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Dollars and sense

It’s pretty easy to understand why folks — parents of school-age children especially — might be upset with the Republican- run General Assembly this week. After all, most by now would be looking forward to and planning their paths from store-to-store for the annual tax-free weekend.But for the first time in a number of years, North Carolina will not participate.

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Share your harvest with God

I am in the giving and helping business, and I am a member of I Am Inc.Meals, haircuts, bicycles, meat bundles and, coming soon, fruit to all races, creeds, color, rich, poor, churches of all denominations. This is what I try to make available.God doesn’t need your money. God’s people need your help. Here is a form of manipulated and confused.Giving the Lord 10 percent of your harvest was told by Moses. Read it yourself in Deuteronomy 14:22-29 R...

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Why incumbents get re-elected

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that “Congress’s approval rating has reached historic lows at least 12 .. .times since 2010.”

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So many transplanted voters now

So many new voters, where did they 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.So what? What difference does it make to us that almost half of North Carolina voters were born somewhere else?To begin to show the importance of such a large number of non-North Carolina natives participating in t...

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Grandma was a fly-killing machine

My grandmother hated flies, but it wouldn’t be fair to leave it at just that. Nowhere near as humorous, either.I thought about my grandmother the other day, when a fly began to dive-bomb my face for no apparent reason. As I spent the next several moments waving off its repeated attempts to annoy me, I suddenly heard my grandmother’s words: “Don’t just swat at it … kill it!”Don’t be taken aback. My grandmother, who passed away bac...

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Thanks for the memories

As I sat by the third base dugout at Leinwand park a few weeks back, I was overwhelmed with emotion as I realized that I was watching the last few pitches of my youngest son’s illustrious baseball career.My family has spent the last 12 springs cheering our three sons from coach-pitch through majors — and now, it’s over. Hard for us to believe.From the depths of our hearts, the McGill family would like to say “Thanks for the memories” to all ...

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Feeding the masses

Beginning with the next school year, almost all of Bladen County’s students will eat breakfast and/or lunch for free.

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A truly memorable weekend

A trip to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania this past weekend restored my belief that there are still good people out there, that God does have a plan that will amaze us and he always puts special people in our paths.The trip started out like any other. It was Friday evening and there were several of us in a van headed north on Interstate 95.About an hour into the ride, the van gave a “beep-beep” warning — which was promptly ignore by Tammy, who owne...

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Books … past, present, future

Why do we read books? For entertainment, of course, first and foremo...

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That’s a wrap

The N.C. Film exodus is officially under way.This was made clear when Aaron Syrett, director of the N.C. Film Office, confirmed he would be resigning his position, effective July 31. For seven years, Aaron’s leadership fostered a period of tremendous growth that was fueled by our current film incentives program.And during those years, we witnessed the making of films like “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Hunger Games” get made in North Carolin...

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Are we doomed to polarization?

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. ...

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The definition of ‘illegal’ is …

I have a friend in Upstate New York who was recently arrested after he tied one on, drove and hit a guardrail. His blood alcohol level was slightly over the state limit of .08 and the prosecutor was in no mood to negotiate.Despite the fact that my friend has a family, is the lone moneymaker, is expecting his second child and is a regular volunteer for charitable events in the area, the prosecutor pushed hard for a six-month jail sentence in addition to reparations.

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Second chance

Voters in Bladen County will once again have the opportunity to decide whether they want everyone — residents and visitors alike — who purchase consumer goods in the county to pay an additional one-quarter of a penny in sales tax to benefit Bladen County Schools’ efforts to refurbish and/or repair their 13 school facilities.The referendum was defeated on the May 6 primary ballot by more than a 2-1 margin — 5,822 against, 2,276 for.But the Bladen C...

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Surge over

Over the past few weeks, there have been parties and gatherings throughout the country and television ratings have soared to new heights. For soccer, of all things.As the American team played through the preliminary bracket round with a 1-1-1 record — good enough to advance into the so-called knockout round of 16, where a loss sends a team home — fan interest just blossomed. Estimates even have about 25 million Americans who watched the USA game against Portugal on June...

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Preserving the monuments of a controversial past

“You see him and ask: ‘Why is the statue still here? What was it he actually stood for?’ This is the kind of debate that a public work of art makes possible. We won’t change the way people think just by getting rid of a monument.” ...

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