. I agree with the writer; we live in a great city with fantastic sanitation and street maintenance departments. However, on the subject of lawn, leaf and waste collections, I…

OUR VIEW — Support small businesses

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Small businesses are the lifeblood of this country. Many of us work, or have worked, for a small business. The small business proprietor offers something that operations managed by huge corporations can’t — a real sense of shared responsibility and longevity in this community, a personal touch, the knowledge that…

A week to remember, or best forgotten

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist I didn’t have a clue when I crawled from the bed Monday morning that this would be a week to remember. It was supposed to be another “normal” week, but it started off on the wrong foot and from then on I couldn’t keep my shoes…

Editor’s Note — Harry Reid is smarter than the Founding Fathers

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  Thomas Jefferson. James Madison. Benjamin Franklin. Now add Harry Reid to that list. That’s the message I took away from Reid’s utilization of the so-called “nuclear option,” the elimination of the filibuster and a two-thirds majority necessary in the Senate for the approval of most presidential nominees and cabinet…

Reader’s Forum 11-27-13

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  Sen. Curtis touts GA accomplishments   Since the legislature adjured several months ago, I have had time to reflect on my first session in the North Carolina General Assembly. I campaigned as a Republican who would work to apply conservative economic principles to help our economy. We had an…