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Where Is Your Empty Hole
The heart is a huge part of your body...  It is very much connected to your brain... It does much more than move blood about... It houses your soul... Often it houses your personality...
Sunday, November 29, 2020

It's Up To You
The numbers keep growing...and they're not just numbers--they're people who have been infected and are sick, some of them dying.  If you want to help keep businesses operating and avoid further restrictions, now's the time to do your part by practicing the 3-W's.
Thursday, November 26, 2020

An Open Letter from the AMA, ANA & AHA
We filed this open letter from the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the American Nurses Association under OPINION.  There are those who disagree--frankly, they might be considered both foolish and selfish.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Don't Stop Now!
We're almost there!  If you still believe that 'we're all in this together,' it's more important than ever to do your part to help us make it to the goal line and to end this pandemic.
Sunday, November 22, 2020

Where Are You?
In the year 2020... Where are you ???... Where are you going ???... Where will you end up ???... Where do you want to be in 2022 ???...
Sunday, November 22, 2020

Lincoln Herald Receives Thank You Notes From Readers
It's really great when we receive Thank You notes from our readers about articles we have posted on our website. Thanks to everyone who takes a look at us everyday!
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Remembering 'Santa Jim'
Some of us go through our lives never accomplishing anything one might call a legacy.  A few become icons.  One of those was the man who became Santa Claus in many of Lincolnton's Christmas events.  Jim Helms passed over the weekend, one of the latest victims of COVID-19.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

When The Fed Talks Inflation, Bond Investors Listen
Most recently, you may have read that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced a change in how the Fed views inflation. In the past, the Fed said it would consider adjusting short-term rates when inflation approached 2 percent.
Monday, November 16, 2020

Hide On The Porch
The porch is quiet... The birds are eating... The squirrels are chewing... The cat is sleeping... The sun is shining...
Sunday, November 15, 2020

Help A Local Business Survive The Pandemic
We occasionally run articles for which businesses pay to reach potential customers.  This is NOT one of them; the people at The Hub didn't know I was going to write this article.  I hope it helps.
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Rain Means...
Rain means a new beginning.  Old is washed away and new shows up, again.  The dirt from the past is rinsed away with each dropping of moisture that falls upon the surface.
Friday, November 13, 2020

An Open Letter To The Community
As local physicians, our lives have been dedicated to caring for you and your loved ones. We are deeply concerned about the continued toll of COVID-19 on our community and the unintended consequences we see every day when folks let their guard down and unknowingly spread the virus to others. 
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Afterthoughts On The Election
This editorial may make some people angry.  I don't mind.  We've had enough bickering and name-calling and allegations of wrong-doing without any real evidence to support it.  It's time we put it all behind us and move on.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Trust Is Important
2020 is a difficult year... Difficult year to survive... Everybody tells a different story... Everybody tells different facts...
Sunday, November 8, 2020

Trespassing Boundaries Of Thought
For creativity to exist and to grow, there must be an interchange and an exchange of connected and disconnected ideas.  The concept that connected ideas are somehow better interrelated than disconnected ideas is false.
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Dow 30 Changes Its Starting Lineup
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the most widely followed stock market indices, has made some key changes to its starting lineup.
Monday, November 2, 2020

Another Friend Has Died From COVID
A former student of mine--and a friend from years ago--passed Sunday due to complications related to COVID-19.  In September, he had shared a post on Facebook (we were Facebook friends) calling the virus a hoax.  Too many people have died.  It's time we recognize this public health emergency for what it is.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Who Was That Masked Man?
Judge Orr's piece is a timely one considering the uptick in new cases of COVID-19 over the past two weeks. He uses an anecdote about the Lone Ranger from his youth to encourage people to continue to honor requests to wear masks in public.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow.  Local, state, national and world figures are increasing...and the worst is yet to come.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Name-Calling Of Political Opponents
One author writing about it called it "The Campaign of the Century." It happened in California in 1934; and if you believe today's name-calling is troublesome, it's nothing compared to that election.
Monday, October 26, 2020

As we get older and learn... We hope that we will have less... Less to fear... But in 2020 there is so much talk... Talk about fear...
Sunday, October 25, 2020

President Trump Has Massive Rally In Gastonia
More than 23,000 enthusiastic supporters showed up for yet another of the President’s rock concert-like rallies in Gastonia on Wednesday at the Municipal Airport.  Photographers Bill Ward and Kirk Herbertson shared with us some of their photos from the rally.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Home Builders Confident In Economic Rebound
To some, this may hardly feel like an economy headed for a bright future. But don’t tell that to home builders.
Monday, October 19, 2020

