Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:05:56 EST 1800 1960s radical returns with conservative allies Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book, “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform.” Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:37:08 EST Higher premiums … what should we expect? Eighth district congressman Richard Hudson's Oct. 11 editorial in the Laurinburg Exchange was titled “Obamacare leading to high premiums.” Well, what should we expect? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:50:05 EST Tory Hole Park, period In what seemed to be an out-of-the-blue decision, Elizabethtown's Town Council voted recently to rename Tory Hole Park, taking many — including the members of the Bladen County Historical Society — by complete surprise. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:01:16 EST West fans should fill the stands It's a real shame what happened during the recent high-school football game between West Bladen and Rocky Point Trask, when a total of seven players were ejected for fighting. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:06:04 EST Viewing political corruption more broadly Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:26:15 EST NCBA calling for eyeglasses The North Carolina Bankers Association has partnered with Lions Club International's recycle for sight initiative for its fall outreach program. As one of the major undertakings of the Lions Club, recycle for sight aims to... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:46:15 EST Cancer awareness The Bladen Journal did not published in pink, as others may have recently, but there has plenty of pink elsewhere during this month, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we didn't want it to slip away without an important reminder —... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:01:22 EST Death being exaggerated Forgive us if we're not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:01:13 EST North Carolina’s last liberal What was the greatest political upset in North Carolina political history? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:28:02 EST Join the annual Walk for Memory Alzheimer's is a growing epidemic and is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. In the United States, more than 5 million people are living with the disease. As the Baby Boomers age, those numbers will rise dramatically and by 2050, up... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:45:07 EST Coming to terms with The Trash Bag I was doing my regular morning routine, on an ordinary morning, when I decided to clean out the corner behind the bar in my laundry room. I moved the laundry basket sitting on the floor and my heart suddenly felt as if it was going to fall out of my... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:44:01 EST Coming soon As you read this, assuming today is Friday, there are 25 days until Nov. 4 — the day voters will trek to the polls to decided a number of important items in the General Election. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:01:17 EST Mountain music: Where it came from, where it’s going As the International Bluegrass Music Association's five-day “World of Bluegrass Festival” wound down in Raleigh a few days ago, some people were still asking where did bluegrass music come from, anyway? Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:34:10 EST Answers needed Brenda Liles deserves answers. And it's up to officials within the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to provide them. The question is will they? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 00:00:12 EST Trial was the real tragedy Former Robeson County District Attorney Joe Freeman Britt always seemed proud of his Guinness Book of World Records' morbid moniker “deadliest prosecutor.” Despite the exoneration of Henry McCollum and Leon Brown — two African... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 06:59:07 EST November elections won’t resolve much Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 18:34:10 EST Eagles, Knights deserve our support If Bladen County can't get excited about our high-school varsity football teams this season, then will they ever? Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:48:02 EST Vote of confidence for McVicker I am a current resident of Cumberland County and have dealt with Jim McVicker, candidate for Bladen County sheriff, on two occasions. On both of these occasions, my family and I where put in a dangerous situation dealing with theives trying to take... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 06:45:12 EST Is war being created for profit? In response to Jerry D. Jackson's question in his Sept. 19 letter, I am fully aware that our federal government has contingency plans to address threats from other governments, but the newly formed so-called “Islamic State” is... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:28:03 EST Will North Carolina continue to urbanize? North Carolina used to be a small-town and rural state. In fact, we were traditionally one of the most non-urban states in the country. There were a couple of reasons for this. It wasn't that long ago that a significant share of people worked on... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:26:06 EST