Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:51:06 EST 1800 Sony’s decision sets dangerous precedent for US http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/editorial-opinion/150953156/Sonys-decision-sets-dangerous-precedent-for-US No matter your opinion on Sony's decision to pull its Christmas Day release of The Interview, we all should be able to agree that it sets a dangerous precedent for others who would explore destructive ways of voicing their... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:12:14 EST Working through grief on the holidays http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150951437/Working-through-grief-on-the-holidays This Christmas — like Christmases of the past — thousands of people in our area will celebrate their first Christmas or Christmas dinner without a special loved one. They will stare blankly at an empty seat and feel the loss. Death will... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:12:12 EST Virtual schools get state’s approval http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150953277/Virtual-schools-get-states-approval North Carolina schoolchildren may be attending classes on their home computers next year, after a state education committee moved the applications of two proposed virtual charter schools forward Wednesday. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:12:09 EST Commissioners’ fiscal restraint a good sign http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150936836/Commissioners-fiscal-restraint-a-good-sign Better keep a close eye on our Scotland County Commissioners, recently they actually have been acting much like conservative Republicans. The Scotland County Board of Education recently requested access to a $2 million loan for expanding Washington... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:08:10 EST Holiday music recalls cherished memories http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150938925/Holiday-music-recalls-cherished-memories The sounds of the season are everywhere. Traditional carols, contemporary pieces, religious cantatas, popular tunes, childhood favorites — I love them all! At this time of year, Christmas music fills the house as I wrap packages and do chores. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:08:09 EST LETTER: University of Phoenix fills void for non-traditional students http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/150927460/LETTER:-University-of-Phoenix-fills-void-for-non-traditional-students This letter is in response to a column that appeared in the Dec. 16 edition of the Laurinburg Exchange - editor.To the editor: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:21:06 EST City’s heart remains its best asset http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150927341/Citys-heart-remains-its-best-asset As we conclude another year, I want to wish everyone a very joyful holiday season and Merry Christmas from the city of Laurinburg. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:21:05 EST The time that Bubba went rabbit hunting http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150902622/The-time-that-Bubba-went-rabbit-hunting I've seemed to own hunting dogs for most of my life. It all started on Christmas Day when I was only 5 years old. Wouldn't you know it, Santa left me two beagle pups all cuddled up in a cardboard box under the Christmas tree. From then on... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:55:15 EST Talented volunteers make a successful Chamber http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150902514/Talented-volunteers-make-a-successful-Chamber It was Winston Churchill who said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” This is true in our professional lives as well as our personal lives. When thinking about volunteering and giving of time, it is easy to... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:55:11 EST Laws need to rein in for-profit colleges http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150884311/Laws-need-to-rein-in-for-profit-colleges We've all that had that moment when we see a television commercial for a for-profit college, like the University of Phoenix or ITT Technical Institute, and suddenly we're overcome by a feeling that something's not quite right —... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:24:11 EST Parental involvement leads to student success http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150884497/Parental-involvement-leads-to-student-success Cultural catchphrases for parenting styles abound. From the “tiger mom” to the newly coined “guerrilla dad,” each purports to capture a distinct set of parenting behaviors. Even the micromanagerial methods of the... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:24:11 EST Holding on to humanity amid conflict http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150883694/Holding-on-to-humanity-amid-conflict “What is our tolerance for brutality?” Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:24:08 EST Dealing with grief over the holidays http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150868834/Dealing-with-grief-over-the-holidays While the holidays are a fun time for most of us, filled with family, food and traditions, they can be difficult for people who have experienced the death of someone they loved. This time of year can emphasize their grief, and friends and family may... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:49:11 EST Obama’s actions an abuse of power http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150868722/Obamas-actions-an-abuse-of-power Our country is at a critical crossroads, and we must ensure that when we face the tough choices, we are making fiscally responsible, intelligent decisions to promote more good-paying jobs, to move our economy forward, and to make life better for folks... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:49:10 EST Wage raise will lead to job loss http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150855448/Wage-raise-will-lead-to-job-loss Correct ideas are not always popular ones. I freely admit that most North Carolinians favor increasing the legal minimum wage, through either congressional or legislative action. Supporters believe that it will help workers rise out of poverty, and... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:28:06 EST Seven questions for Gov. McCrory http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150853392/Seven-questions-for-Gov.-McCrory Governor Pat McCrory is busy giving year-end interviews to local television stations, talking about what his administration accomplished in 2014 and what his priorities are for next year. There have been few surprises in the interviews, mostly the... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:28:05 EST Students benefit from RCC experience http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150845046/Students-benefit-from-RCC-experience Earlier this year, a new transfer agreement between North Carolina community colleges and the University of North Carolina system went into effect. The net result: moving from one of the state's 58 community college to one of the 16 public... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:58:11 EST Notorious Scottish reputation well-earned http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/editorial/150843452/Notorious-Scottish-reputation-well-earned After living in four different states during my four decades of journalism, and working in several foreign countries, it is appropriate that my return to North Carolina would lead to a job in Scotland County. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:58:09 EST Hunting in a Winter Wonderland http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150816201/Hunting-in-a-Winter-Wonderland In past stories I've mentioned the different seasons of the year we are blessed with. In this week's story I want to paint you a beautiful picture and tell you of some of my many experiences on the Pee Dee River in the... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:49:09 EST NC leads in economic development http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150771324/NC-leads-in-economic-development What do Colorado, Texas, Utah, Massachusetts, and North Carolina have in common? Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:54:06 EST