Dysfunction exacts a cost

Dysfunction exacts a cost

Earlier this month, The Economist, the renowned British weekly, ran an editorial advocating an end to the U.S. dollar’s supremacy as the world&#...

October 24th, 2015 |  


Will Medicaid reform work?

Will Medicaid reform work?

Medicaid is the public program assisting limited-income households with their health care expenditures. Begun in 1965, the program is jointly funded b...

October 23rd, 2015 |  


What happened to reasonable priorities?

In response to their effectiveness, so many times I have written: “A picture may paint a thousand words, but a political cartoon sketches a mill...

October 23rd, 2015 |  


Bullying not cool,but stopping itreally can be

Not too many weeks pass without this newspaper receiving what has become a familiar call from a distressed parent. Their child is being bullied at sch...

October 23rd, 2015 |  


Six trends to shape 2016

Six trends to shape 2016

“Prediction is very difficult,” said physicist Niels Bohr, “especially if it’s about the future.” This sounds like a Yog...

October 21st, 2015 |  


Board of Electionsmakes right choiceon voting precincts

Last week’s gathering of the Bladen County Board of Elections had plenty of pre-meeting hype that included two public forums to discuss merging ...

October 20th, 2015 |  


N.C. sees income gains

N.C. sees income gains

According to the latest federal statistics, North Carolina’s economy is surging and has become one of the nation’s pacesetters. This is no...

October 19th, 2015 |  


Good for Sparks, good for N.C.

Good for Sparks, good for N.C.

“My books are all different,” Nicholas Sparks, the No. 1 New York Times best selling author who lives in New Bern, told a group of 500 fan...

October 19th, 2015 |  


Congressional bill supports medics’ transition

Military veterans receive some of the best medical training and experience available when serving our country. Their sacrifices, commitment to duty, a...

October 19th, 2015 |  


Dealing daily with C5H4N4O3

Dealing daily with C5H4N4O3

There’s not very much I remember from my high-school chemistry class, but I remember this: Acid can be a very bad thing. And in this case, I am ...

October 16th, 2015 |