Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:31:06 EST 1800 Thanks to efforts, future is bright for N.C.’s youth One of the great things about North Carolina is that we are a state full of determined people. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:01:13 EST Blueprint for corporate volunteerism I read something in the paper a few weeks ago about the struggle of nonprofits to accommodate sporadic droves of corporate volunteers. The story said that while well intended, volunteers often show up to perform a photo-op-worthy task that's... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:06:12 EST Smokey seduces Crown crowd Sensual. Intimate. Stimulating. Libidinous. Sexual. The Crown Theatre was oozing with all of that and more Thursday night when Motown legend Smokey Robinson took the stage for the finale of the 79th annual Community Concert Series. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:26:14 EST Trading inflation for growth It wasn't supposed to happen this way. After years of creating money out of thin air – a unique ability of the Federal Reserve (“the Fed”) – we were supposed to be seeing significantly higher inflation by now. Economists,... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:01:12 EST Responsible pet ownership urged As we move through spring the ads appear for free kittens and puppies. Yet in just a few months many of these young pets will be unwanted. Most animals born in our region will not get lasting homes. More than half will wind up in shelters or even... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:11:11 EST Senate bill is unfair to nonprofits The newly introduced Senate Bill 700, which proposes creating new taxes on North Carolina nonprofits by severely limiting nonprofit sales tax refunds, will undoubtedly create harmful effects for communities statewide. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:01:12 EST Elizabethtown Primary announces honor students Elizabethtown Primary School recently released its third nine-week honor roll.Third grade— “A” Honor Roll: Arayah McKoy, Amado Rojas, Dyiamon Robinson Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:36:12 EST Learning to be a citizen The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “OK, so what can I do about it?” Sat, 11 Apr 2015 03:01:11 EST 24 hours with two young chicks I don't know if it's safer to say that I've been seeing two younger chicks or that I've become an adoptive father. Seems as though either would require some sort of explanation.So here goes. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 03:01:11 EST State finally to tackle regulation of scooters The news this week that an individual had been killed while riding a scooter in Fayetteville is not a surprising or even unusual news item — and it makes us wonder just how many people have to be injured or killed before these motorized menaces... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:06:11 EST Tax plan has some merits, but also flaws Critics of legislation that would dramatically alter the way the state distributes sales tax say that it would be robbing the rich in favor of the poor, but isn't that the foundation for this nation's tax code? Tue, 7 Apr 2015 00:01:14 EST Are all team names appropriate? According to numerous electronic and print news sources, 27 people were arrested in Wallace, S.C., on March 28 at a cock fight. According to the front page article in the Bennettsville, S.C., Marlboro Herald-Advocate, many of the 122 roosters were... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:16:11 EST Sweepstakes: OK only for some? Sometimes certain local officials' treatment of local small business owners who offer sweepstakes is a bit confusing and downright unfair. Businesses use all kinds of promotions to generate loyal customers. Who among us has never played Monopoly... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 20:01:12 EST Non-partisan redistricting commission needed Every two years, North Carolinians go to their polling places to cast votes for the people who will represent them in the US Congress, and the North Carolina House and Senate. On Election Day, we want our voices to be heard. But our voices are not... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 05:31:11 EST Poetry idea now up to you Donnie McAllister of Council has been well known over recent years in the Bladen Journal office for two reasons — he collects our soda cans on a regular basis and, every so often, his mother's newspaper delivery goes ka-flooey and he stops... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 03:01:12 EST Don’t limit public access to records Public records in North Carolina will become a lot less public if a powerful government lobby and a handful of state senators have their way. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 00:01:23 EST Where have all the heroes gone? “Were you a part of the Army that made the Indians leave their homes?”David, my 5-year-old grandson, had been learning about American Indians in his preschool. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 12:16:14 EST Turning blind eye won’t mean the problem lessons The most common violent crime on many college campuses today is sexual assault.The scope of the problem can include everything from stalking to unwanted advances to rape — often at the hands of an acquaintance. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:01:11 EST Are there any easy answers? When I give presentations about the economy around the state, I always leave time for questions and answers. Of course, the questions vary based on the group, the location and the most recent economic news. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:46:11 EST Bee Gees music ‘Stayin’ Alive’ The Beatles got me interested in music in the 1960s, Elton John got me interested in the lyrics of music in the early 1970s and artists like the Allman Brothers, Neil Diamond, The Jackson 5, Rod Stewart, John Denver, Barry Manilow, Aerosmith and... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:01:11 EST