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Old Main will a remain part of UNCP’s logo

To the Editor,After reading last Friday’s front-page story about UNC Pembroke’s logo, some readers may have the mistaken impression that there was some controversy around the topic. In fact, the Tribal Council and the university’s administration are on the same page about the importance of including Old Main in the university’s logo.

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UNCP alumni encouraged to return, enjoy Homecoming

To the Editor,It is that time of the year when we come together and reunite with old friends and classmates from years past. On behalf of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, I personally invite all UNCP students, alumni, families and friends to join us this week for fun-filled activities and entertainment.Homecoming Week is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come out and show their UNCP pride. This year...

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Fitzsimon’s analysis flawed, doesn’t factor in outcomes

To the Editor,In Chris Fitzsimon’s published in The Robesonian on Saturday, he offered a litany of cuts to education since 2008-09. Kay Hagan has used some of these same numbers in her campaign ads. The left-leaning Washington Post in its Fact Checker column (Sep. 16) has given these data “two pinocchios” for “significant omissions and/or exaggerations.” However, this letter is not about politics.

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The constant in NC is change

RALEIGH — In 1925, advertising executive and future Congressman Bruce Barton wrote the book that made his national reputation, “The Man Nobody Knows.” In it, he imagined what Jesus Christ would be like if he resided in the modern world. Barton drew lessons from his thought experiment about business, self-improvement, and charity.“When you are through changing,” Barton once observed, “you are through.” By this standard, North Carolina is far...

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Book ‘Em blog connects authors with fans

While some people associate Book ‘Em North Carolina with a one-day event that takes place each February, others know that Book ‘Em labors year-round to get people interested in reading.One way this is done is through the Book ‘Em blog, which can be viewed at bookemnc.blogspot.com. Each week, several authors are featured, along with interviews, guest posts, excerpts from books and much more. The posts are often part of a larger book tour and readers who leave comme...

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CJ denied information on stimulus deal

RALEIGH — After first agreeing to allow Carolina Journal to inspect the documents relating to a taxpayer-funded U.S. Department of Agriculture energy grant to a company owned by family members of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, the USDA Rural Development office in Raleigh later said the matter was being handled in Washington — implying the USDA’s headquarters in the nation’s capital.

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End favoritism for utility bills in Red Springs

There is a lot of finger-pointing in Red Springs regarding an unpaid electric bill of more than $27,000 by Flora Macdonald Academy, a private school with a long and rich history in that community. Folks are asking who knew what, and when did they know it.A blow-by-blow account can be found in a Page 1A story in today’s edition of The Robesonian that was written by Scott Witten, the editor of The Red Springs Citizen. Most of the fingers point toward John McNeill, the mayor of ...

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US too slow on Ebola threat

In the last few weeks, the tragic Ebola epidemic in West Africa has hit home as we’ve witnessed the first death and transmissions in America. Additionally, news that the second health care worker to contract the disease was able to board a commercial airplane while being monitored for signs of infection is deeply troubling. I know that everyone is concerned and I want to assure you that I share your concerns.It is important to know, though, that there is absolutely no reason ...

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2 more NC education woes

You have to give folks on the Right credit for one thing this election season. They are going all out to mislead people in North Carolina about the damage done to public education by the General Assembly in the last four years. And they are not letting the facts get in the way.It’s a tough job, even if you are willing to distort the numbers and take policies out of context and ignore the effect of the Great Recession, etc. People can read all the op-ed columns and whitepapers...

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Vote for Democrats to support education

To the Editor,Under Republican leadership the N.C. General Assembly has raped education in our state. On Nov. 4, 2014, every North Carolinian invested in public education must vote to break the Republican super majority currently existing in the General Assembly.On Oct. 16, 2014, I attended the Robeson Association of Educators Candidates Forum. N.C. House Democratic Reps. Charles Graham, Garland Pierce and Ken Waddell were there supporting education. NC Democratic Senato...

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Sheriff’s official says work caused absence from forum

To the Editor,After reading an article by Mr. Bob Shiles titled “Candidates Make Pitch” in Thursday’s The Robesonian, I feel it necessary to answer why I was not present at the candidates forum.Mr. Shiles wrote that “when it came time for Graham to speak, however, he was nowhere to be found.” I take my responsibilites as an employee with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office serious, as well as representing Sheriff Sealey when I am calle...

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Questions swirl in hanging death of Bladen teen

The details of the death of a teenager in Bladen County were late to emerge through local media because law enforcement is reluctant to release details on suspected suicides and news organizations typically don’t reports suicides, especially when they are committed by young people.There is less certainty now about whether or not Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old junior who played football at West Bladen High School, hanged himself or was a murdered because he was black. A state medi...

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Woman complains about treatment at local hospital

To the Editor,I had a bad day at Southeastern Regional Medical Center on Sept. 22.I went to the emergency room for shortness of breath and a reaction to medication. They kept me in the emergency room from 4 p.m. to 9 the next morning. The bed was so hard I asked the nurse to let me sit in a chair for awhile but she said I might fall. I asked her for a pillow or blanket and she gave me neither. I called out for help, but no one came but the same two nurses. The other nurs...

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Stimulus story reveals much

RALEIGH — In the homestretch of the Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis, the disclosure that Hagan’s family profited from the 2009 stimulus package she voted for has drawn a great deal of attention.Well, let me clarify that statement. It has drawn lots of attention from out-of-state media outlets and from Carolina Journal, the newspaper published by my organization. It has thus far drawn scant attention from the North Carolina press corps....

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The high cost of getting elected

One of the most disturbing aspects of the heated battle between Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis for the U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina has nothing to do with the positions or statements of either candidate or the sniping by their campaigns staffs or the outrageous social media banter that passes for political discourse these days.What is most astonishing is the degree to which political pundits and interested observers seem to shrug their shoulders at the obs...

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