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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…

We all need some good entertainment

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Members of Lincolnton’s Business and Professional Women’s group has a special way of entertaining and they put it to work each year when they host a notable event recognizing those of us who were once named Woman of the Year. It was a breakfast and the…

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  What about integrity?   At the Apple Festival, we were surprised to see the Republicans’ focus on the repeal of the so-called “trash tax.” Somebody needs to tell them that the tax was repealed last month. Do these folks not have a clue about what is happening or are…

Editor’s Note — Vote, even though it hurts

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    Newspapers beg their readers to vote during every election cycle. The “Get Out and Vote” editorial is almost inevitable, and it never gets any easier to read. But cajoling citizens to participate in the political process is part of the burden newspapers shoulder as promoters of dialogue and…

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Appreciate for Kevin Starr I am so glad you wrote an article about Kevin Starr. He’s one of those guys that doesn’t like to call attention to himself, but I’m sure I speak for everyone who has ever taken the Master Gardener class when I say he is an unsung…

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“Pair of elephants come to Buffalo Beals”  Animal exhibitor William Morris, who provided the elephants who recently came to a local roadside zoo, has a dismal history that is in the public record. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Morris for repeated failure to provide adequate veterinary…

Trading stories with old school friends

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    There’s something wonderful about visiting with old school friends. They have remained loyal and fun to be with through the years. I mingled with some during last week’s reunion of North Brook classes of 49’ and 50’. Not many showed up, but then not many remain. Those who…

Our View: Regular people doing the right thing

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When government lets us down, it’s an enormous tribute to the American people to see individuals stepping up to affect their community in a positive way. A perfect example is the owners of Denver’s Good Karma Ranch. A story in Friday’s edition detailed how Mike and Shelly Walsh plan to…

Reader’s Forum — 10-14-13

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Support for city Republican candidates Before the last national election I changed from Democrat to Republican. One of the many reasons was that I was shocked when the Democrats wanted to take God out of their platform. Because of things like that I decided I wanted to become more aware…