Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:04:21 EST 1800 Thanks for weekend success A patriotic and strong thank-you to all who participated in the Battle of Elizabethtown weekend. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:11:13 EST Worthwhile discussion Life brings with it a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It is expected there are times when we will be happy or sad, angry or giddy, worried or carefree.There will even be times we feel down. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:01:24 EST Remembering the Negro Leagues “He is number 42,” I said. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:58:09 EST Is economy inherently recession prone? Most of us focus on decisions affecting our daily lives – earning an income, spending, investing and looking ahead to our retirement. If we have some time left over, we try to have fun! Businesses face similar choices about production,... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:12:04 EST Auspicious evening for the Ricks family On April 23 at “The Cary” in Cary, one of Bladen County's native sons, Luin B. Ricks, was posthumously among those honored with a documentary titled “The Satellite Men.” Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:02:05 EST Awning arrogance Perhaps the very best time to jump into a fight is before the two combatants ever put up their fists to duke it out.Right now, it's just a staring contest, so we're jumping in. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:01:44 EST Sobering setback The Bladen County Board of Commissioners got a bit ahead of itself last week when it decided to vote on putting the on-premises sale of beer and wine on the November ballot. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:01:25 EST Voller, Glover meet with union On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to join acclaimed television and film actor Danny Glover as he met with workers and Democratic leaders at the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1208 Union Hall in Tar Heel. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:53:03 EST Fixing a failing government As election season approaches, I've been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It's that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. What's odd is that while the frequent... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:33:05 EST Pay raise North Carolina's teachers have provided a good lesson for those who sit in their classrooms: If you want something bad enough, don't stop chasing it. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 00:02:09 EST The slosh bucket and outhouse What are two memories from your childhood that really stands out in your mind? One of mine would have to be the time I tested the sharpness of a razor blade by running the blade up and down one arm of my family's brand new, first ever, leather... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 19:26:15 EST America, love it or lose it Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of listening to a sermon by Jimmy Strole, pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church, that would serve as a reminder to many of us elderly folks, but could easily be the first time our younger generation has ever heard... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 07:26:03 EST Pretty petty Not only has the General Assembly taken away the state's tax-free weekend, it has gone a step further by making it illegal for merchants to not charge consumers taxes on purchases — even if the merchant still pays the full taxes to the... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:01:31 EST Is inflation ready to take a leap? Two of the key concerns in our economy are unemployment and inflation. We want both to be low. When unemployment is low, more people have jobs and earn income. When inflation is low, the dollars we earn don't lose purchasing power as fast. That... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:28:03 EST Bet you didn’t 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 02:58:06 EST 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 00:01:28 EST 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 00:02:08 EST 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 15:34:06 EST 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... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:11:07 EST 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 19:11:05 EST