Carolina Comeback is very real

Carolina Comeback is very real

Over the next 12 months, expect to hear a great deal about the “Carolina Comeback.” It will be the reelection theme for Gov. Pat McCrory a...

December 21st, 2015 |  


Heartfelt thanks for Empty Stocking Fund assistance

Thank you SO MUCH for calling recently about the Empty Stocking Fund gift certificates to Leinwand’s!I called Ms. Esters, principal at Tar Heel ...

December 21st, 2015 |  


Pastor to miss his Santa Claus

Christmas in Southeastern North Carolina will be a bit different this year, not because of the unseasonably warm temperatures, but because of the abse...

December 21st, 2015 |  


The pro- and anti-Santa church factions

The pro- and anti-Santa church factions

It is hard to make sense of Christmas if you try to explain it in one dimension. It is so many things these days.It is a religious holy day, of course...

December 20th, 2015 |  


Congress seems OK with being weak

Congress seems OK with being weak

Not many people outside of Capitol Hill paid attention last month when the congressional leadership released next year’s legislative schedule. I...

December 19th, 2015 |  


Empty Stockinggives us all thegift of caring

Today marks the official end to another Empty Stocking Fund effort, something the Bladen Journal has done for more years than anyone can remember R...

December 18th, 2015 |  


Can we make sense of North Carolina’s jobless rate?

Can we make sense of North Carolina’s jobless rate?

Economic statistics can be confusing, I know: I’ve been dealing with them as a professional economist for almost 40 years. While some say you ca...

December 18th, 2015 |  


Nomination may tip state races

Nomination may tip state races

Pat McCrory, Roy Cooper, Richard Burr, and many other confirmed or potential candidates for statewide office in North Carolina have plans. They have b...

December 16th, 2015 updated: December 16th, 2015. |  


Bringing the season all together

Bringing the season all together

How do we put it all together at this time every year?Christmas. That is what I am thinking about.We are used to it of course. It almost seems natural...

December 16th, 2015 |  


Activists oppose free speech

Activists oppose free speech

However complicated you want to try to make it, the concept of free speech does not contain the right to shut other people up. Unfortunately, there is...

December 14th, 2015 |