Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:14:42 EST 1800 Citizens have responsibility to be educated http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150696382/Citizens-have-responsibility-to-be-educated Did you ever use “double speak” on your children when they brought up a subject that was, we'll say, inappropriate for their age or maturity? Basically, you would try to change the subject by injecting meaningless rhetoric. Well this... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:47:30 EST Politicians’ charity dries up fast http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150696443/Politicians-charity-dries-up-fast The holiday season is upon us and that means another annual event is here again too, the once-a-year appeal by political leaders to help the same low-income people their policies ignore or punish the rest of the year. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:47:18 EST A thank-you to local leaders http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150688688/A-thank-you-to-local-leaders As many of you know, “Target Laurinburg” is a community-based program organized to bring together various public and private entities and individuals in an effort to most effectively and efficiently target and recruit companies to move to... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:44:04 EST A thank-you to our readers http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/editorial-opinion/150689429/A-thank-you-to-our-readers What tops our gratitude list? Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:44:03 EST Cold enough for a hog killing http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150652343/Cold-enough-for-a-hog-killing When I was growing up on the farm there was a season for everything. Some examples would be garden planting time, corn and tobacco planting time, blackberry picking time, time to cut firewood for next year and, of course, hog-killing... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:26:06 EST Now is time for Medicaid expansion http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150669380/Now-is-time-for-Medicaid-expansion The decision last year by the conservatives who control North Carolina's state government not to expand the state's Medicaid program has left an estimated half-million residents out in the cold when it comes to health insurance —... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:37:09 EST Thanks due to local employers http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150668544/Thanks-due-to-local-employers What comes to mind when you think of Campbell Soup, Service Thread, FCC North Carolina, Hanesbrand, Butler, Carolina Container, Carolina Crating, Charles Craft, Kordsa, Murphy Brown, Pilkington, Pioneer, Zoetis, WePack Logistics, Scotland... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:37:07 EST Heroes united before Thanksgiving http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150628234/Heroes-united-before-Thanksgiving Families and friends will soon gather around their tables to celebrate Thanksgiving. This special holiday originated from the first harvest of the new world — a time when the Pilgrims and Native Americans joined together in fellowship to feast... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:11:09 EST North Carolina’s new fracking rules fall short http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/150633496/North-Carolinas-new-fracking-rules-fall-short The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission issued its final vote on proposed changes to the rules regulating the process of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas — i.e. fracking — last Friday. As you've probably heard by now, the... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:11:03 EST The life-saving success of the ACA http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150615603/The-life-saving-success-of-the-ACA You'd never know it from the overheated political rhetoric of the Right these days, but thousands of people in North Carolina have been signing up for health care coverage since the new enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act began last... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:13:06 EST No victory parade, yet http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150615360/No-victory-parade-yet Although I support the tax cuts and other fiscal policies adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory over the past two years, I have repeatedly urged policymakers and commentators alike to avoid making grandiose claims about... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:13:04 EST Dispelling myths about hospice http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150596457/Dispelling-myths-about-hospice Each November, hospice organizations around the world celebrate National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. You might wonder why I chose the word “celebrate” in conjunction with this annual observance — but in fact, there is much to... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:21:12 EST Downtown gears up for new look http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150595918/Downtown-gears-up-for-new-look Downtown Laurinburg will look very different this holiday season. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:21:10 EST Why dad was held back http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150580350/Why-dad-was-held-back The 2014 World Series hasn't been over long. Both teams played their hearts out to be the world champions. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:48:13 EST Gratitude can unlock true joy http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150580104/Gratitude-can-unlock-true-joy Recently I read a blog which really resonated with me and I thought it would be something many of you may read and appreciate as well. This is a recent column, Gratitude: The Antidote for Greed, which is a post at Mary Hunt's Everyday Cheapskate... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:48:09 EST LETTER: Antonio Blue thanks supporters http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/150581757/LETTER:-Antonio-Blue-thanks-supporters To the editor:I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the voters who supported the principles for which I stand in the 2014 midterm elections. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:54:04 EST LETTER: Last month’s festival was a well-organized success http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/150579911/LETTER:-Last-months-festival-was-a-well-organized-success To the editor:Even though this letter relates to Halloween and it is now late November, it is important to me to draw your attention to the subject. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:11:04 EST LETTER: Kersey’s campaign based on defamation of Jones’ character http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150564727/LETTER:-Kerseys-campaign-based-on-defamation-of-Jones-character To the editor: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:03:13 EST Honoring veterans a personal mission http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150568171/Honoring-veterans-a-personal-mission Last week's series on World War II veterans living in Scotland County, which began the previous Saturday, Nov. 8, with a profile of Clarence Coughenour, is one of the most personally gratifying projects I've written in my 40 years of... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:03:13 EST Jim Leutze wants his state back http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150559979/Jim-Leutze-wants-his-state-back “I am mad as hell and I want my state back.” Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:03:12 EST