Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed http://bladenjournal.com/section/OPINION http://bladenjournal.com/section/OPINION Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:10:10 EST 1800 Frightened by freedom http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50653911/Frightened-by-freedom As Islamic State militants slaughter civilians and decapitate prisoners of war in gruesome videos posted online for the world to see, some of us are more likely to balk when fellow Americans exercise their rights in controversial ways. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:01:28 EST Consensus requires solid date http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50651858/Consensus-requires-solid-date North Carolina's public schools recently released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly from districts eager to claim a large increase in the share of... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:26:04 EST A plea goes out to Bladen County http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50667533/A-plea-goes-out-to-Bladen-County You may not remember or ever noticed Roger. He was a homeless person who died last year two days after he was baptized and received Christ in his life. You could often see him sitting on a bench uptown or volunteering at the Bladen Crisis Assistance... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:12:11 EST Contingency plans should be at the ready http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50651419/Contingency-plans-should-be-at-the-ready Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:23:03 EST Seriously shortchanged http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50616639/Seriously-shortchanged The lawyers for Henry McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown aren't satisfied that they have been exonerated and — after spending 30 years in prison for heinous crimes that evidence suggests they not only didn't commit but should... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:25 EST Baltimore bully http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50569055/Baltimore-bully OK, in the domestic violence case surrounding Ray Rice, all of the assumptions were correct. Thanks to a graphic video released on Monday, the world saw the former Baltimore Ravens running back slug his then-fiancee and drag the unconscious woman out... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:01:30 EST Is there a simple solution? http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50600842/Is-there-a-simple-solution The Sept. 10 Fayetteville Observer headline read: “Nation awaits terrorism strategy.” Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:45:06 EST Silly stuff http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50524678/Silly-stuff If there is one single word to describe the ongoing soap opera between downtown property co-owner Pat Melvin and the Elizabethtown Town Council over the awning at Bladen Hardware, it might be this: Silly. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 00:01:20 EST The summer of our discontent http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50523110/The-summer-of-our-discontent Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it's been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:58:02 EST Life and death http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50486292/Life-and-death There are a lot of reasons to oppose the death penalty.In no particular order, here are ours: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 00:01:23 EST Some things I don’t like http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50552740/Some-things-I-dont-like I've been thinking about what life has taught me over the years and the many things in this world that I care a great deal about. Things like a beautiful woman which, by the way happens to be one of God's greatest creations, and things... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:10:08 EST Cut the grass, not trash bags http://bladenjournal.com/news/letters/50523321/Cut-the-grass-not-trash-bags Well, Bladen County DOT has done it again: They mowed a few miles of Burney Road and went out of their way to chop up full bags of trash into thousands of pieces. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:31:07 EST Not a fan of Gov. O’Malley http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50486599/Not-a-fan-of-Gov.-OMalley Democrat Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to put illegal immigrant children in foster homes. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:31:06 EST Thorough investigation is necessary http://bladenjournal.com/news/letters/50477061/Thorough-investigation-is-necessary Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:11:07 EST Count your blessing every day http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50448837/Count-your-blessing-every-day The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden, or relax. Others... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 05:28:06 EST Have you ever been photobombed? http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50461752/Have-you-ever-been-photobombed Have you ever thought about bombs? Up until a few weeks ago, I'd not really given much thought about them. But one day recently that all changed and I began researching different types of bombs. In my research I learned that there are pipe... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:06 EST (No heading) http://bladenjournal.com/news/letters/50421894/ We wanted to be sure and take the time to send out most sincere congratulations to the town of Elizabethtown for the wonderful weekend of events recently. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:45:07 EST Positive numbers http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50379735/Positive-numbers While enrollment in area community colleges appears to be lagging, the same isn't true for Bladen Community College, where numbers are looking strong and could even surpass last fall's record-breaking figure. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:01:28 EST A non-lawyer on the Supreme Court? http://bladenjournal.com/news/opinion/50399514/A-non-lawyer-on-the-Supreme-Court President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio's Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.Not really, of course. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:26:03 EST Thank you to Brian Campbell http://bladenjournal.com/news/letters/50396467/Thank-you-to-Brian-Campbell Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:56:11 EST