Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:34:42 EST 1800 Tourism season approaching for 8th district http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4521629/Tourism-season-approaching-for-8th-district This week and next, the House is in recess so it is great to be back home in North Carolina. This past weekend I was incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Grand Marshall and Honorary Starter for the NHRA Four-Wide... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Who opposes school choice — and why? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4521747/Who-opposes-school-choice--and-why Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST First young leader’s meeting a success http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4521854/First-young-leaders-meeting-a-success A few weeks ago I decided to contact young leaders from my five-county senate district and invite them to come together. Many of them are taking on leadership roles within their communities in business, in government, in education, within the legal... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST May 1 is deadline for election letters http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/4509076/May-1-is-deadline-for-election-letters The Laurinburg Exchange welcomes letters or guest columns regarding the May 6 primary, but no letters about that election will be published after May 1. The deadline to submit letters to the editor concerning the primary is April 29, but to best... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Scotland County’s tourism revenue explained http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4497624/Scotland-Countys-tourism-revenue-explained A few weeks ago, I presented some data and research that probably surprised some people: The insight that travel & tourism in Scotland County generated a total economic impact of $38.78 million in 2013, accounts for 350 jobs in our community, and... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST University production puts community talents on display http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/4487054/University-production-puts-community-talents-on-display To the editor: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Citizen group wants Malloy to fill board’s vacated seat http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/4486823/Citizen-group-wants-Malloy-to-fill-boards-vacated-seat To the editor: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST School board candidate answers forum questions http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4487419/School-board-candidate-answers-forum-questions Unfortunately, I was unable to attend our community forum last week due to a prior commitment to the students I teach at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Thanks to my high school friend and colleague, Aku Opata, who took notes for me... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Laurinburg After Five moves to Fridays http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/4486535/Laurinburg-After-Five-moves-to-Fridays I am excited to share with you again for this year what we have planned for our Murphy Brown Laurinburg After Five (LAF) events. It will be a fun year with great bands, lots of children's activities, and best of all (at least in my opinion) a... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The problem isn’t ‘stepping on toes’ http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4477018/The-problem-isnt-stepping-on-toes Gov. Pat McCrory seems to think that every time people in Raleigh have questions about one of his proposals, it is because he is courageously “stepping on toes” of people in entrenched institutions who refuse to consider doing things... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST For teachers, a slide of job satisfaction http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4477670/For-teachers-a-slide-of-job-satisfaction In the classroom, nothing beats a good teacher. Abundant research affirms teacher quality as the most significant in-school predictor of student achievement. Teachers know they have the power to leave a profound imprint on the minds of students; for... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST ‘Thanks’ an incomplete expression of gratitude http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4474608/Thanks-an-incomplete-expression-of-gratitude “Thanks for your service.” Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST FCC could challenge state network laws http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4158440/FCC-could-challenge-state-network-laws In February, Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler declared that the North Carolina General Assembly had no authority to determine telecommunications policy in North Carolina. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Country must rein in over-spending http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4158572/Country-must-rein-in-over-spending This week, I heard from countless constituents concerned with Washington's out-of-control spending and unsurmountable debt. I'd like to share a letter I received from a constituent in Concord: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST NC should open comeback to all http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4140992/NC-should-open-comeback-to-all The folks currently running things in North Carolina keep touting what they describe as the Carolina Comeback, unemployed workers flocking to all the jobs they say have been created by the policies of the General Assembly and the McCrory... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST America suffering from political apathy http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4140914/America-suffering-from-political-apathy Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines apathy as a state of indifference or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Upping overtime threshold will hurt workers http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4119094/Upping-overtime-threshold-will-hurt-workers President Obama has announced that, through executive order, he will be changing the rules regarding which employees have to be given overtime pay for working more than 40 hours per week. Under current regulations, all hourly employees who work more... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Sugar rush takes its toll on a busy mom http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4131829/Sugar-rush-takes-its-toll-on-a-busy-mom We've begun the season loved and hated by sugar junkies all over the country. We move with ease from Halloween candy to Thanksgiving pies to Christmas Cookies to Valentine's chocolate to Easter jelly beans and chocolate bunnies … and... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Airport seeks to build on storied past http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4081597/Airport-seeks-to-build-on-storied-past Did you know that during the Civil War when a portion of General Sherman's Army was making its march from Columbia to Raleigh, their route carried them over the land that would eventually serve a critical role in our nation's defense? Did... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Social Security expedites disability benefits http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4131973/Social-Security-expedites-disability-benefits The World Health Organization held the first World Health Assembly in 1948, and, beginning in 1950, every year on April 7 the world comes together to observe World Health Day. Each year, World Health Day focuses on a particular subject of interest to... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST