Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:55:17 EST 1800 A high cost to free education RALEIGH — The federal proposal that the president is calling “America's College Promise” has inspired fanfare and controversy that go beyond President Obama's decision earlier this week not to interfere with so-called 529... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:16:12 EST National, state jobless rates continue plunge It might not be apparent to those of us who live in Robeson County, but North Carolina's economy is buzzing along pretty good, and actually outpacing the national economy, which has also been on the rebound. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:51:11 EST Goodman seeking to pull Democrats back to Main Street RALEIGH — As the General Assembly convenes today, State Rep. Ken Goodman will lead a dozen moderate Democrats in a new legislative caucus to push for pro-business policies and woo independent voters in swing districts. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:51:13 EST It’s time to kill costly, ineffective death penalty Robeson County's district attorney says he favors the use of the death penalty as a deterrent, but his infrequent pursuit of that ultimate punishment is a slave to practicality. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:31:12 EST Let’s have school accountablity week The timing couldn't be more perfect for this year's “School Choice Week,” the nationally orchestrated right-wing funded annual public relations extravaganza touting alternatives to traditional public schools, including... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:11:11 EST The Left’s attack on free speech RALEIGH — Freedom of speech is one of the core values of a free society. It ought to be appreciated and protected by Americans across the political spectrum. Unfortunately, it is not. And while no party or faction is immune from the temptation... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:56:11 EST ‘And the nominees aren’t…’ For many years, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert made an annual tradition out of spotlighting movies they felt would go unheralded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their selections were part of a reliably fun “At the Movies”... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:36:12 EST Recordkeeping key for farm success In order to get ready for the 2015 farm season, it is important for farm managers to have in place a complete and accurate farm records system in order to make informed management decisions that will help maintain or improve farm business... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:01:15 EST President paints a false portrait As you know, last week President Obama addressed the nation in his annual State of the Union speech to lay out his agenda for the year ahead. I was honored to have Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley as my guest to represent all of North... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:06:11 EST Burning through $1.2M a lifetime while lighting up$1.2M-a-lifetime-while-lighting-up If the increased likelihood of heart disease, cancer or emphysema weren't enough, we can offer another reason for a smoker to toss away those cigarettes.Actually, almost 1.2 million reasons. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:21:11 EST Incentives debate: Free market vs. central planning As the legislature comes back into session, there is a renewed focus on what are typically referred to as economic incentives, or by many who are more skeptical of such programs, corporate welfare or simply cronyism. Programs that are and will... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:51:13 EST Pipelines critical to energy needs As North Carolinians consider the impact of proposed natural gas pipelines, it will be critically important to gather accurate information. Rather than accept the assertions of critics, each person should examine the facts before passing... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:01:11 EST A Burr in Obama’s saddle this year RALEIGH — As the State of the Union address by President Obama and the Republican response aptly demonstrated, the next two years are more likely to feature confrontation rather than conciliation in Washington. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:36:11 EST ‘Looking like a fool with those pants on ground’ Four times Terry Evans, a commissioner in Fairmont, tried to get that town's board to adopt a local ordinance banning “sagging pants,” and four times the proposal didn't generate much of a discussion. Evans said Tuesday night,... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:31:11 EST RNC makes changes for 2016 run The Republican National Committee is finally waking up. Turning the country around had to start with the RNC so it made changes. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:41:11 EST Grade inflation could provide false security Making an A in high school will be easier for students across North Carolina beginning with the next school year, which would be a reason to celebrate except for this: School won't become easier because of better teachers, programs or even... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:21:11 EST Lumbees should express concerns to HUD officials To the Editor,It's important that citizens of the United States of America hold federal governmental agencies responsible for services funded with public dollars. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:01:11 EST Read tax claims with skepticism RALEIGH — I don't exercise my editorial muscles as much as I used to, and even when editing was part of my daily routine, I was never as tough on my writers as I probably should have been. To the extent I succeeded, however, it was because... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:41:11 EST Making sense of food labels Do the many food labels in the grocery store confuse you? Do you pause in the aisle pondering over eggs: cage-free, free-range, organic or all natural? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:26:16 EST House bill puts brakes on Obama It's hard to forget the first job you ever had and the invaluable lessons it embeds in your mind. For me, my first job was working construction every summer with my father. I'd be lying to you if I said I woke up every day itching to get... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:26:13 EST