Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:20:38 EST 1800 Taxpayers fund school basketball factory http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/4570428/Taxpayers-fund-school-basketball-factory A recent report that a basketball coach in North Carolina was busy evaluating overseas players isn't all that unusual. Professional teams do it all the time. But this wasn't the head of an NBA team or even a major college... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST A true read on economic hotspots http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/4555664/A-true-read-on-economic-hotspots RALEIGH — Where are America's economic hotspots? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST $100,000 question http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4559776/$100000-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... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Gov. McCrory leading like a mayor http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4556943/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. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The tax threat http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/4543702/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... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The different beat of Jim Bishiop’s castle http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/4542378/The-different-beat-of-Jim-Bishiops-castle RYE, Colo. — There are different drummers, and then there are different drummers. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST A billionaire holds Keystone hostage http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4542265/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. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Sheriff has no solutions to growing crime problem http://robesonian.com/news/opinion/4509454/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. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Left all wrong on economic development http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4536341/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,... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST It’s time for a new sheriff, and county commissioners http://robesonian.com/news/letters/4531050/Its-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. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Stars align for RCC student, veteran http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/4521125/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... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST It’s time for summer fun http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/4509909/Its-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. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Book ‘Em NC events making a difference http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/4509642/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. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Hit and miss http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/4526907/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... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Easter a time to count our blessings http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4521216/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... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The stupid hounding of Condoleezza Rice http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4517005/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. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST US still has some growing up to do http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4517752/US-still-has-some-growing-up-to-do I spent the past couple of weeks at Beth Israel Hospital, flat on my back and getting all kinds of tests that led to the discovery of what is known as an ablation. I finished my hospital run with a stent inserted in my wrist. It was intended to... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST ACA gets it right on maternity insurance http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/4517643/ACA-gets-it-right-on-maternity-insurance Despite early setbacks, millions of people have now enrolled in private insurance plans that meet new standards set by the Affordable Care Act. All of these policies must now cover a broad set of benefits, including prescription drugs, mental health... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The racist threat from the right http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4506860/The-racist-threat-from-the-right Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Playing games with the numbers http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4510015/Playing-games-with-the-numbers The irony seemed to completely escape Gov. Pat McCrory Wednesday as he took the podium at a Tax Day event to heap praise on last year's tax package that gave huge breaks to millionaires and large corporations while asking many small businesses... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST