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Volunteers give non-profits a needed helping hand

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Reading the recent report about Lincoln County’s Habitat for Humanity naming a new executive director, I thought about the time when the new chapter was organized. I believe it was about 1991 when the chapter was organized and the 10 board members began the job of…

OUR VIEW — Bring in new business by supporting

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A front-page story in Monday’s edition about the history of teens cruising in their cars in downtown Lincolnton, and two city leaders’ openness to the idea of bringing the tradition back, sparked on social media an all-too-common discussion — why is there nothing to do in Lincolnton? That question can…

Our View: A lesson from Iraq and Syria

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The murder of journalist James Foley, a United States citizen, by Islamic State fighters, should serve not as an impetus for increased military action in Iraq and Syria, but as a reminder of the depths and dangers of religious extremism. That’s what Islamic State is all about: the global proliferation…

Our View A beginning and an end

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It’s that time of year again, thank goodness. The start of the high school football season in Lincoln County, with first games being held today, signals the start of the school year and, yes, the beginning of the fall season. And this football season looks like it’s going to be…

Late summer days bring many changes

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist An early morning visit to the Farmer’s Market gave us several good meals this week. There’s such a bounty to choose from, I had to slow down and remember that some of these vegetables need to be cooked. But once you get them home, shelled and…

Reader’s Forum — 8-20-14

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Bush deserves blame for Iraq In regard to your editorial of Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 (Editor’s Note: Caution in Iraq): I am curious why you did not give the Bush administration full credit for the fabulous goat-rope and predicable consequences of our invasion of Iraq? Instead, you chose to blame…

Our View — It starts with the people

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The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed when he was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9 in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, has sparked protests and riots and a police response that has a disturbing paramilitary flavor. The death of Brown and the…

OUR VIEW — Caution in Iraq

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The administration of President Barack Obama may be using the pretense of protecting American assets and personnel in northern Iraq as a justification for airstrikes against Islamic State militants. But the reality is, whether the president realizes it or not, the current unrest in Iraq was unavoidable. These are the…

No high steps, but more time for bird watching

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist When I was very young I wanted to be older so that I could do all the things that older people do. I wasn’t thinking of being so old you couldn’t do what you wanted. Who ever thought that going up a flight of stairs would…

Ebola outbreak unlikely in U.S.

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GORDON C. CROWELL Guest Columnist When I was very young I wEbola has been much in the news lately. I never heard of Ebola during my time in medical school, in training after school, in the Army Medical Corps or during my years of medical practice. If I saw any…