Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 4 Mar 2015 01:53:07 EST 1800 A thank-you to Chamber members Thank you, thank you, thank you. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 12:21:11 EST 150 years ago today, executions set Lowry War into motion A tragic travesty of justice occurred 150 years ago today, just as Sherman's Army was mucking its way out of South Carolina headed through the Lumber River Valley for Fayetteville. The Confederate Home Guard, led by a resident of what is now... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 06:31:20 EST Congress must defund amnesty More than three months ago, President Barack Obama took unprecedented executive action to grant amnesty to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants. As I've said before, I do not agree with the president's executive actions on immigration, and... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:41:12 EST Economic developer has a big role to play If there's one thing that can be learned from the recent search by Sanderson Farms for a suitable location for a new chicken processing plant, it's that any new industry expected to bring 1,000 jobs and invest millions in a community will... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:56:15 EST A profitable job offer refused Apparently I was a storyteller long before I knew I was a storyteller. At the age of 10 I was determined I would be a professional wrestler. On a summer day in Nova Scotia, I sat on a log in the middle of the woods with my brother Brian. He was 24 and... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:01:16 EST Tax shift in NC continues State lawmakers are targeting cash-strapped homeowners as they continue to pursue tax changes that would shift even more of the tax load to low- and middle-income taxpayers, while preserving tax benefits that have largely flowed to the wealthy and... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:06:16 EST Tax changes in effect this year It is officially tax season! By now you should have received your W-2s and additional tax documents needed to correctly file your 2014 tax returns. Let's take an overall look at some of the important tax changes that took effect for the 2014 tax... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:06:14 EST Good news from low gas prices As of this writing, the price of gasoline in the Raleigh area has reached lows of less than $2 a gallon, and many states are seeing prices lower than that. Globally, in the last year, the per-barrel price of oil has fallen from more than $100 a barrel... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:06:13 EST Rural America a mix of success, challenges There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980's farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:41:18 EST Lessons we can learn from failure I think we're all familiar with the W. C. Fields quote, “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.” Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:41:12 EST Music barn a down-home treasure The other Tuesday my wife and I had some business in Moore County, around Robbins. It was around 5 p.m., and our business taken care of, we decided to turn east on N.C. 24/27 toward Carthage and visit our good friend Clyde Maness down at Maness... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:41:11 EST Two NC stories about the ’57 Chevy What is it about a 1957 Chevrolet?Like The New York Times offering on its store page a scale model, “1957 Bel Air 50th Anniversary Edition $99.95. Numbered, limited edition of 1,957.” Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:56:11 EST Amnesty action unconstitutional As you know, there is an ongoing debate over the legality of President Obama's unprecedented executive action to grant amnesty to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants. I stand firm in my belief that Obama's actions are not only... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:46:12 EST Grades a step towards transparency In 2013, the N.C. General Assembly implemented an A-F school grading system for all public schools in the state. Two years later, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction has released school performance grades for the first time. These grades reflect... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:01:12 EST LETTER: School system’s low grades concerning To the editor: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:51:13 EST Liberals should do their homework Upon reading Rep. Garland Pierce's opinion piece in the Feb. 7 issue titled “McCrory out of touch,” it appeared that he was being rushed by perhaps a previous obligation as he used “I want to say quickly” to lead his... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:51:12 EST Economy dominates governors races Governors make lots of decisions. They propose budgets. They hire Cabinet secretaries and other key officials. They appoint members to governing boards. They sign or veto bills. They offer or withhold clemency to criminals. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:46:19 EST Zeb Vance, master of sarcasm My last name often prompts questions about whether I am a member of the Pate family from Laurel Hill. Soon after I began working at this newspaper in August, I was sent to various public functions at which people routinely wear a self-adhesive name... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:46:18 EST McCrory makes disturbing workers comp claims One of the most startling claims made by Governor Pat McCrory in his State of the State address to the General Assembly earlier this month was his statement about problems with the way worker's compensation claims were paid to state... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:46:11 EST Network offers companionship, support I remember graduating from High Point University and going to work for the High Point Chamber of Commerce. It seemed that everywhere I went I was always the youngest person in the room. A lot of what I was involved in was required because of my... 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