Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION Mon, 25 May 2015 09:23:32 EST 1800 We should take all ideas seriously http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153697260/We-should-take-all-ideas-seriously RALEIGH — A thought occurred to me as I was traveling in and around the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. The notion didn't have to do with my location but was instead prompted by the lecture I was listening to on the... Mon, 25 May 2015 08:16:11 EST Status quo no reason to cheer http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153664254/Status-quo-no-reason-to-cheer One of the most telling parts of the long debate on the House budget Thursday night and early Friday morning came in a discussion over an amendment offered by Rep. Marilyn Avila to end tax credits for renewable energy, the latest round of what has... Sat, 23 May 2015 14:46:12 EST Monday a time to remember price they paid http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/153679447/Monday-a-time-to-remember-price-they-paid “All gave some, but some gave all.”— Unknown1.32 million. Sat, 23 May 2015 10:06:14 EST A times to remember our heroes http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153663220/A-times-to-remember-our-heroes Patriotism. It's one of many feelings I get when I see an American flag. More than just stiches and dye on a piece of fabric, the American flag stands for liberty, freedom and pride. It represents the history of our nation and soars as a symbol... Fri, 22 May 2015 14:11:12 EST County reaches out to benefit county veterans http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/153616947/County-reaches-out-to-benefit-county-veterans The numbers are staggering, but we are told that there are almost 20,000 veterans in Robeson County, which means one out of every seven of our residents has served this country. As Memorial Day weekend approaches, that is a reason for the county to... Thu, 21 May 2015 08:46:13 EST The Right whining for nothing http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153610379/The-Right-whining-for-nothing Listening to the folks on the Right railing against the House budget proposal this week you'd think that the spending plan was an updated state version of the New Deal, chocked full of new initiatives and public investments to provide more... Wed, 20 May 2015 10:51:11 EST Surplus belongs to taxpayers http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153610153/Surplus-belongs-to-taxpayers RALEIGH — If leaders of the North Carolina House are right that the state needs a 6.3 percent increase in General Fund spending for the coming year, then they were wrong two years ago when they helped craft an historic tax-reform package to... Wed, 20 May 2015 10:41:12 EST Nation needs honest talk on race relations http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/153587708/Nation-needs-honest-talk-on-race-relations This country now, perhaps even more than a half-century ago, needs to have a national conversation about race relations and why all the sudden we are in two camps, black and white, and locally, we can add a third color of red. But there is absolutely... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:26:11 EST Why not more funding for BART, which aids humans? http://robesonian.com/news/letters/153476740/Why-not-more-funding-for-BART-which-aids-humans To the Editor,I noticed in the The Robesonian newspaper on May 12, 2015, that the city of Lumberton dispersed funding to some local community agencies. Tue, 19 May 2015 13:11:12 EST On education, the question matters http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153556035/On-education-the-question-matters RALEIGH — Call me a starry-eyed optimist. I don't assume that those who disagree with me about school reform are out to destroy the education system. I assume they share my goal of expanding educational opportunities and getting a better... Tue, 19 May 2015 08:56:20 EST In sickness and in health http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/153584303/In-sickness-and-in-health Surrounded by misty eyed friends and family members, I tied the knot shortly after 5 p.m. on May 9.At least, that's what I hope happened. Tue, 19 May 2015 12:11:11 EST NDAA key to our nation’s defense http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153555766/NDAA-key-to-our-nations-defense One of Congress' most important constitutional duties, and a responsibility I take very seriously, is to provide for the common defense. These past few years alone have taught us we face barbaric terrorists like ISIS and murderous regimes like... Mon, 18 May 2015 08:56:11 EST ‘Last Dreamgirl’ thrills while author inspires http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/153491002/Last-Dreamgirl-thrills-while-author-inspires Reading opens new worlds and broadens horizons in often unexpected ways. I recently had the great fortune to read a thought-provoking book by Shane Hayes titled “The Last Dreamgirl,” which was released on May 1. Mon, 18 May 2015 09:51:11 EST Reporter takes a cheap shot following suicide http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153538713/Reporter-takes-a-cheap-shot-following-suicide RALEIGH — It's not unusual for the media to be unintentionally insensitive. Sometimes in the rush of a deadline we write a headline or put something in a story that has effects we never predicted or anticipated. Mon, 18 May 2015 09:11:13 EST Savage attack reveals holes in judicial system http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/153477540/Savage-attack-reveals-holes-in-judicial-system It is Robeson County's bad luck that it got dragged into a story of a stomach-turning assault that took place last week in Richmond County, one that has already made statewide news and is likely to grow from there. Sat, 16 May 2015 12:41:11 EST Budget gives reason to worry http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153538751/Budget-gives-reason-to-worry House leaders began unveiling pieces of their state budget proposal Thursday and as always it was a mixed bag. The budget finally provides more money for textbooks in public schools for example, while at the same time increasing funding for the... Sat, 16 May 2015 09:46:11 EST How will McCrory be judged? http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153466596/How-will-McCrory-be-judged RALEIGH — Pat McCrory will likely run for re-election next year as governor of North Carolina against longtime Attorney General Roy Cooper. Both men are capable candidates who will run skillful, well-funded campaigns. Given the larger political... Thu, 14 May 2015 09:46:12 EST GOP leaders build surplus on backs of the middle class http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153446517/GOP-leaders-build-surplus-on-backs-of-the-middle-class To the Editor,Did your taxes go up this year? If so, you're not alone. Wed, 13 May 2015 15:11:11 EST Surplus has heads spinning in Raleigh http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153467604/Surplus-has-heads-spinning-in-Raleigh Raleigh Democrats' heads are exploding. Wed, 13 May 2015 15:01:11 EST Surplus should be used to help state’s vulnerable http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/153449401/Surplus-should-be-used-to-help-states-vulnerable The news out of Raleigh last week was good, even if it wasn't roundly applauded. Wed, 13 May 2015 07:26:12 EST