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DMV erects obstacles for disabled seeking license

Rebecca Kay sustained an injury at age 16 that caused permanent damage. That did not stop her from driving for 44 years without any modifications to her cars. Her decades-old injury was not getting any worse. In 2013, however,North Carolina’s Division of Motor Vehicles added a restriction to her license requiring that she drive with a wheel knob. She had never driven with a wheel knob and was not driving with a wheel knob when she passed the road test to renew her license. When she aske...

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UNCP logo will feature Old Main

The Thursday, Aug. 28, edition of The Robesonian carried a story relating the concern of some Tribal Council members that UNC Pembroke might eliminate Old Main from its logo. Although spokesman Scott Bigelow did a good job in explaining the university’s plans, I wanted to personally assure everyone that Old Main is alive and well. Old Main is to UNC Pembroke as the Old Well is to Chapel Hill. You can’t separate the two, nor should you.

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Tour of district provides key insight

I cannot believe how fast time flies. As we head into Labor Day, I hate to see summer end, but I’m excited to think about back to school, football season gearing up, and a little break from the heat.I just wrapped up a great week traveling the district and meeting with folks to hear their concerns and discuss ways to help revitalize our local communities. Weeks like this are the favorite parts of my job because I enjoy spending time in our communities hearing directly from my...

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Too late for justice for two brothers?

A Superior Court judge is likely to decide this week if two men who were accused as teenagers of rape and murder, then convicted and imprisoned for 31 years will receive a new trial or go free.But even if they walk free, there isn’t much left for Leon Brown, now 46, and half-brother Henry McCollum, now 50, to reclaim beyond whatever satisfaction comes with the shedding of the labels rapist and murderer.It is because of the work of the North Carolina Innocence Inqui...

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Party labels don’t always register

RALEIGH — I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen people recommend or discount political predictions by citing party registration. Reacting to a voter survey, for example, they compare the party-identification data in the poll to the party registration data in their states in order to evaluate the validity of the poll.

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County vets provide treat for all of us

Local veterinarians are doing more than treating illnesses and mending injuries for our pet population.This week, the six veterinary clinics in Robeson County offered rabies shots at the reduced cost of $5 — a nod to the Board of Commissioners, which chipped in $3 per shot, dropping the cost from $8 — in an impoverished county where a lot of people struggle to pay for groceries, clothes and electricity, pretty much guaranteeing that many animals will not be protected ag...

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Too close to call in race for Senate seat

RALEIGH — Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for re-election for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. Republicans, Democrats, and independent-expenditure groups have already begun their battle over control of the state legislature.So far, there isn’t much evidence that any of these actions and expenditures have made much of an impressi...

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Strong planning needed for prosperous economy

To the Editor,A year ago I penned a letter commending the Robeson County government on its excellent credit rating but also warning of upcoming financial storms. County Manager Ricky Harris and finance Director Kelli Blue should be commended on a job well done as they manage our county finances. However, the lack of a short- and long-term economic growth and development plan will eventually threaten our county’s budget process.

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Vouchers not about helping poor kids

After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy unaccountable private school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a single talking point, that somehow the judge had “trapped underprivileged children in failing schools.”The claim may be offensive and disingenuous but it’s not new. It’s been a common refrain among school privatizati...

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No margin for error with the death penalty

There are a lot of reasons to oppose the death penalty.In no particular order, here are ours:— If there is any societal value in the death penalty, it would be as a deterrent. But there is no study that has ever shown that the death penalty acts as a deterrent. That would happen only if it were administered swiftly, but that will never again be the case in our litigious society.

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Economic activity gets better measure

RALEIGH — The Obama administration has been implementing new ways to measure economic activity in the United States. Although not exactly front-page news, this initiative deserves praise from anyone, regardless of political party or economic views, who believes policymakers are more likely to make wise decisions if they are provided timely, valid, and informative data on economic performance in their states and regions.

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US must answer threat posed by ISIS

Winston Churchill once said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Over the past several months, the world has watched with great concern the events unfolding around the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The escalating tensions stemming from these events threaten to destabilize the world at large and serve as a chilling reminder that evil does exist.

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Session revealed legislators’ disdain for public education

The chaos that was the 2014 of the General Assembly finally ended, though there are rumors that Gov. Pat McCrory may call lawmakers back to town to pass more economic development legislation and maybe tackle Medicaid reform.But the House and Senate have gone home for now. and the last few days of the dysfunctional session provide a perfect window through which to understand what this summer was all about.The House and Senate battled back and forth in the final days over ...

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Self-interest or the public good?

The prevailing belief in Robeson County that nepotism and cronyism supersede qualifications when it comes to landing jobs with the local government became more entrenched with the revelations at the Robeson County Housing Authority.On the surface, they are more a molehill than a mountain, but we worry about what remains in the dark.Commissioner Roger Oxendine says he didn’t realize that his wife’s sister’s husband would be considered “immediate fa...

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Judges takes away school choice

RALEIGH — For many years, state education and political leaders promised increasing our “investment” in public schools was the key to raising student achievement for disadvantaged students. And invest we did, increasing inflation-adjusted per pupil spending by nearly 25 percent in the last 20 years alone.Yet, two decades later, disadvantaged children in North Carolina public schools continue to struggle. Last year, only 28 percent of low-income students in grades ...

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