laurinburgexchange.com
6

The $50,000 race horse

Last week, a stranger had just pulled up in front of Ol ’Charley’s store pulling a horse trailer. The stranger got out and marched right in through the front door of the store. He was a short, bow-legged fellow with a leather jacket that had enough rhinestones on it to choke a horse. He had on a wide-brim 10-gallon hat and fancy cowboy boots on with a set of silver spurs attached.

1 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

The benefits of being ‘too happy’

Recently, I had one of my board members tell me that he was not too sure about me when I first moved to town, because he thought I was always too happy. At first I took offense at the comment. Of course, in general, I am a happy person, but for some reason, I took that comment as an insult. In general, I do not take offense very easily. If I did, then I am definitely in the wrong business, but I guess I was having a moment of weakness that day. Driving away from his office, I was thinking abo...

1 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Read others’ work and decide for yourself

“I don’t read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.”Many years ago when there were still lots of conservatives voting in Democratic primaries, a congressional candidate pandered to conservatives by trashing a liberal newspaper. But he lost ground with other voters who thought he should keep up with congressional issues covered in that newspaper even if he disagreed with its views.More recently, a widely respected conservative political ...

2 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

How can NC communities revive?

My wife and I recently spent a long weekend in New York City celebrating our wedding anniversary. It’s amazing how time flies: This is No. 34, thank you!New York City — or simply “the City” to native New Yorkers — conjures up both negative and positive feelings. We’ve visited the City many times (my wife was born in New York, although not in the City). It is crowded, busy, noisy and confusing. People can be pushy, partly because if you don’...

2 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Stress inspires a call to the wilderness

In my life, the internal call to the wilderness — to the trees — is my reminder that life has gotten too hectic, too stressful and it’s time to slow down and sooth my soul.For as long as I can remember time in the woods has been essential to my being. Raised by parents who had us out in the wilderness for much of our childhood, I find it only natural to find my grounding outside the confines of the walls in life.

5 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Both camps collaborate on job skills bill

As your Representative, it’s a priority of mine to build relationships across the aisle and find pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our nation. Now — more than ever – our families, our students, our workers and our veterans need real solutions. You deserve solutions to help create jobs, build a healthy economy, provide more opportunity and ensure access to quality health care. I’ve had a busy week in Congress, and we have made good progress to pass bipartisan s...

5 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Report a reminder of misplaced priorities

While folks inside the beltline in Raleigh were parsing every rumor about the budget dance between House and Senate leaders, a new national report provided a stark reminder of just how out of touch the negotiators in the corner rooms of the Legislative Building are with many of the people they represent.The 2014 Kids County Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released this week ranks North Carolina 34th in the overall well-being of its children and 38th in their economic w...

6 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Welfare should not be hidden in tax code

When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing.Right now, for example, Democratic politicians and left-wing activists are castigating Republicans in the General Assembly for proposing a reduction or elimination of North Carolina’s tax credit for film and television production. They say that the tax break, with a state fiscal impact of $61 million a year, is critical to luring and retaining businesses that employ th...

6 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Bill forces counties into false choice

Plans to finance both public education and transit at the local level would be stopped in their tracks under the version of legislation (House Bill 1224) that has emerged from the state Senate Finance Committee. The bill not only places a hard cap on the local sales tax rate at 2.5 percent but also only allows counties to levy a sales tax increase for either education or transit — not both. This bill joins a slate of other bills that would restrict local control.

7 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Speech-stifling ordinance grants notable exemption

On June 26, in McCullen v. Coakley, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law requiring pro-life activists to stay outside a 35-foot “buffer zone” around abortion clinics. Although the outcome of this landmark First Amendment ruling was unanimous, the justices were deeply divided in their legal reasoning.

7 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Good fire protection stems from great partnerships

When government increases taxes there is a general push back from citizens. This year the Board of Commissioners voted to increase the fire tax from 2 cents to 5 cents, and the action was greeted with more support than outrage. Unlike most county funded services, fire protection is easy for people to understand. The need is simple — when your property is on fire, the fire departments responds and put it out.Why did the commissioners increase this tax? Why was there no outrage...

7 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

School board should be praised for discussion of system’s needs

To the editor:Our community needs to thank our school board for the time and effort spent in meeting to address our public educational needs. Such clear-eyed, common sense as they show is a much-needed antidote to the heated political churning going on in Raleigh under the guise of “helping our children.”

7 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Where are the charges against owners of sweepstakes cafes?

To the editor:Looking at the paper, I see that Scotland County again has the highest unemployment rate in the state, at 12.7 percent.

8 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Ol’ Charley done found religion

Last week we left Ol’ Charley Perkins as mad as a setting hen ‘cause he thought someone had poisoned his bear. Charley won’t never much of a religious man anyway, no-sir-re. Why he never would go to Sunday school, church or revival meeting. In fact, if’en you didn’t watch him, he’d cheat you blind. He’d go to weigh out a customer a mess of fish, looking them straight in the eye, and I be dog gone if’en Charley wouldn’t have his thumb on th...

8 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Scotland offers plenty of things to do

“There’s nothing to do in Scotland County!”Have you ever heard this? I have and every time I hear it, I really want to scream. There are at least two to three times a month when I either have to decide which event I attend or I go somewhere and leave early, so that I can make it to the next event. Yet, there are people who think there is nothing to do in Scotland County. I just don’t understand it!

8 days 22 hours ago | | | Email

Weather

Sponsored By:

Local Gas Prices

Lowest Gas Prices in Laurinburg
Laurinburg Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com

Featured Business