Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Wed, 1 Oct 2014 23:25:59 EST 1800 UNCP invests in regional growth http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150017287/UNCP-invests-in-regional-growth Over the past two months, thousands of students began or returned to their collegiate studies at one of the 16 campuses of the UNC system, which includes The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. What has likely motivated these thousands of... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:02:07 EST A wild horse and a lying cowboy http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50815416/A-wild-horse-and-a-lying-cowboy Last week I talked about wheeling and dealing with small animals. This week we're moving on up to horses. You see, buying and selling horses has been going on just about ever since man rode or worked the first horses. Why, it seems like people... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:06:14 EST Website offers help for job-seekers http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50815566/Website-offers-help-for-job-seekers Searching for a job is never an easy task; however, in the state of North Carolina, our Department of Workforce Solutions has tried making this daunting task as easy as possible for both the job seeker and the employer. Have you checked out their... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:06:14 EST Politicians vs statesmen http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50766982/Politicians-vs-statesmen These days we seem to have an ample harvest of politicians but our crop of statesmen seems to be drought stricken.Aren't they the same you might ask? Consider these facts before you make that decision. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:32:06 EST A more interesting senate race, in fiction http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50802163/A-more-interesting-senate-race-in-fiction While you are watching U.S. Senate campaign television ads, occasionally interrupted by brief segments of programming, do you ever wonder what goes on inside the candidates' campaign organizations? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:14:10 EST Cribb should be thanked for efforts to expose fraud http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/50766488/Cribb-should-be-thanked-for-efforts-to-expose-fraud To the editor: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:12:18 EST Global meat production a cause of climate change http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/50766680/Global-meat-production-a-cause-of-climate-change To the editor:Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands marched throughout the world demanding action on climate change. One hundred and 20 world leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations summit on climate change. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:12:17 EST Too early to judge highway plan http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50768848/Too-early-to-judge-highway-plan Fiscal conservatives tend to look askance at large issuances of public debt. In this sentiment, they are in good company. “I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse,” wrote James Madison, “and in a Republican... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:12:16 EST NC’s new poverty data sobering http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50774192/NCs-new-poverty-data-sobering Poverty remained high in North Carolina last year, according to new Census Bureau data released last week. The new data highlight that many people have not benefited from the state's weak economic recovery and that North Carolina must do more to... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:12:07 EST Little-known cuts by McCrory http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50755615/Little-known-cuts-by-McCrory Most of the heated debate this fall about the decisions made by the folks in charge of the General Assembly for the last few years has focused on a handful of big issues, funding cuts to public schools, new restrictions on abortion services, lower... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:11:15 EST Tourism has high impact in Scotland http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50754759/Tourism-has-high-impact-in-Scotland Each fiscal year, the North Carolina Department of Commerce monitors and reports tourism expenditures for every county in the state. The department takes into account travelers that come into the county and, by researching average expenditures in... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:11:09 EST Wheeling, dealing and sometimes winning http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50741580/Wheeling-dealing-and-sometimes-winning I've made a lot of trades and deals in my life time. No, not paper stocks and bonds but livestock, dogs, tractors, guns and such. Anything I thought I could possibly make a dollar or two on I would get. Buy cheap, sell high or get something... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:50:20 EST Chamber website gets facelift http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50741187/Chamber-website-gets-facelift Have you checked out our website lately? If not, I encourage you to do so. Jennifer McRae has been working with Philippe Laurent to put together a new look for our web presence and it looks great! This is a project we began working on over a year ago... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:50:19 EST How Scotland connected NC to the modern world http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50722295/How-Scotland-connected-NC-to-the-modern-world Did North Carolinians have a stake in the outcome of last week's referendum in Scotland? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:17:13 EST Bill helps to curb aviation fees http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50721608/Bill-helps-to-curb-aviation-fees I ran for Congress so I could fight for the people of North Carolina's eighth district. Like so many of you, I felt like Washington was not listening to us and our government was at a standstill, paralyzed by partisanship and politics. Since my... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:17:10 EST Building a path back to power http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50703892/Building-a-path-back-to-power North Carolina progressives have earned a good deal of deserved praise at the national level over the last year or so for their spirited resistance to the conservative political takeover that has afflicted our state. Let's hope that resistance... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:06:21 EST Low wages beat no wages http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50705311/Low-wages-beat-no-wages Labor unions and “moral” activists once again have convinced a few of the poorest and least educated workers in the Triangle to walk off their jobs and demand publicly that they all be priced out of work and their jobs be taken by... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:06:20 EST Being gay still a fireable offense http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50690330/Being-gay-still-a-fireable-offense North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger made headlines recently for suggesting that firing people from their jobs solely because they are gay is one of the “freedoms we enjoy” as Americans. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:13:12 EST School funds increased under Tillis http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50690106/School-funds-increased-under-Tillis Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan's... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:13:09 EST Clean water should not be taken for granted http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50670932/Clean-water-should-not-be-taken-for-granted The coal ash problem in North Carolina was here long before the Dan River spill in February. This is a decades-old problem — one that should not take decades to correct. Senate Bill 729, the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 passed, making North... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:52:11 EST