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A true read on economic hotspots

RALEIGH — Where are America’s economic hotspots?If you answer that question based solely on what politicians or pundits say, you might well get it wrong. You might think that Sunbelt states consistently outperform Frostbelt states, or that California’s economy is a basket case. And if your media diet is limited enough, you might think that North Carolina’s recent economic performance has been lackluster or even poor.None of these propositions is s...

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$100,000 question

The timing of the request by Paul Brooks, the chairman of the Lumbee Tribal Government, for $100,000 from the county Board of Commissioners to help develop the N.C. Indian Cultural Center, coming 15 days before an election, ensures only one thing — that the ball will be kicked down the road.Commissioner Raymond Cummings was right to suggest that this conversation be had during budget talks, which will occur after the May 6 primary and in advance of the new fiscal year, which ...

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Gov. McCrory leading like a mayor

Pat McCrory has been governor of North Carolina for 15 months now but he still doesn’t seem to have a handle on the position.He does have one part of the job down. McCrory is always headed somewhere to cut a ribbon or tour a factory or get his haircut in a small town barbershop. He looks good on the videos his office produces and in the pictures they post of him on social media.Many of his public appearances on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons are in his homet...

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The tax threat

Two locally elected officials were probably embarrassed this week when news broke that they were late paying their property taxes to the city of Lumberton. And that is the point when local governments publish the list of people who are delinquent in paying their taxes — that the threat of public humiliation will inspire them to pay on time.Lumberton’s list of late taxpayers was published in Sunday’s The Robesonian, and we can assure you that plenty of readers look...

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The different beat of Jim Bishiop’s castle

RYE, Colo. — There are different drummers, and then there are different drummers.Jim Bishop has been marching to a really strange one for four decades now, building a castle, Bishop Castle, all by himself, rock by rock, a monument that now rises 160 feet toward the heavens in the San Isabel National Forest between Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Its fire-breathing dragon won’t blow smoke through its nostrils till weekends after Memorial Day, but already there are dozens of...

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A billionaire holds Keystone hostage

In their wisdom, our Founding Fathers created a system of checks and balances and competing influences among the president and Congress, the states and the federal government, and billionaire liberal donor Tom Steyer.Tom Steyer isn’t Senate majority leader, or chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, or even Senate president pro tem. He’s merely the man who wants to spend $100 million on Democrats this year and who hates the Keystone pipeline....

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Sheriff has no solutions to growing crime problem

To the Editor,I would like to express my concerns about the ongoing incompetency regarding the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.I moved to Robeson County over two years ago from Cumberland County. I was a community activist and was also involved with the Safe Link Program. My direct efforts helped to considerably abate the traffic and criminal activities in the Haymount area where I resided.I petitioned the Fayetteville Engineering and Infrastructure Depa...

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Left all wrong on economic development

RALEIGH — To make a long story short, the great debate in North Carolina politics concerns how state and local governments can best promote economic growth and opportunity. Opinions differ widely, as one might expect. But generally speaking, they can be grouped into three schools of thought that bear familiar labels: the Left, the Center, and the Right.To make the story even shorter: the Left’s position on economic growth has been thoroughly discredited. North Carolina&...

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It’s time for a new sheriff, and county commissioners

To the Editor,This letter is not intended to be in support of or against any particular candidate.I would just ask the people of Robeson County to take a few minutes and think about things before they vote in the upcoming election. If you are like me, you are tired of hearing the incumbents talk about what they have done for Robeson County. The way I see it, Robeson County has done more for them than they have done for the county.Some of them have plundered th...

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Stars align for RCC student, veteran

Choose your favorite cliché: Variety is the spice of life, or the only constant in life is change. Either would go a long way in describing the life of soon-to-be Robeson Community College Industrial Systems Technology graduate Joshua Adams.Adams recently received the news that he has been accepted into the North Carolina Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program to support his ongoing education towards a bachelor’s degree, which he plans to pursue at East Carolina U...

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It’s time for summer fun

Finally, my heat is off and the air conditioning is on at my house. That is a sure sign that spring is here and summer is not far away. Another sure sign is that the 4-H Summer Fun Brochure is out and sign-up has started.Needless to say, as the Extension 4-H Agent in this county, I am slightly biased and very excited about the offerings we have this summer.Parents, even if our program is not the one for your child, I would like to encourage you to sign them up for some t...

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Book ‘Em NC events making a difference

The first three Book ‘Em North Carolina events held in Lumberton might be a distant memory to some, but to many others it continues to affect lives and hopefully, futures.Each year, proceeds from book sales have been evenly distributed among the Dolly Parton Imagination Library through United Way of Robeson County, Communities In Schools, Friends of the Robeson County Public Library and the Lumberton Police Department — earmarked for school-age children.

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Hit and miss

Officials with the Public Schools of Robeson County collectively hold their breath each year when the state releases information on the use of corporal punishment. Robeson County not only leads North Carolina each year, but by a substantial margin — and the report brings unwanted scrutiny to the system.The report is misleading — and requires a close examination for reliable conclusions to be drawn.

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Easter a time to count our blessings

Last week and next, the House is in recess so it is great to be back home in North Carolina. This past weekend I was incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the grand marshal and honorary starter for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What an incredible event and such a fun day. As I said to the crowd on April 13, I’m proud to be your congressman, which means I go up to Washington every week and tell them to keep their ...

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The stupid hounding of Condoleezza Rice

If Condoleezza Rice were as self-pitying and politically crass as Attorney General Eric Holder, she would be wondering aloud what it is about her race and gender that accounts for the hostility to her.Rice’s speaking gigs on college campuses and her ascension to the board of the Internet company Dropbox have sparked protests calling for her to be disinvited, cashiered and generally isolated and shamed.Condi Rice is not a natural lightning rod. She’s such a di...

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