Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:55:50 EST 1800 LRDC continues improvement efforts http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50121611/LRDC-continues-improvement-efforts The rising temperatures of summer have seen Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremonies heating up downtown, with two in the past few weeks. We are delighted to welcome Main Street Shoe Repair and Scotland Bling to the Laurinburg Downtown... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Progress, despite objections http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50122197/Progress-despite-objections It seems fitting somehow that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced the decision that marks another major step toward marriage equality in North Carolina this week, just a few days after the General Assembly voted to allow charter schools in... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The $50,000 race horse http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50104075/The-$50000-race-horse Last week, a stranger had just pulled up in front of Ol 'Charley's store pulling a horse trailer. The stranger got out and marched right in through the front door of the store. He was a short, bow-legged fellow with a leather jacket that... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The benefits of being ‘too happy’ http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50103856/The-benefits-of-being-too-happy Recently, I had one of my board members tell me that he was not too sure about me when I first moved to town, because he thought I was always too happy. At first I took offense at the comment. Of course, in general, I am a happy person, but for some... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Read others’ work and decide for yourself http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50086573/Read-others-work-and-decide-for-yourself “I don't read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.” Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST How can NC communities revive? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50086662/How-can-NC-communities-revive My wife and I recently spent a long weekend in New York City celebrating our wedding anniversary. It's amazing how time flies: This is No. 34, thank you! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Stress inspires a call to the wilderness http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50071101/Stress-inspires-a-call-to-the-wilderness In my life, the internal call to the wilderness — to the trees — is my reminder that life has gotten too hectic, too stressful and it's time to slow down and sooth my soul. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Both camps collaborate on job skills bill http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50070727/Both-camps-collaborate-on-job-skills-bill As your Representative, it's a priority of mine to build relationships across the aisle and find pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our nation. Now — more than ever – our families, our students, our workers and our veterans... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Report a reminder of misplaced priorities http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50059847/Report-a-reminder-of-misplaced-priorities While folks inside the beltline in Raleigh were parsing every rumor about the budget dance between House and Senate leaders, a new national report provided a stark reminder of just how out of touch the negotiators in the corner rooms of the... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Welfare should not be hidden in tax code http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50059328/Welfare-should-not-be-hidden-in-tax-code When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Bill forces counties into false choice http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50043612/Bill-forces-counties-into-false-choice Plans to finance both public education and transit at the local level would be stopped in their tracks under the version of legislation (House Bill 1224) that has emerged from the state Senate Finance Committee. The bill not only places a hard cap on... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Speech-stifling ordinance grants notable exemption http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50044275/Speech-stifling-ordinance-grants-notable-exemption On June 26, in McCullen v. Coakley, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law requiring pro-life activists to stay outside a 35-foot “buffer zone” around abortion clinics. Although the outcome of this landmark... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Good fire protection stems from great partnerships http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50043223/Good-fire-protection-stems-from-great-partnerships When government increases taxes there is a general push back from citizens. This year the Board of Commissioners voted to increase the fire tax from 2 cents to 5 cents, and the action was greeted with more support than outrage. Unlike most county... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST School board should be praised for discussion of system’s needs http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/313326/School-board-should-be-praised-for-discussion-of-systems-needs To the editor: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Where are the charges against owners of sweepstakes cafes? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/325648/Where-are-the-charges-against-owners-of-sweepstakes-cafes To the editor:Looking at the paper, I see that Scotland County again has the highest unemployment rate in the state, at 12.7 percent. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Ol’ Charley done found religion http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/326016/Ol-Charley-done-found-religion Last week we left Ol' Charley Perkins as mad as a setting hen 'cause he thought someone had poisoned his bear. Charley won't never much of a religious man anyway, no-sir-re. Why he never would go to Sunday school, church or revival... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Scotland offers plenty of things to do http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/326163/Scotland-offers-plenty-of-things-to-do “There's nothing to do in Scotland County!” Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Don’t let back-to-school tasks sneak up on you http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/312659/Dont-let-back-to-school-tasks-sneak-up-on-you Parents, if this is your first time at the back-to-school rodeo, let me share a few lessons my wife and I have learned the hard way. Chances are you'll be spending the next few weeks filling out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Where did all of NC’s new voters come from? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/312573/Where-did-all-of-NCs-new-voters-come-from “Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST No blessing for those who hurry http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5318034/No-blessing-for-those-who-hurry “Pole', pole' child … haraka, haraka, akuna baraka.” Slow down child. There is no blessing for those who hurry. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST