Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:24:53 EST 1800 US must answer threat posed by ISIS http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50192174/US-must-answer-threat-posed-by-ISIS Winston Churchill once said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Over the past several months, the world has watched with great concern the events unfolding around the Middle East and Eastern... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:34:03 EST Session revealed legislators’ disdain for public education http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50192201/Session-revealed-legislators-disdain-for-public-education The chaos that was the 2014 of the General Assembly finally ended, though there are rumors that Gov. Pat McCrory may call lawmakers back to town to pass more economic development legislation and maybe tackle Medicaid reform. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:33:06 EST Self-interest or the public good? http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion_columns-opinon/50164191/Self-interest-or-the-public-good The prevailing belief in Robeson County that nepotism and cronyism supersede qualifications when it comes to landing jobs with the local government became more entrenched with the revelations at the Robeson County Housing Authority. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:36:09 EST Judges takes away school choice http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/50185620/Judges-takes-away-school-choice RALEIGH — For many years, state education and political leaders promised increasing our “investment” in public schools was the key to raising student achievement for disadvantaged students. And invest we did, increasing... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:01:08 EST A double dose of bad news http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50172316/A-double-dose-of-bad-news The news that Robeson Community College has about 1,000 fewer students enrolled for the fall semester this school year than it did in the fall semester of 2012 could easily be misinterpreted as meaning the local economy is on the rebound and people... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:08:05 EST Department needed to eliminate waste http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50176828/Department-needed-to-eliminate-waste There should be a department to eliminate waste, coordinate redundancy and monitor the rule of law in Washington. It doesn't exist. But it should. While no one wants another department, this one is different. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:36:05 EST Former Pirate thankful for lessons taught by Coach Ruff http://robesonian.com/news/letters/50158727/Former-Pirate-thankful-for-lessons-taught-by-Coach-Ruff To the Editor, Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:12:06 EST Mother says UNCP camps were valuable experience for daughter http://robesonian.com/news/announcements-letters-opinon/50163155/Mother-says-UNCP-camps-were-valuable-experience-for-daughter To the Editor, Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:01:11 EST The battle to save downtown http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50164218/The-battle-to-save-downtown Vibrant downtowns in small rural towns have gone the way of the slinky. They really don't exist anymore.But Lumberton's continues to put up a good fight. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:01:06 EST Medicaid at top of list of GOP mistakes http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/50164058/Medicaid-at-top-of-list-of-GOP-mistakes When you consider all the bad choices made by the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory in the last two years — and there have been too many to mention — the one that may make the least sense was the decision not to expand Medicaid under... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:22:06 EST When the cost of media access is too high http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50162716/When-the-cost-of-media-access-is-too-high RALEIGH — It seems like a lifetime ago, but remember the euphoria when Baghdad fell in early 2003? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:49:03 EST Failing to vote in a democracy is disrespectful to our veterans http://robesonian.com/news/letters-opinon/50157111/Failing-to-vote-in-a-democracy-is-disrespectful-to-our-veterans To the Editor,Having just finished seeing “Lee Daniels' The Butler” for the first time, I am brought face to face with how these United States of America have evolved over the 50 years of my life. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:48:04 EST Help United Way help our children to rea http://robesonian.com/news/letters/50144978/Help-United-Way-help-our-children-to-rea The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is an international (USA, Canada and UK) program sparked by Dolly's vision to foster a love of reading among pre-school children and their families by providing a gift of a specially selected book every month... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:39:06 EST Spend an evening with Alexander Julian on Oct. 16 http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/50124696/Spend-an-evening-with-Alexander-Julian-on-Oct.-16 Another exciting literary event is coming up, and it's one you won't want to miss. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:20:05 EST Cummings enjoys a double-dip http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50150299/Cummings-enjoys-a-double-dip When The Robesonian began fielding allegations that Raymond Cummings, director of Transportation for the Public Schools of Robeson County and a county commissioner, was using a school-issued vehicle for purposes unrelated to his work with the system,... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:19:06 EST Plenty of diversity among NC newspapers http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50144303/Plenty-of-diversity-among-NC-newspapers RALEIGH — Is the market for news and information in North Carolina overly concentrated in a few hands? Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:47:04 EST The people have spoken http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50133236/The-people-have-spoken Who would have thought a City Council conversation about pyrotechnics would produce some fireworks? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:12:03 EST Some more tidbits from new state budget http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50132925/Some-more-tidbits-from-new-state-budget The dust is still settling on the $21.1 billion budget signed into law earlier this month, with details still emerging about the lesser-known policy and funding changes buried deep in the 260-page document. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:39:03 EST McCrory scramble to repair new budget http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50126245/McCrory-scramble-to-repair-new-budget The more days that pass since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the state budget, the more confusing that budget becomes, especially when trying to figure out what it means for public schools in North Carolina. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:41:10 EST Whistleblower blew smoke http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50121198/Whistleblower-blew-smoke The star witness in the prosecution of the athletics programs at the University of North Carolina is in fact guilty of a literary offense she accused some Tar Heel athletes of — plagiarism. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:42:07 EST