Saying ‘thanks” isn’t enough

We say, “Thanks for your service,” when we met veterans of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq veterans. ...

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FCC should let markets work

In February, Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler declared that the North Carolina General Assembly had no authority to determine telecommunications policy in North Carolina.Well, okay, Wheeler didn’t single North Carolina out for particular scorn. But he did say that in the coming months, the FCC might decide to challenge state laws, like the one the North Carolina legislature enacted in 2011, that govern the ability of cities and counties to create their own broadban...

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Exactly where is the growth?

Economists love numbers – some might call it an occupational hazard. Numbers are our window into the workings of the economy. Without numbers, we’d have a difficult time understanding how the economy is changing, both in positive and negative ways. ...

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Brittney wants you!

The Bladen Journal’s advertising rep Brittney Woodell wants YOU! And you, and you and … even you!Woodell is currently hot on the trail of a sponsor (or three) for this newspaper’s newest online venue. It’s called MyOwnElizabethtown — a social media site that will allow anyone to share stories, photos, recipes, events, a shout-out to a grandchild who belted their first home run, snippets of a Sun...

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Writer: More sports coverage needed

I am writing this letter because I have a question: Why are their no pictures or writeups in the paper for the Rec games, whether it be basketball, baseball, soccer or football?I understand and see the writeups for the schools but none for Rec sports. I think there needs to be writeups for them also.We may be a small town, but still the children love playing sports and the Rec sports are just as important as the school games. These sports and children want to be recogniz...

10 days 6 hours ago | | | Email

From ash pond, to river, to your bloodstream

“When you have finished drinking this bottle of water, fill it with our tap water for liquid refreshment that tastes as good and is just as pure as what was in the bottle.” ...

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Letter to an emergency responder

On Friday, April 4, on Hwy. 242 at 2 p.m. coming to Elizabethtown from Bladenboro, an unknown volunteer responce person driving a large white jacked-up pickup truck — possibily an F-250, tried and did “slingshot” around a loaded feedtruck coming out of a curve and nearly hit me headon and also ran the feedtruck off the road.You never slowed down. I heard the exhaust pipes roaring as you went past. I didn’t see your face. I didn’t turn and try to chase ...

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Uneasy process

It’s that time of year, when high-school seniors cross their fingers on college applications and/or actually choose the location for the next step of their education.It’s a time-honored process that can result in joy or heartbreak.But getting accepted into a college — at least the major colleges — often gives the applica...

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It’s time to fix government

In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans. ...

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Basketball tourney a big success

The Community Healthy Activities Project of Bladen County, Men on a Mission, and Men and Women United for Youth and Families worked together to host a March Madness Basketball Tournament in the community of East Arcadia on March 22.The event started at 9 a.m. at the East Arcadia Elementary School Gymnasium and the day consisted of a seven-team, double-elimination tournament set-up with a three-point shootout and slam dunk competition.We were pleased to have a crowd of be...

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College athletes unionizing a bad idea

Strike another victory for pampered athletes everywhere, thanks to a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board.It seems that board ruled that college-level athletes are workers and have the right to unionize. It was sparked because football players at Northwestern University felt they were entitled to some type of compensation since they are responsible for bringing dollars into the school through their performance on the playing field.

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Be proud of the way you talk

You sure do talk funny. Has anybody ever told you that...

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Nation continues to crumble

We settled this great country, every foot one by one. We fought for our freedoms and also for this land. We said prayers in our schools and gave allegiance to a flag. God was with us the...

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A beautiful Easter experience

An experience Pastor Carl Hefner told when they were living in the northwest came when he attended a major production of a Passion Play with thousands in attendance.He was sitting high and near the back of the balcony, just in front of him and to the right was a large sound system control panel, wondering how his small church could reproduce these effects for their Easter story. As the story unfolded on stage, his attention was diverted by a lady in front of him pulling on the slee...

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Young writers hungry for advice

If you stick with this long enough — and by long enough I mean you will have to read all of this — I will tell you exactly what “naval watching” means.But first …It seems appropriate that Bladen County Schools holds it annual job-shadowing event in the spring — if not for the students who take part, then especially for those whose jobs they are shadowing.I say that because it gives the short-term mentors the opportunity to s...

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The crazy anti-vaccination movement

In a feat that would have been unimaginable a few...

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Writer: More sports coverage needed

I am writing this letter because I have a question: Why...

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