Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:05:47 EST 1800 Vounteers needed as county prepares take out the trash http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/153003012/Vounteers-needed-as-county-prepares-take-out-the-trash When Commissioner Raymond Cummings suggested during a retreat of the Board of Commissioners earlier this year that cleaning Robeson County of the litter that is scattered everywhere — but especially along our roadsides — be made a... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:46:13 EST For McCrory, the truth hurts http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153002636/For-McCrory-the-truth-hurts Gov. Pat McCrory wasn't happy that President Obama mentioned North Carolina's woeful education funding on his visit to Charlotte this week. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:01:13 EST Book ‘Em betters the community http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/152957896/Book-Em-betters-the-community Book 'Em North Carolina might be a one-day event occurring just once a year, but it is only the start of a year filled with the potential for raising literacy across our community. February's event raised... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:06:12 EST Rescue unit holding golf tourney to raise money http://robesonian.com/news/letters/152982362/Rescue-unit-holding-golf-tourney-to-raise-money To the Editor, Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:51:15 EST Freedom now a weighty issue http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152958913/Freedom-now-a-weighty-issue RALEIGH — Have you been eating right? Getting enough exercise? How far away are you from your ideal weight? Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:11:11 EST GOP-inspired tax cuts key to economic recovery http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152895402/GOP-inspired-tax-cuts-key-to-economic-recovery Shortly after Gov. Pat McCrory took office in 2013, state leaders worked together to overcome a major obstacle that was standing in the way of North Carolina's economic recovery: an obsolete state tax code that was written back in the... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:36:11 EST Henderson follows McNeill as party chair http://robesonian.com/news/opinion/152873652/Henderson-follows-McNeill-as-party-chair LUMBERTON — After two years of leading Robeson County Democrats, John McNeill handed over the reins on Saturday.But the gavel didn't travel far — at least geographically. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:51:14 EST New group wants Lumbee people to guide government http://robesonian.com/news/letters-opinion/152887871/New-group-wants-Lumbee-people-to-guide-government To the Editor, Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:56:12 EST Say no to bad nuke deal with Iran http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152886603/Say-no-to-bad-nuke-deal-with-Iran At a time when barbaric terrorists like ISIS and murderous regimes like Iran wreak havoc throughout the Middle East and threaten global security, America owes it to our allies and our citizens to lead. Unfortunately, President Obama and his... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:31:11 EST Serious people making silly claim http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152886255/Serious-people-making-silly-claim RALEIGH — North Carolina routinely routes tax dollars to private service providers — both directly, in the form of Medicaid reimbursements and college tuition grants, as well as indirectly, in the form of public assistance that recipients... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:56:11 EST Streaming site Tidal fails to make a splash http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/152681902/Streaming-site-Tidal-fails-to-make-a-splash Across the nation, music industry executives are experiencing a sinking feeling thanks to rapper Jay Z's latest business venture, a subscription-based streaming music service called Tidal. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:41:12 EST Nonprofit’s issues suggest the need for more support http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/152872569/Nonprofits-issues-suggest-the-need-for-more-support The baby and the bathwater. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:16:11 EST Teacher shortage not NC problem http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152872059/Teacher-shortage-not-NC-problem RALEIGH — Fewer students are enrolled in teacher education programs in North Carolina and in nearly every other state in the nation. What is driving this nationwide trend, and what can we do about it? Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:56:11 EST Time for NC to up minimum wage http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/152858485/Time-for-NC-to-up-minimum-wage One of the biggest problems with the so-called Carolina Comeback frequently touted by Gov. Pat McCrory and state legislative leaders is that it is leaving thousands of North Carolina workers behind — and not just the ones who are unable to find... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:41:11 EST Bill that creates ‘homeland security’ marshals goes too far http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/152841770/Bill-that-creates-homeland-security-marshals-goes-too-far News & Record, GreensboroNorth Carolina could license a force of armed “homeland security” marshals if a bill pushed by a gun-rights group is enacted. The newly minted guardians would even carry badges. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:21:11 EST It’s prudent to mind own business http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152833271/Its-prudent-to-mind-own-business RALEIGH — Recent events lead me to restate an argument I made several years ago in response to a belligerent correspondent: Mind your own business. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 10:56:11 EST Elderly to keep wary eye on budget http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152814591/Elderly-to-keep-wary-eye-on-budget When state lawmakers return next week from their unusual spring break, debate over the budget will take center stage as the House puts together its spending plan for the next two years. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:56:15 EST Duke’s Coach K use new template, finds same success http://robesonian.com/news/opinion/152815006/Dukes-Coach-K-use-new-template-finds-same-success By leading Duke University's basketball team to the NCAA Division I championship on Monday night, Mike Krzyzewski strengthened his case as perhaps the greatest college basketball coach of all time. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 07:36:12 EST Duke is king of college basketball again http://robesonian.com/news/editorial/152807564/Duke-is-king-of-college-basketball-again News and ObserverDuke, once more, is college basketball's king, and the news brings shouts of joy and groans of envy. That is the reward and price of achievement, to be celebrated in some quarters, resented in others. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 07:16:15 EST Tax hike not in beholder’s eye http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/152788920/Tax-hike-not-in-beholders-eye RALEIGH — Yes, the Republican-led General Assembly has voted for and Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law an effective increase in North Carolina's gasoline tax. Let's not pretend otherwise. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:56:11 EST