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Truth matters in rape-murder case not ex-DA’s legacy

When it became plain that Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were not responsible for the tragedy suffered by Sabrina Buie in 1983, we wondered how long it would be before critics of Joe Freeman Britt offered this case as evidence that the man who was once dubbed the “world’s deadliest DA” was reckless in his prosecutions and that this was the tip of a dark iceberg.Not long.A reporter from the New York Times spent a few days in Robeson County a couple weeks ...

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School spending is up, not down

RALEIGH — Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan’s direction.How come? The main cause, it seems, is that Hagan and her allies have vastly outspent Tillis and his allies on TV ads since Labor Day — and the claims in those ads, on education funding, have both pulled some swin...

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No excuse for DWI numbers in Robeson Co.

Years ago we stumbled across an interesting dynamic in the reporting of crime statistics, which we will acknowledge are not trustworthy because apples can only be compared with apples if the reporting agencies follow similar guidelines in what they report.They don’t.But what we found was that if crime went down in a jurisdiction, that law enforcement claimed it was doing a better job of preventing bad stuff from happening. But if crime went up, then law enforcement...

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Murder victim’s family still trying to find justice

To the Editor,In reference to letter to the editor published on Sept. 16, 2014, my stepson’s murder probe was also botched and contaminated. We were told that murder charges could not be filed based on the way it was handled and the arresting officers could not proceed as instructed.

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McCrory keeping eye on Senate race

The heated battle between for a U.S. Senate seat from North Carolina between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, has unfolded as most political observers expected.Tillis is trying at every opportunity to tie Hagan closely to President Obama, whose approval ratings are underwater in the state, a situation that’s not unusual for most incumbent presidents halfway through their second term in office.That’s ...

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EMS director: SRMC best choice for heart-attack victim

To the Editor,I am writing to inform people about the importance of early heart attack care and getting to a hospital that can provide the best treatment strategy based on the American Heart Association recommendations.Robeson County has a high rate of heart disease, with 241 deaths a year per 100,000 people. When a patient has heart attack symptoms, there is a 90-minute window until damage to the heart is no longer reversible. If the patient can be transported to a hosp...

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Wos back on her familiar hot seat

Long-embattled Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos was on the hot seat again last week, facing questions from state lawmakers about a no-bid $6.8 million contract she awarded to an out-of-state firm to manage the finances of the Medicaid program.Wos’ response was telling. She told a legislative oversight committee that the department was simply overwhelmed.”We had an emergency in the department. We didn’t have enough people, and...

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Murdered man’s father says probe was botched

To the Editor,In reference to the letter to the editor that was published on Sept. 12 titled “Father of murder victim frustrated by lack of arrest,” I would like to comment.

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Disbabled man can’t get help from tribe

To the Editor,I’m a blind, disabled 62-year-old Lumbee Indian man. I’ve applied for assistance through the Lumbee Tribe Rehabilitation program due to leaky roofs, black mold and other decaying matters with my home. I was placed on a waiting list to receive help.I’ve been on this waiting list for three years now. I’ve made multiple call to the leaders only to be told that they’re in meeting. After leaving my name and number for a return call,...

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RALEIGH — When governors and state legislatures make their economies freer — through tax relief, regulatory relief, and labor-market reforms — who stands to benefit?According to labor unions, the answer is obvious. Only business owners and wealthy people prosper under smaller government. Confiscatory taxes, redistributive spending, and pro-union laws are needed for everyone else to enjoy real gains in income and living standards, they say.

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“Trick or Trot” a treat for nonprofit

As a board member of the Robeson County Partnership for Children Inc., I would like to invite you and your family to the first “Trick or Trot” 5K and Family Fun Run.The event will start at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1. The races are part of the nonprofit’s fall festival. The festival will kick off with a 5K race, a 1-Mile Fun Run, walk or stroll, a Toddler Trot Fun Run or walk, and will culminate with a festival full of family friendly activities that will run through the rem...

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Sealey provides the map for others to follow

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”— Micheal Coreleone, in “The Godfather”There is no doubt that several county commissioners worked to have Hubert Sealey defeated in his re-election bid during the recent Democratic primary, and that most — if not all — of the commissioners will be glad when he exits the board in December. So they will dismiss his claims that he cautioned them about violating federal laws in the wa...

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We must be vigilant against terror threat

Last week marked a very solemn date for our nation and a stark reminder that evil exists around the world. On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States of America fell victim to the most horrific terrorist attack in our history — an attack spurred by cowardice and hatred for our way of life. Thirteen years later, we remember the innocent lives lost and the sacrifices that were made; we remember the overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and despair; and we remember the heroism and courage of our...

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Cummings responds to magazine article

The following is a letter sent to David Kinney, editor in chief of the magazine Business North Carolina, from Greg Cummings, director of Economic Development for Robeson County, concerning a cover story in the magazine’s September edition — editor.Dear Mr. Kinney,If selling risk-averse business investors on the advantages of bringing their companies to Robeson County is a challenge in the 21st Century, it certainly hasn’t become any easier in t...

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Focus on coal-ash leaks, not panel

Raleigh was abuzz this week with the decision by Gov. Pat McCrory to let the coal ash legislation passed by the General Assembly this summer become law without his signature.McCrory told a television interviewer a couple of weeks ago that he was planning to sign the bill despite reservations about the new coal ash commission it creates with legislative leaders making the majority of the appointments.This week McCrory said he was still upset about the commission he believ...

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