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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…

Our View — No place to go

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Homelessness is an issue that can be found in every state in this country. But it’s also a problem that as a society, too often, we choose to ignore. The Lincoln Times-News is bringing homelessness in Lincoln County to light in a series of stories by staff writer Phil Perry,…

Our View — Keep on growing

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A Place to Grow is one of the jewels of Lincoln County. The Lincolnton preschool and daycare, featured in a story in today’s edition by staff writer Phil Perry, “specializes in early intervention, special education, developmental delays and typical day care services for children.” Its staff and supporters should be…

We all want to know what others are doing

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist The weather is enough to give the strongest person cabin fever. Cold ice pounding the roof, then snow and then warmth that wraps around and lets you know that spring is on its way. But people who live in neighborhoods like mine are not likely to…

Our View — Pick your spots

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If the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks proved anything, it was that most Americans will make enormous sacrifices for the artifice of security. We’ve accepted a massive domestic spying apparatus with incredibly invasive, but unseen, programs. We’ve fought two wars with negligible outcomes. The president has embarked…

Be alert. Hang up if an online agent calls

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist I’ve always read about people getting scammed because they let others lead them into believing they could get something for nothing. I usually took the story with a grain of salt and found out that it’s really true. There are no free deals. Whenever I don’t…

Our View — A decision, please

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The county’s waffling over plans to renovate the former hospital facility on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton to accommodate the move of several county offices is fast approaching the level of a sad joke. Such an undertaking shouldn’t be taken lightly, and it hasn’t, but the time has come for commissioners…

Editor’s Note ~ The rules of the game

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The journalism world isn’t very forgiving of liars and thieves. There are two things all of us learn in Journalism 101: tell the truth, even if that truth hurts, and don’t take the work of others and call if your own. If a journalist can abide…

Reader’s Forum — 2-18-15

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Hiding behind the banner of freedom In last Friday’s LTN, John Hood wrote that the goal of modern conservatives is to spread freedom throughout the land. This is very noble of Hood and his followers. History, however, has many examples of “un-free” ideas that have tried to hide behind the…

Our View — Developments could grow downtown

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The concept for new townhomes and apartments in downtown Lincolnton, presented at a recent City Council meeting, sounds like a “winning situation” to both councilman Les Cloninger and us. It means investment in construction and amenities and, hopefully, will draw more retail stores and restaurants into downtown. The architecture will…