Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:59:10 EST 1800 When Lumbees ran the Klan out of town The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration last week overshadowed the anniversary of a local strike against racism 57 years ago that captured the attention of the entire world. What may now perhaps be counted as a footnote in the civil rights movement... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:56:12 EST Annual meeting a tribute to Scotland County Last week was a great week for your Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce! It was the week where we took a night to reflect on 2014 and celebrated the great leadership from Nick Sojka. We also took time to look forward with our new... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:16:13 EST Untold hazards of working for the state Last time I wrote about the ice storm that hit the Sandhills in 1968. Well if that wasn't enough ice, we had another big one in Feb. 1969. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:06:18 EST Recordkeeping key for farm success In order to get ready for the 2015 farm season, it is important for farm managers to have in place a complete and accurate farm records system in order to make informed management decisions that will help maintain or improve farm business... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:41:13 EST Ross could follow in Friday’s steps “He's got great job security,” someone asserted a few years ago when UNC President Tom Ross's job first seemed to be at risk after the party affiliation of UNC's board of governors changed. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:41:12 EST Obama out of touch with America As you know, last week President Obama addressed the nation in his annual State of the Union speech to lay out his agenda for the year ahead. I was honored to have Cabarrus County Sherriff Brad Riley as my guest to represent all of North... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:16:16 EST Love for reading enriches life Over the past few weeks, I have curled up with several good books — and I do mean books, not electronic versions read from screens, but actual, printed volumes with covers and pages filled with interesting narratives. I relish this time, and I... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:16:12 EST McCrory is still not in charge Last Friday was supposed to be a moment for Governor Pat McCrory to shine, to stand in front of the UNC Board of Governors and unveil another part of his strategy to create jobs, to keep what he calls the Carolina Comeback in the... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:01:15 EST Regulations OK’d under the radar Do you remember the 2014 news stories about the disappearance of the Malaysian airliner? The Ferguson unrest? ISIS terrorists? The Ebola outbreak? How about the Ukraine conflict? The U.S. midterm elections? Of course you do: news media kept these... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:56:12 EST A politician and a mule named Horace One of my favorite professors at the UNC School of Journalism was Mac Secrest, a former newspaper editor from South Carolina's Pee Dee region. Mac won professional acclaim in the 1950s. His editorials advocating the racial integration of schools... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:21:12 EST Free speech should enhance civil discourse Last month North Korea responded to “The Interview” with a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, hackers wreaking havoc, threatening free speech by intimidating movie theaters. When Sony cancelled the picture's release, we united. We have... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:16:14 EST Proudly, but not with enthusiasm “Fired with enthusiasm.” Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:36:11 EST Read tax claims with skepticism I don't exercise my editorial muscles as much as I used to, and even when editing was part of my daily routine, I was never as tough on my writers as I probably should have been. To the extent I succeeded, however, it was because I am by nature... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:36:11 EST Bill blocks amnesty measures It's hard to forget the first job you ever had and the invaluable lessons it embeds in your mind. For me, my first job was working construction every summer with my father. I'd be lying to you if I said I woke up every day itching to get... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:46:11 EST GOP shows penchant for closed meetings Republican legislative leaders have already set a troubling tone for the 2015 session of the General Assembly with their decision to meet this week behind closed doors in Kannapolis to discuss education policy and listen to right-wing advocates opine... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:46:14 EST GOP isn’t doing itself any favors A year remains before the Iowa Caucus kicks off the next presidential election campaign and I am weary of it already. If I were a betting man, I'd bet the Democratic Party nomination to follow President Obama in office is Hillary Clinton's... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:16:16 EST UNC in hot water over admissions Another wave of bad publicity and legal questions isn't what the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill needs. But that's exactly what the school is getting, thanks to its longstanding and troubling use of race as a major factor in... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:26:20 EST When power went out in the Sandhills In 1966, I had finished high school and taken a nine month Electrical Lineman course at Central Carolina Technical College. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:06:14 EST Stick to your 2015 game plan One of my favorite things about each New Year is that it allows us a sense of renewal and a chance to start fresh. It's a time when most of us resolve or intend to leave the past behind and move forward. This is the year we will start doing more... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:06:12 EST Politics, literature come together Is my weekly column supposed to be about books or about politics? Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:51:11 EST