Thanks First Responders
On August 16th of this year I unfortunately suffered a major heart event while at work. Thanks to the quick response and professionalism of Lincoln County's First Responders I am blessed to be alive today to write this letter of gratitude.
Monday, October 19, 2020

Webster says motivation is a force.
Sunday, October 18, 2020

My Opinion About Voting
I have been asked by several people if I have voted yet. Further comments were “be sure to vote because your vote counts.” Does it really?
Sunday, October 18, 2020

A Plea For Civility
There have been several incidents of political campaign signs being defaced, destroyed or stolen.  The chair of the Lincoln County Democratic party urges Democrats, Republicans and others: let's practice democracy at the polls and avoid such illegal and disrespectful displays of opinion.  We've got to live together when this election is over.
Saturday, October 17, 2020

If Fall Crawl Was OK, Why Not Parade?
A special event was held in downtown Lincolnton Friday evening (Oct. 16th).  The Fall Crawl included live entertainment on the Courtsquare and multiple artists and crafters at several stores.
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Larry Simms' Paris Dilemma
I asked Larry Simms what was a moment he would never forget and he told me about a business trip to Paris, France.
Monday, October 12, 2020

Plan A Begins Tuesday
Lincoln County students in grades K-5 are about to begin five days per week face-to-face instruction as the Lincoln County Schools move to Plan A.  Not everybody is happy about that change.
Monday, October 12, 2020

Choose Your Enemies
In the year 2020... We all see people carrying hate... Hate is a heavy load... Hate often hides truth... Hate removes reason... Hate can be evil... Hate can make people evil...
Sunday, October 4, 2020

Raindrops on your face.  Your favorite song, at just the right moment.  A gentle hug.   …timeless.  
Friday, October 2, 2020

Afterthoughts On The Debate
One cable news network called it a s@&# show.  President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden faced off in the first of three scheduled Presidential debates Tuesday night (Sept. 29th), and most would surely agree, it was less than spectacular.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Football Is Back
Football is back, which means Summer is coming to a close, days will get shorter, and sweaters will soon be in play. This year, there was no pre-season, so professional football started in September, which coincidentally, is a perennial month for stock market volatility.
Monday, September 28, 2020

Hope you like this one...there is so much hate in the air right now I thought I would try to make someone smile...
Sunday, September 27, 2020

In A Flash
In a flash, brilliance is spawned by a moment of realization and an instantaneous awareness of things greater than you.  An utterance, a quickness, or a moment in time is all that’s needed to break through from one level to the next.
Friday, September 25, 2020

Who Was That Masked Man?
The jury is in!  Actually, it's the evidence--data from many sources--that confirms: the 3Ws work!  Keep wearing your mask and doing the other things necessary and we'll survive this pandemic.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Unforgettable Moment
Have you been so scared or shocked that your stomach seemed to sink, or your heart raced with the anxiety something bad was about to happen? This week Paulette shares an Unforgettable Moment!
Sunday, September 20, 2020

If you are an adult... If you tell the truth... You have been unemployed... You never forget the feeling... You never forget the fear... You never forget the stress...
Sunday, September 20, 2020

If You Could Know...?
If you could know the date of when you are going to die, would you want to know it?  If so, why?  If not, why not?
Friday, September 18, 2020

A Special Day To Show Your Disregard For Others
Some, who obviously care more about their own rights and opinions than the lives of others, have declared this Tuesday, September 15th, No Mask Day.
Monday, September 14, 2020

United Way Holds Annual Meeting
The United Way of Lincoln County will hold its annual meeting this week--but it won't be an in-person gathering; it will be done virtually.
Monday, September 14, 2020

The Taxation Of Restricted Stock Units
Is your employer giving you restricted stock units (RSUs)? Here are some details about RSUs, which differ from stock options in both their nature and taxation. 
Monday, September 14, 2020

Senior Citizens
All people over 65 are senior citizens... All senior citizens have stories... Stories that have formed them into who they are today... Some stories are good... Some are bad... Some are hidden... Some are bragged about... Some are loud and some are quiet...
Sunday, September 13, 2020

In the year 2020... That is where we find ourselves now... There does not seems to be... Be any logic in this world this year... Sadly, there does not seem to be logic... Logic anywhere...
Sunday, September 6, 2020

COVID-19 Numbers Improving
While the pandemic is far from over, we are making progress in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.  The number of new cases is shrinking in our area and Lincoln County's active case count, which has never equaled other area counties, has declined.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

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