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OUR VIEW — There are better options than insurance cuts

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Lincolnton’s City Council heard during a budget work session that cuts might have to be made to public employees’ spousal insurance plans to save around $250,000 for the city coffers. City Manager Jeff Emory told council members that the city has faced a 25-percent increase in the cost of premiums,…

EDITOR’S NOTE — Hands off the recorder

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Journalists like tape recorders. If you touch them, or try to take them away from us, we can’t be responsible for what happens next. That’s why I’m not buying the sorry excuses being offered up by state Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, who on Tuesday told everyone…

More rest needed, rocking chair nearby

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist A friend who says she would not miss one of my newspaper columns called last week and wanted to know if I still had my rocking chair. I told her that it would be among the last things to go. I spend more and more time…

Reader’s Forum — 5-23-14

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  An open letter to Lincoln County   In the newly proposed County budget: Teachers would get no increase in county-funded supplements, which is a projected $213,000 shortfall, a half a percent salary increase. Lincoln County Schools’ average supplement is $2,928, compared with the state average of $3,553 — a…

Editor’s Note — Leave the web alone

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The beauty of the Internet is its freedom. That’s what makes it work, that’s why most of us love it. That freedom has two sides to it — the Internet is a beautiful place of knowledge and exchange of thoughts and ideas, but it is also a very dark place…

Reader’s Forum — 5-21-14

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  Sen. Curtis the one who should be embarrassed I’m sure by now most people are aware of Sen. David Curtis’s reply to the lady who felt embarrassed to say she was a teacher.  What anyone has failed mention, however, is that Sen. Curtis should have been the one who…

Editor’s Note — Curtis on the hot seat for what?

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor It’s hard to believe that a Charlotte-Mecklenburg schoolteacher’s email to state legislators titled “I am embarrassed to confess: I am a teacher.” didn’t elicit more responses like the one she got from Sen. David Curtis. It may have, but Curtis’s is the only one that has…

Sneezing and wheezing pollen worse than ever

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Oh! The flowers, the cards, the candy, the gift baskets and all the “I love you’s” that were passed around last Sunday. No way could Mother’s Day have been missed and I was on the receiving end of all of this. It was a good day…

Reader’s Forum 5-16-14

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  Legislature should stand for teachers, not against   Sen. David Curtis has done a great disservice to the teachers of this state by telling a Charlotte science teacher, Sarah Wiles, who complained of having gone many years without a pay increase, that if she didn’t like the way the…

Reader’s Forum — 5-12-14

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Thanks to firefighters I want to express my sincere appreciation for the exemplary service that Lincolnton and volunteer fire departments and, most importantly, all of Lincolnton and Lincoln County firefighters do for our community and its residents. I would like to specifically identify Units E1, E2, and L-1 for their…