Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed http://bladenjournal.com/section/OPINION http://bladenjournal.com/section/OPINION Fri, 1 Aug 2014 05:44:46 EST 1800 Bet you didn’t know this … http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50100485/Bet-you-didnt-know-this World history was never my strong suit when I was a teenager. In fact, I squirmed a lot in that one semester — mostly because I was looking for any way possible to not pay attention while, at the same time, absorbing just enough Middle East... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Senior moment http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50103814/Senior-moment High-school coaches and athletics directors certainly have more than enough to think about, especially this time of year when the fall sports seasons are about to explode on the scene. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Dollars and sense http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50002955/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... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Share your harvest with God http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50089171/Share-your-harvest-with-God I am in the giving and helping business, and I am a member of I Am Inc. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Why incumbents get re-elected http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/340937/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... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST So many transplanted voters now http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50070423/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.” Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Grandma was a fly-killing machine http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/312414/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. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Thanks for the memories http://bladenjournal.com/news/letters/323307/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. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Feeding the masses http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5295040/Feeding-the-masses Beginning with the next Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A truly memorable weekend http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5283753/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. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Books … past, present, future http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5281139/Books--past-present-future Why do we read books? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST That’s a wrap http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5243996/Thats-a-wrap The N.C. Film exodus is officially under way. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Are we doomed to polarization? http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5243541/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. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The definition of ‘illegal’ is … http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5212602/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. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Second chance http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5210115/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... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Surge over http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5195121/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. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Preserving the monuments of a controversial past http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5211588/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... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Quick actions save a life http://bladenjournal.com/news/letters/5209568/Quick-actions-save-a-life On Wednesday, July 2, CPR training and the availability of an AED saved the life of Bay Tree Lakes pool manager Donovan Vinson. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST How can communities revive? http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5191004/How-can-communities-revive My wife and I recently spent a long weekend in New York City celebrating our wedding anniversary. It's amazing how time flies: This is number 34, thank you. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Happy birthday America, IHOP http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5083677/Happy-birthday-America-IHOP As you prepare to host a backyard barbecue or pack the car for a weekend at the beach or just settle in for a much-needed day off from work during the July 4 holiday, think about this: the United States of America very nearly had a July 2 Independence... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST