Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:23:09 EST 1800 Say no to virtual relationships The other day as I was perusing my inbox, something caught my attention. It was the headline for a news story that touted a new app for a virtual relationship. Yes, there is apparently an app for that. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:21:13 EST Tobacco still killing people and economy If the increased likelihood of heart disease, blackened teeth, cancer or emphysema weren't enough, we can offer another reason for a smoker to toss away those cigarettes.Actually, almost 1.2 million reasons. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:01:12 EST Writer gives heartfelt thanks I would like to say thank-you to the Bladen County EMS, Tar Heel Rescue and Bladen County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Daniel Clark. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:11:12 EST Shale at the root of future gasoline prices Did anyone out there predict that we would ever see the price of a gallon of gasoline again hovering just over the $2 mark? No hands popped up, right?But it's true. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:01:12 EST It’ll never be time for term limits It didn't get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to the ranks of people on both sides of Capitol Hill who believe members of Congress should... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:01:11 EST In the eye of the beholder The French masterpiece was expected to be sold for $35 million. But by the time the bidding was over … the masterpiece had nearly doubled in price to a whopping $65 million! The auction took place this past November at Christie's auction... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:56:12 EST Sharpton’s Oscar rant is oozing with racism We must wonder, since we are still in Martin Luther King Jr. week, what the slain civil rights leader would think of the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:06:14 EST Leaving proudly, but not with enthusiasm “Fired with enthusiasm.” Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:41:11 EST School choice begins with research If you'd like to send your child to a different school next year, now's the time to start the process of researching your options. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:01:12 EST Town’s arm getting twisted I don't live in Elizabethtown and certainly don't have a dog in this “fight,” but still feel compelled to comment on the year-long obvious tug-o-war between the town of Elizabethtown and one of its downtown building owners over... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 03:06:11 EST What are the impacts of tax changes? Get ready for some tax debates in 2015. At the national level, pundits think a proposal to lower the federal income tax rate may be one piece of common ground between President Obama and the Congress. Here in North Carolina, Round 2 of tax changes... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:01:11 EST Compromise keeps government open Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:01:13 EST Politics, literature come together Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:26:12 EST Clarifying thought on Christmas myth I feel I must respond to the letter (“Santa is worth believing in,” Jan. 9) challenging my thought of parents trying to fulfill the promises of a fictitious character. I deliberately did not use the accepted name of the mythical character... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:01:11 EST Town going soft on its ordinance The ongoing saga of a tug-o-war between the owners of a downtown Elizabethtown building and the Town Council had another chapter written on Monday, and the whole thing is starting to make us wonder just how soft the town plans to be on enforcing this... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:51:08 EST Looking forward by looking back With the 114th Congress just under way, the political world is focused intently on the road ahead. Taxes, trade, immigration, climate change, job creation, the Affordable Care Act there's a long list of issues and one burning question: whether a... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:36:03 EST Rural mail suffers with plant closings Fri, 9 Jan 2015 00:02:03 EST Interrogation tactics produce nothing worthwhile Your Dec. 16 political cartoon depicted Uncle Sam expressing shock at the recent Senate intelligence report on CIA interrogation torture tactics. In spite of insurmountable proof that torture produced no credible evidence, spokesmen for the private... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:03:11 EST How do we pay for infrastructure? My wife recently bought a new car. Well, not exactly “new new,” but “newly used.” Some experts say this is the best way to purchase vehicles because you get an almost-new car without paying for the excessive depreciation that... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:08:15 EST Santa is worth believing in I'm seriously bothered by some off the wall comments people are making at this time in our nation's history. They've been stupid and hateful comments that do nothing other than to divide us into a nation of two parts, the left and... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:12:05 EST