Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:57:17 EST 1800 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 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 Beginning with the next Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST 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 Why do we read books? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST That’s a wrap The N.C. Film exodus is officially under way. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST 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 … 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 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 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 “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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 “It turned out to be a hell-of-a book title.” Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST 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 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