Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed http://bladenjournal.com/section/OPINION http://bladenjournal.com/section/OPINION Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:57:17 EST 1800 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 Time to re-affirm our independence http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5121229/Time-to-re-affirm-our-independence July 4 is a time to re-affirm our independence. As the holiday which recognizes our original notice of independence from England and desire to unite the 13 colonies in becoming a nation, it is time to reflect on where we now stand. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Heat, cars a bad mix for kids http://bladenjournal.com/news/letters/5189117/Heat-cars-a-bad-mix-for-kids My son Locke and I walked out of the grocery recently and to our car. I put him in his car seat and, as I was buckling him in, he was whining, “It hot, mama. It hottttttt. I hot mama.” Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Release your anger to God http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5179394/Release-your-anger-to-God Has someone's remarks ever caused you to see red? If so, did you control your anger or did your anger control you? Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A great generation, book title http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5167264/A-great-generation-book-title “It turned out to be a hell-of-a book title.” Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Out of whack http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5133410/Out-of-whack Benjamin Franklin once said, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God,” which then inspired Thomas Jefferson to comment, “When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.” Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The lesson Congress should learn from the VA scandal http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/5121168/The-lesson-Congress-should-learn-from-the-VA-scandal Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, grandstanding members of... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST