Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:08:21 EST 1800 ‘Carolina Comeback’ nothing more than a simple mirage? “I'm proud to report the State of North Carolina has come back even stronger. Its people are resilient, and our future is bright. Our unemployment rate, which was the fifth highest in the nation just two years ago, has dropped... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:01:12 EST Motorboats have ruined White Lake A few days ago, I went over to White Lake and noticed what a recent storm had done to some beautiful white sand that had been added to the shoreline. The other night I started thinking about how clear the white sand made the water look, which reminded... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:01:11 EST Traditional values still matter I have been involved in politics and policy-making for over 50 years, and as you can imagine I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media. They're not what you might think, however. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:31:11 EST Can I come to your wedding? Every so often a day comes along that shapes up nothing like the agenda put together earlier in the week. Saturday was just such a day for me. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:01:11 EST Gerrymandering eventually has to be stopped For anyone who considers themselves a political insider or student of political history, Monday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that sent a redistricting challenge back to the state of North Carolina's high court was hardly... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:01:11 EST Come pray on May 7 I am writing this letter because it's that time of year again — time for the annual National Day of Prayer in our communities. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:01:19 EST Is the Civil War really over? On Sunday we will mark the 150th anniversary of the April 26, 1865, final surrender by Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston of approximately 90,000 troops to Union Gen. William T. Sherman, effectively ending the hostilities of the nation's Civil... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:46:12 EST 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