Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:36:32 EST 1800 Squirrels are hardy creatures, given a little love http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/152536375/Squirrels-are-hardy-creatures-given-a-little-love After reading the “Squirrel Whisperer Gains New Patient” article in the March 29 issue of the Laurinburg Exchange, I say, hooray for Laurinburg native Jim Williamson and his rescue of Rocky, the non-flying squirrel. I loved the last words... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:11:12 EST Three drunks and a river snake http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152531948/Three-drunks-and-a-river-snake Last Friday, spring officially came around. Spring is a wonderful season of the year unless you have allergies. Why, folks are taking to the water, planting gardens, tending flowers and it's just a good time to get out of the house. One reason I... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:21:19 EST Chamber’s sweep encourages cleaner streets http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152531769/Chambers-sweep-encourages-cleaner-streets As I drive down some of our streets, I think back to my school days and I can't remember the class that taught me to throw trash out the window. As a matter of fact, I'm quite sure that my mama would have been judge and jury had I done... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:36:11 EST A quest for NC home cookin’ http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152505057/A-quest-for-NC-home-cookin Come on and go to Norlina with me!Before you ask where Norlina is, and why should you want to go there, let me explain. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:41:11 EST Scotland has strong showing at NC Senate http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152478246/Scotland-has-strong-showing-at-NC-Senate It has been a very busy week here in Raleigh with bills being written, filed, and passed. On top of that, we had NC Agriculture Awareness Day, NC League of Municipalities Day, and NC Electric Cooperatives Day. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:36:12 EST EPA threatens property rights http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152478459/EPA-threatens-property-rights All across the country last week, we joined together to celebrate National Agriculture Day and recognize the tremendous impact America's agriculture community has on our daily lives. From the fields to our kitchen tables, to the clothes we wear... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:36:11 EST Retirement plans and tax options http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152453706/Retirement-plans-and-tax-options Last week the Legal Corner discussed employment tax regulations for employers and how to distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor. This week we will discuss the different types of retirement plans available to individuals through... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:46:14 EST Progress calls for comprehensive plan http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152453989/Progress-calls-for-comprehensive-plan Back in the late 1890s my grandfather, John McDougald, was a noted gun restorer. He had a small shop located beside the railroad in downtown Laurinburg. “Papa” was known to have been able to fix anything, and he kept many guns and rifles... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:46:14 EST NC sees upward trend in job growth http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152433930/NC-sees-upward-trend-in-job-growth According to a recent High Point University poll, North Carolinians feel better about the direction of the economy than they have in many years. According to just-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolinians seem to have a... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:36:18 EST Partisanship robs state of teaching fellows http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152433505/Partisanship-robs-state-of-teaching-fellows If you are looking for an example of how the pettiness and bitter partisanship of the folks currently running North Carolina have hurt the state, it's hard to find a more illustrative one than the decision to end the North Carolina Teaching... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:36:17 EST Warm weather signals Fool’s arrival http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152409785/Warm-weather-signals-Fools-arrival Spring is a time when an old man acting a little foolish might be overlooked. If the spring fever hasn't caught you yet, just hold on. The spring equinox — the exact moment when the sun is directly over the equator — is at 6:45 p.m. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:36:14 EST Before spreading gossip, think of the consequences http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152402639/Gossip-rumors-can-drive-out-business Have you ever been in a conversation that began with “Did you hear about?” The person went on to tell you a negative story about a company or a CEO. Later that day or week, you continued to hear stories from others, however, the incident... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:26:23 EST Mose and the Mighty Clouds of Harmony http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152402813/Mose-and-the-Mighty-Clouds-of-Harmony Most folks at Scotia Village know Mose Ladson only as the stately gentleman who drives the bus and van delivering residents to the symphony, to Walmart and Harris Teeter or to out-of town medical appointments. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:26:21 EST Case a precedent for officers with improper oaths http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/152406883/Case-a-precedent-for-officers-with-improper-oaths Last week, a Maxton man was sentenced for attacking a roomful of jailers as he was being booked into the Scotland County jail last year. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:26:20 EST Who and what do you believe? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152377037/Who-and-what-do-you-believe Last week, two men claimed they had been robbed of about $5 million worth of gold bars they were transporting along I-95 in Wilson County. According to their story, when they pulled over on I-95 to fix their truck or attend to an illness, three armed... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:41:15 EST Take advantage of constituent services http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152377504/Take-advantage-of-constituent-services When I'm in Washington, I work to advance policies that will boost our economy, reduce our debt, and bring jobs home to North Carolina. As soon as I finish attending committee hearings and voting, I make it a priority to return home to our... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:41:14 EST Civil War a lesson not to be forgotten http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152350080/Civil-War-a-lesson-not-to-be-forgotten The invasion of Union Gen. William T. Sherman's 60,000-man army through the Lumber River Valley in March 1865 marks the last time in the region's history that residents of what is now Scotland County had to live under the rule of a hostile... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:21:16 EST LETTER: Back up ideas for Laurel Hill center with action http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/152335589/LETTER:-Back-up-ideas-for-Laurel-Hill-center-with-action To the editor: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:56:11 EST Employers face myriad tax obligations http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152327075/Employers-face-myriad-tax-obligations Last week the Legal Corner discussed tax regulations for self-employed individuals and some of the available deductions. This week we will discuss employment tax regulations for employers, including distinguishing between independent contractors and... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:06:13 EST Tax cuts should be all-inclusive http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152305395/Tax-cuts-should-be-all-inclusive If North Carolina's tax burden has no effect on business decisions and the performance of the economy, as left-of-center politicians and editorialists have repeatedly insisted, then why are they so enamored with targeted tax breaks? Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:56:14 EST