Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:49:34 EST 1800 Report a reminder of misplaced priorities http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50059847/Report-a-reminder-of-misplaced-priorities While folks inside the beltline in Raleigh were parsing every rumor about the budget dance between House and Senate leaders, a new national report provided a stark reminder of just how out of touch the negotiators in the corner rooms of the... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Welfare should not be hidden in tax code http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50059328/Welfare-should-not-be-hidden-in-tax-code When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Bill forces counties into false choice http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50043612/Bill-forces-counties-into-false-choice Plans to finance both public education and transit at the local level would be stopped in their tracks under the version of legislation (House Bill 1224) that has emerged from the state Senate Finance Committee. The bill not only places a hard cap on... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Speech-stifling ordinance grants notable exemption http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50044275/Speech-stifling-ordinance-grants-notable-exemption On June 26, in McCullen v. Coakley, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law requiring pro-life activists to stay outside a 35-foot “buffer zone” around abortion clinics. Although the outcome of this landmark... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Good fire protection stems from great partnerships http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50043223/Good-fire-protection-stems-from-great-partnerships When government increases taxes there is a general push back from citizens. This year the Board of Commissioners voted to increase the fire tax from 2 cents to 5 cents, and the action was greeted with more support than outrage. Unlike most county... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST School board should be praised for discussion of system’s needs http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/313326/School-board-should-be-praised-for-discussion-of-systems-needs To the editor: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Where are the charges against owners of sweepstakes cafes? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/325648/Where-are-the-charges-against-owners-of-sweepstakes-cafes To the editor:Looking at the paper, I see that Scotland County again has the highest unemployment rate in the state, at 12.7 percent. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Ol’ Charley done found religion http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/326016/Ol-Charley-done-found-religion Last week we left Ol' Charley Perkins as mad as a setting hen 'cause he thought someone had poisoned his bear. Charley won't never much of a religious man anyway, no-sir-re. Why he never would go to Sunday school, church or revival... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Scotland offers plenty of things to do http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/326163/Scotland-offers-plenty-of-things-to-do “There's nothing to do in Scotland County!” Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Don’t let back-to-school tasks sneak up on you http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/312659/Dont-let-back-to-school-tasks-sneak-up-on-you Parents, if this is your first time at the back-to-school rodeo, let me share a few lessons my wife and I have learned the hard way. Chances are you'll be spending the next few weeks filling out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Where did all of NC’s new voters come from? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/312573/Where-did-all-of-NCs-new-voters-come-from “Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST No blessing for those who hurry http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5318034/No-blessing-for-those-who-hurry “Pole', pole' child … haraka, haraka, akuna baraka.” Slow down child. There is no blessing for those who hurry. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The U.S. border must be secured http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5317981/The-U.S.-border-must-be-secured As many of you know, we currently have a crisis along our southern border. While the White House continues to claim that border security is at its strongest in history, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have illegally made their way into the... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Statistics the seed of a fruitful debate http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/5305345/Statistics-the-seed-of-a-fruitful-debate I'm told that while there is no firmly established gift tradition for a 28th anniversary, the modern practice is to signify the event with an orchid. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Disputes about teacher pay, Medicaid continue http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5305369/Disputes-about-teacher-pay-Medicaid-continue These are fascinating times in Raleigh for political junkies and folks in the public policy world, as House and Senate leaders of the same political party trade budget offers back and forth and Gov. Pat McCrory weighs in with strong words and photo... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST State partnership good news for Scotland http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5296834/State-partnership-good-news-for-Scotland There are many changes occurring, even as you read this, in reference to the way the North Carolina Department of Commerce handles economic development and more specifically, business recruitment. Recently, Gov. Pat McCory signed legislation that... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST EPA plan another method of control http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5297323/EPA-plan-another-method-of-control Search high and low on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website, including the boastful “By the Numbers” document tallying all the alleged benefits of new regulations designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and you... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST War on the poor becomes war on middle class http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5297676/War-on-the-poor-becomes-war-on-middle-class There are a lot of competitors when it comes to listing and ranking the most hard-hearted and destructive acts of the last couple of North Carolina General Assemblies and the first year and a half of the McCrory administration. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A list for legislators to build on http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5286024/A-list-for-legislators-to-build-on One of the more hopeful signs in the troubling political debate in North Carolina these days comes not from the finger-pointing budget dispute in Raleigh but from Mount Airy of all places — at a meeting of the local Rotary club there last... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST East Laurinburg residents continue to be targeted by property thieves http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/5283845/East-Laurinburg-residents-continue-to-be-targeted-by-property-thieves To the editor: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST