Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:56:12 EST 1800 2 ways to improve NC’s economy http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50624442/2-ways-to-improve-NCs-economy A strong state Earned Income Tax Credit and a robust minimum wage are twin pillars that together form the foundation of a stronger economy — even for those with low-income jobs. Unfortunately, North Carolina state leaders recently demolished one... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:20:14 EST U.S. must fight to eradicate ISIS http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50624272/U.S.-must-fight-to-eradicate-ISIS This week marked a very solemn date for our nation and a stark reminder that evil exists around the world. On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States of America fell victim to the most horrific terrorist attack in our history — an attack spurred by... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:20:12 EST Independent assessments needed http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50606664/Independent-assessments-needed RALEIGH — North Carolina's public schools have just released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly from districts eager to claim a large increase in... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:16:12 EST Coal ash commission not the problem http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50607264/Coal-ash-commission-not-the-problem Raleigh was abuzz this week with the decision by Gov. Pat McCrory to let the coal ash legislation passed by the General Assembly this summer become law without his signature. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:16:11 EST Contraception switch a con job http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50587809/Contraception-switch-a-con-job It's one of the great political wonders of 21st-century America: Nearly 50 years after the United States Supreme Court struck down the quasi-medieval laws of states that then barred even married couples from obtaining contraceptives, some... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:10:32 EST St. Andrews continues trend of diversity http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50590930/St.-Andrews-continues-trend-of-diversity As the new school year gets underway, the St. Andrews University campus and the barns at the Equestrian Center are alive again with faculty, staff, students (and horses!). While this year's entering class is slightly smaller than last... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:10:31 EST Old Grist Mills and big snakes http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50572108/Old-Grist-Mills-and-big-snakes I'm sure most of us have heard our elders talking about taking corn or wheat to a Grist Mill and having it ground into corn mill, flour or scratch feed for the chickens. This was a common practice during the 1800s and even through the first half... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:55:24 EST Education leaders to school community http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50571878/Education-leaders-to-school-community Located within 30 miles of where I sit at the Chamber of Commerce office, are the Scotland County Schools, Richmond Community College, St. Andrews University, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. These institutions are helping our... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:55:22 EST Scotland has made great strides to break down racial barriers http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/50572348/Scotland-has-made-great-strides-to-break-down-racial-barriers We attended a wake at the funeral home Friday night, but we listened to the Scots/Bulldogs game as much as possible on the radio. Then, we watched Channel 13's coverage of the game, including the touching report of Jaylend Ratliffe's... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:55:21 EST ‘Officer Friendly’ now a militarized policeman http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters/50575845/Officer-Friendly-now-a-militarized-policeman To the editor:Let's check our weaponry: 93,000 machine guns, 533 planes and helicopters, 180,000 magazine cartridges and 432 mine-resistant vehicles. OK, let's roll! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:55:19 EST In this election, every word counts http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50556252/In-this-election-every-word-counts First of all a warning: I am a Democrat. You cannot trust a partisan commentator to give an objective report on a political contest such as a debate between candidates for the United States Senate. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:40:13 EST Pipeline to boost 8th district http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50555686/Pipeline-to-boost-8th-district With the days still hot in North Carolina, it's hard to imagine turning on the heat, but winter's cold temperatures could bring increased demand for natural gas and increased energy costs for our families. I regularly hear concerns from... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:40:12 EST Crude labels don’t help political debate http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50539370/Crude-labels-dont-help-political-debate There's a bit of dark humor in the wacky world of online political discourse about how few back-and-forth comments it typically takes before someone accuses his or her adversary of being a Nazi, a communist or some other brand of... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:58:12 EST UNC system shows improvement http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50539505/UNC-system-shows-improvement When Republicans won their legislative majorities in 2010 and expanded them in 2012, they ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and reform. They've largely delivered on it. Tax and regulatory burdens are lower. State spending growth has been... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:58:11 EST Berger makes illogical bluster on Medicaid http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50522966/Berger-makes-illogical-bluster-on-Medicaid The folks in control of state government in North Carolina are having an increasingly difficult time justifying maybe the most ill-advised decision they have made in the last two years, the refusal to expand Medicaid and provide health care coverage... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:39:09 EST America living the age of hypocrisy http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50522232/America-living-the-age-of-hypocrisy When historians look back at this period of time what do you suppose it will be called — the age of hypocrisy? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:39:06 EST With fall comes festival lineup http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50487320/With-fall-comes-festival-lineup The Carolinas have more than a few places of singular beauty. But they have only one soul. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:35:07 EST Golf tourney to benefit county youth http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/50488103/Golf-tourney-to-benefit-county-youth I am so excited to share with you about our upcoming “Drive for Education” Golf Tournament. This is the 20th year for this tournament, which was started by chamber volunteers to support education in Scotland County. We are partnering with... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:35:08 EST OL’ Whiskers ruins a fishing trip http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50487162/OL-Whiskers-ruins-a-fishing-trip Last week my Dad, my uncle and I were paddling our new boat down Cartledge Creek to where it runs into the Pee Dee River. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:35:06 EST Will your kids inherit your debt? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50481103/Will-your-kids-inherit-your-debt Many people finally get around to writing a will in order to safeguard their assets for their heirs. But what if you've got the opposite problem: Your nest egg was decimated by the recession, bad investments or simply living longer than expected... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:12:08 EST