Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:00:25 EST 1800 Holiday season returns cynical politics http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50766118/Holiday-season-returns-cynical-politics The holiday season is upon us and that means another annual event is here again too, the once-a-year appeal by political leaders to help the same low-income people their policies ignore or punish the rest of the year. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:08:05 EST Too soon to panic on budget http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50766060/Too-soon-to-panic-on-budget RALEIGH — According to the latest monthly report from State Controller Linda Combs, the state of North Carolina has collected about $6.5 billion in General Fund revenue during the first four months of the 2014-15 fiscal year. That's a lot... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:48:04 EST An A-Z guide on what to be thankful for http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50760034/An-A-Z-guide-on-what-to-be-thankful-for On this Thanksgiving, we hope your life is so blessed that there is no shortage of things to be thankful for today. If not, it's probably because you haven't looked hard enough so perhaps we can be useful there. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:22:04 EST Be thankful for your meal today http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50760312/Be-thankful-for-your-meal-today As Thanksgiving arrives, it is important to remember the one in five North Carolina households that face food insecurity and struggle to put wholesome meals on their dinner tables. Due to a lack of resources, on any given day, these families face... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:08:05 EST Trends don’t favor Democrats http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/50744338/Trends-dont-favor-Democrats Is President Obama trying to destroy his party by unilaterally granting essential amnesty to illegal immigrants? His executive actions are unique. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:03:05 EST Ferguson gives Americans a sad look into mirror http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50751612/Ferguson-gives-Americans-a-sad-look-into-mirror There is so much wrong about what went on in Ferguson, Mo., and what is continuing in that town that sits beside St. Louis. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:59:04 EST Give the gift of reading http://robesonian.com/news/lifestyle-opinion_columns/50723460/Give-the-gift-of-reading The holiday season is in full swing. Pumpkin pie ingredients are prominently displayed at most grocery stores. As the Thanksgiving turkeys roast, fall decorations are quickly swapped out in favor of snowmen, tinsel and Christmas trees. I can guarantee... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:56:04 EST Law enforcement making move to gang up on gangs http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50737160/Law-enforcement-making-move-to-gang-up-on-gangs It's a four-letter word that has been whispered for a long time but not acknowledged loudly and publicly as there has been a reluctance to accept that this national problem is ours as well. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:03:08 EST Public deserves to know if candidate no shows http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50737092/Public-deserves-to-know-if-candidate-no-shows RALEIGH — Newspapers never have been hesitant to shame a public official into appropriate behavior. It's a time-honored tradition. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:54:03 EST It’s a time for all of us to count our blessings http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50733555/Its-a-time-for-all-of-us-to-count-our-blessings This week, families and friends will gather around their tables to celebrate Thanksgiving. This special holiday originated from the first harvest of the new world — a time when the Pilgrims and Native Americans joined together in fellowship to... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:50:04 EST ACA a life-saver for this lady http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50732931/ACA-a-life-saver-for-this-lady You'd never know it from the overheated political rhetoric of the Right these days, but thousands of people in North Carolina have been signing up for health care coverage since the new enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act began last... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:38:06 EST Enforcing immigration laws will solve a lot of problems http://robesonian.com/news/letters-opinon/50731381/Enforcing-immigration-laws-will-solve-a-lot-of-problems To the Editor,Do we really have a broken immigration system or do we have a broken immigration law enforcement system? Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:39:08 EST Still too early to claim victory http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50716696/Still-too-early-to-claim-victory RALEIGH — Although I support the tax cuts and other fiscal policies adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory over the past two years, I have repeatedly urged policymakers and commentators alike to avoid making... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:01:06 EST Shelter idea gets a chilly response in Fairmont http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50716861/Shelter-idea-gets-a-chilly-response-in-Fairmont On Tuesday night, a group of Fairmont residents during that town's Board of Commissioners meeting made it clear that they didn't want the board to move forward with the discussion of turning a town-owned building into a shelter that would... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:12:09 EST Border Belt Museum offers look at rural life http://robesonian.com/news/letters-opinon/50715427/Border-Belt-Museum-offers-look-at-rural-life To the Editor, Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:55:05 EST Fracking rules fall way short http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50716506/Fracking-rules-fall-way-short The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission issued its final vote on proposed changes to the rules regulating the process of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas last Friday. As you've probably heard by now, the panel voted unanimously to... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:53:04 EST Tragedy strikes again in southern Robeson County http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50708960/Tragedy-strikes-again-in-southern-Robeson-County These are their names: Kadaufei Worley, 16, of Lumberton; Tylek McNair, 18, of Fairmont; Daylon Cummings, 14, of Rowland; Kashawn Leonard, 19, of Fairmont; Derrick Baker, 18, of Fairmont; Andrew Hill, 18, of Fairmont; Wesley Chavis, 23, of Fairmont;... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:25:09 EST Rock for Jocks and the motive of profit http://robesonian.com/news/letters/50706988/Rock-for-Jocks-and-the-motive-of-profit To the Editor, Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:51:06 EST McCrory and corruption, Part II http://robesonian.com/news/Op-Ed-opinion_columns/50708615/McCrory-and-corruption-Part-II It's getting hard to keep up with all the conflicts of interest inside the McCrory administration. The latest troubling news comes in an Associated Press story revealing that McCrory's environmental agency has hired a former lawyer for... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:04:08 EST Blue, red and what’s in between http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50699719/Blue-red-and-whats-in-between RALEIGH — One of the legacies of the George W. Bush era was the codification of the red-blue color scheme for American politics. Newspapers and TV networks used the results of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections to produce maps... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:22:04 EST