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  Parade organization lacking   I attended the Veterans Day Parade down town (on Monday). While I loved the parade and the people lining the streets, I was very upset by the planning. No one had blocked off the streets for the parade. I don’t know who was in charge…

Reader’s Forum — 11-13-13

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Thanks to Union Elementary Patriotism is alive and well in west Lincoln County. I had the privilege of attending a veteran’s appreciation breakfast at Union School last Friday. The food by Fatz Café was excellent, the program was heartwarming, and the children were very sincere in their singing of patriotic…

OUR VIEW — Thank a veteran

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  MICHAEL GEBELEIN MANAGING EDITOR We should treat every day like Veteran’s Day. The United States’ position as one of the most wealthy and powerful nations on the planet means that, inevitably, there will always be new enemies for us. There will always be those who seek to do us…

Let’s welcome the pilgrims before Christmas

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist We weathered Halloween with all the spooks and goblins and now let’s give time to the pilgrims and turkeys before the elves rush in with Santa and the reindeer. The mailman delivered the Christmas catalogs before we threw out the pumpkins. I remember when the holiday…

Reader’s Forum — 11-6-13

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Our congressional bunch I, like many citizens, have followed the congressional journey to solve our National Health Care issues along with our $17 trillion debt and the urgent need to raise this limit. The battle has been fought with one side claiming victory and the other admitting they fought a…

Reader’s Forum — 11-4-13

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Towns may have lower taxes, but also have garbage fees I am writing to complete Dr. Bill Hitt’s letter of last week where he asserted that a number of cities surrounding us had a lower property tax than the City of Lincolnton. While he is correct, he did not explain…

Reader’s Forum 11-1-13

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Commissioners should vote against solar farm  This is addressed to our Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. On Monday night, Nov. 4, you will be voting on a proposal that will impact a very large community for years to come. The proposal before you is to allow a solar farm on…

Lincoln County has her own fall show

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  KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist   Last weekend’s blast of cold air tells us to drag out coats and put away warm-weather tables and chairs. The season’s first heavy frost blanketed rooftops, covered fields and withered all plants left from summer. We were warned to get ready for winter. But…

Our View: The U.S. as the nosy neighbor

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor No one likes a nosy neighbor. The worst ones are the ones who get caught — the ones you can see peeking through their blinds or craning their necks over the fence and then ducking back down when you look up from the leaves you’re raking…

Reader’s Forum — 10-30-13

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Vote for Republicans Anyone who knows of John Gilleland’s work as Mayor of Lincolnton knows that his mission is to make Lincolnton the very best it can be. He is not merely a ribbon-cutting figurehead Mayor but a good leader and decision maker with good ideas.  He really cares about…