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Reader’s Forum — 3-27-15

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  A trip to a commissioners meeting My trip to the county Board of Commissioners meeting was for my Boy Scouts communications merit badge. The first person spoke about elderly people and how their lives are. They are pushing to build more nursing and assisted living homes for the seniors…

Our View — Real transparency

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Body cameras should make the world of policing more transparent and protect both the public and the officers that patrol our streets. The cameras can expose wrongdoing on both sides of the thin blue line and can promote a value sorely lacking in today’s world — accountability. In theory. Because…

Reader’s Forum — 3-25-15

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Alternatives to county office moves There have been further discussions and comments in your paper of various county offices moving out of town. I previously made a comment on how and why the Citizens Center was built. I will not go into detail on it now. Instead of changing the…

Changes coming with warmer weather

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist This is the first day of spring. The calendar tells us so. The birds are singing louder and the Bradford pears are in full bloom and sending their petals through the air. Those little yellow jonquils can be seen everywhere. I mean everywhere except in my…

OUR VIEW — Rise of Islamic State must end now

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As if the indiscriminant wholesale slaughter of innocent human beings wasn’t enough, now the fanatics of Islamic State have begun attacks against cultural institutions and antiquities, in an effort to rewrite history to fit with their own vision of a fascist theocracy. In recent weeks, the group has claimed responsibility…

Our View — Ammo ban wouldn’t solve problems

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If the administration of President Barack Obama can’t ban guns, it’ll do the next best thing — ban ammunition. Fictional mafia don Tony Soprano succinctly phrased the administration’s logic during an episode of the HBO series The Sopranos: “There’s nothing more useless than an unloaded gun.” The Bureau of Alcohol,…

West Lincoln deserves a beautiful library

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  LINDSAY FIER Guest Columnist   I am a new mother. I have lots of dreams for my beautiful 9-month-old. I envision taking my babe to an exceptional library, selecting books each week that will take him on new adventures. I want the opportunity to interact with other young children…

Editor’s Note — Let the sun shine in

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor If there’s one quality that journalists prize over any other in public officials, it’s transparency. When you’re in the business of documenting and chronicling public business, unfettered access to the truth, rather than obstruction through clever smoke screens, is more valuable than anything else. Politicians and…

Our View — A pragmatic pay scale

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In the private sector, just showing up doesn’t guarantee a worker a raise. North Carolina could be about to get a taste of the real world, and the end result may be pay increases for the public workers who truly deserve one and a more responsible and sensible allocation of…

Good decisions lead to good things

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As a parent, we often find ourselves faced with indefatigable decisions regarding our children. We second-guess ourselves relentlessly and we do our best to shield ourselves from outside influence, with the exception of respected family, friends and professionals. We take comfort in knowing that if…