Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:55:18 EST 1800 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 Obama’s policy is threatening American lives Very few can debate whether U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Chuck Grassley, who is also the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, fall on the right side of an issue that focuses on President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:01:12 EST My trip to Norlina Come and go to Norlina with me!Before you ask where Norlina is, and why should you want to go there, let me explain. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:36:11 EST Job growth sizzled last year According to a recent High Point University poll, North Carolinians feel better about the direction of the economy than they have in many years. According to just-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolinians seem to have a... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:06:12 EST Danger lurks to the west I'm just taking a wild guess here — but I think it's a pretty on-target one — that you wouldn't want to purchase a house next door to a drug dealer, or convicted rapist, or motorcycle gang with a rap sheet as long as... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 03:01:12 EST Winter is over, spring is about to get sprung Perhaps it's the blossoming of the Bradford pear trees. Or maybe the daffodils sprouting up out of the ground. Possibly it might be the second weekend of March Madness getting started. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:01:12 EST I-95 heist could be a good movie The news earlier this month that almost $5 million worth of gold was stolen from an armored truck traveling along the nation's busiest highway would make for a good movie, but probably under the heading of fiction with George Clooney leading the... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:01:13 EST Is the economy good or bad? I've been a professional economist for almost 40 years. Certainly it doesn't take someone in my profession to know people disagree about the economy. Indeed, a recent poll showed people split almost 50-50 between satisfaction or... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 21:46:14 EST A Pinewood Derby miracle They say that everyone has 15 minutes of fame. I'm not really sure if that's true or not but, on Saturday, I spent 15 minutes as an 8-year-old and accomplished something I couldn't 50 years ago. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 03:01:14 EST Let the sun shine in on public records The annual nationwide Sunshine Week is celebrated this year from March 15 - 21, when newspapers publish stories about public records and the difficulty in obtaining some of them. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:01:14 EST Who, what do you believe? Last week two men claimed they had been robbed of about $5 million worth of gold bars they were transporting along I-95 in Wilson County. According to their story, when they pulled over on I-95 to fix their truck or attend to an illness, three armed... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:26:13 EST Breakfast is a key spark for all students As a nation, we spend a lot of time, effort and money on ways to better educate our children. In recent years, there have been fierce debates on No Child Left Behind, Common Core, teacher qualifications, textbook standards and more. These battles... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:11:11 EST Bat no match for Batten The winged intruder fluttered and glided among the rafters of the West Bladen gymnasium last Friday as kind of a pre-game show before the second round of the state's Class 2-A East sectional playoff game between the Knights and visiting... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:01:12 EST Enduring all this northern weather has us sick, tired We believe this will strike a chord of harmony for this county's residents, regardless of skin color, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference or the shade of blue they prefer in college basketball. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:06:13 EST Should we borrow for roads, buildings? “Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:26:12 EST ‘We will not let you fail’ I still hear the voice of my eighth-grade teacher in my ear every time I enter my school and turn the key in my classroom door. “You will not fail, we will not let you fail.” That voice, that phrase has remained with me throughout the... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:16:11 EST Spotlight shone on accepting our differences Oscar acceptance speeches tend, with rare exceptions, to be bland/dull/excruciatingly boring thank-you lists of names of people who few in the television audience recognize. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:12 EST Devotion of a loving wife Tonya Shaw and I met in September 2006 and married April 25, 2008. During these last eight-plus years, our relationship has been put to the test in ways that most would never even consider making through. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:06:11 EST Hate crime tag aside, murder is still murder Law enforcement is busy trying to determine if Craig Stephen Hicks — we will skip on the use of allegedly here — executed three Muslims in Chapel Hill recently because of his disdain for the religion of Islam or if he was simply angered... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:01:12 EST President calls the budget shots It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress's 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:51:12 EST