Cribb should be thanked for efforts to expose fraud

To the editor:Well, the election is coming up and the county commissioner’s race will be over. Scotland County commissioners and county adminstration officials will have landed on their feet again. The shady dealings are well covered. By this, I mean the hiring of a tax appraiser, I believe and can prove, should not have been done. The cover up of his misdeeds is complete. The favors he did for some property owners were clearly against the law. Mr. Sam Cribb found proof of un...

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Global meat production a cause of climate change

To the editor:Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands marched throughout the world demanding action on climate change. One hundred and 20 world leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations summit on climate change.What can we do? A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that the contribution may be closer to 50 percent. The meat industry generat...

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Too early to judge highway plan

Fiscal conservatives tend to look askance at large issuances of public debt. In this sentiment, they are in good company. “I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse,” wrote James Madison, “and in a Republican Government a greater curse than any other.” His mentor Thomas Jefferson agreed. “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt,” he said. George Washington warned against “throwing upon posterity the burden which we ours...

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NC’s new poverty data sobering

Poverty remained high in North Carolina last year, according to new Census Bureau data released last week. The new data highlight that many people have not benefited from the state’s weak economic recovery and that North Carolina must do more to help struggling people afford basics like decent housing, nutritious food, and reliable child care, and transportation.

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Little-known cuts by McCrory

Most of the heated debate this fall about the decisions made by the folks in charge of the General Assembly for the last few years has focused on a handful of big issues, funding cuts to public schools, new restrictions on abortion services, lower benefits for unemployed workers, the refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the rush to allow fracking for natural gas in North Carolina, and tax cuts that primarily benefited the wealthy and large corporations.Those we...

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Tourism has high impact in Scotland

Each fiscal year, the North Carolina Department of Commerce monitors and reports tourism expenditures for every county in the state. The department takes into account travelers that come into the county and, by researching average expenditures in stores and restaurants as well as overnight hotel stays incurred by these folks, are able to identify dollars that are brought in and spent in Laurinburg and Scotland County. The 2013-2014 Economic Impact Report has been released by Secretary of Comm...

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Wheeling, dealing and sometimes winning

I’ve made a lot of trades and deals in my life time. No, not paper stocks and bonds but livestock, dogs, tractors, guns and such. Anything I thought I could possibly make a dollar or two on I would get. Buy cheap, sell high or get something better by trading up was my way of thinking. Why I learned the trading business from some of the best old time traders there were around these parts. It gets in your blood don’t you know. It’s like gambling, you can’t get enough of ...

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Chamber website gets facelift

Have you checked out our website lately? If not, I encourage you to do so. Jennifer McRae has been working with Philippe Laurent to put together a new look for our web presence and it looks great! This is a project we began working on over a year ago and we were able to go live with the new look in July. Jennifer works on our page most days to keep information up to date, ensuring our online directory is complete and comprehensive, and adding to the community calendar. We want to make sure we...

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How Scotland connected NC to the modern world

Did North Carolinians have a stake in the outcome of last week’s referendum in Scotland?Maybe not the same kind of stake the residents of Scotland had, but our ties to that land are so close, so important, and so contemporary that perhaps we should have been entitled to vote on the question of its independence from the United Kingdom.New evidence of our enduring ties to Scotland comes in a few days with UNC Press’s release of “Wayfaring Strangers: The M...

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Bill helps to curb aviation fees

I ran for Congress so I could fight for the people of North Carolina’s eighth district. Like so many of you, I felt like Washington was not listening to us and our government was at a standstill, paralyzed by partisanship and politics. Since my first days as your representative, I have worked hard to find common sense solutions to our nation’s problems by working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I have strived to define myself not only by my actions as someone who ge...

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Building a path back to power

North Carolina progressives have earned a good deal of deserved praise at the national level over the last year or so for their spirited resistance to the conservative political takeover that has afflicted our state. Let’s hope that resistance continues.That said; there’s clearly a need for more than just saying “no” to the right. But how? Is there a way to get ahead of the current stampede to the right and start winning back some of what we have lost, as we...

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Low wages beat no wages

Labor unions and “moral” activists once again have convinced a few of the poorest and least educated workers in the Triangle to walk off their jobs and demand publicly that they all be priced out of work and their jobs be taken by machines.True, that isn’t what they think would happen if the federal minimum wage rose to $15 an hour. Practically, however, if they got what they wanted, that’s what would happen.Working for the lowest allowable wage i...

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Being gay still a fireable offense

North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger made headlines recently for suggesting that firing people from their jobs solely because they are gay is one of the “freedoms we enjoy” as Americans.Pittenger’s startlingly offensive remarks came as supporters of a federal employment non-discrimination act that would protect gay workers on the job are trying to force a vote on the proposal in the U.S. House.

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School funds increased under Tillis

Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan’s direction.How come? The main cause, it seems, is that Hagan and her allies have vastly outspent Tillis and his allies on TV ads since Labor Day — and the claims in those ads, on education funding, have both pulled some swing voters into Ha...

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Clean water should not be taken for granted

The coal ash problem in North Carolina was here long before the Dan River spill in February. This is a decades-old problem — one that should not take decades to correct. Senate Bill 729, the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 passed, making North Carolina the first state to adopt a comprehensive plan to clean up its coal ash dumps. I voted for the bill. It is a good first step. However, it goes neither far enough, nor fast enough. The Yadkin-Pee River is the lifeline for this region, provi...

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Too early to judge highway plan

Fiscal conservatives tend to look askance at large...

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Manufacturing jobs have changed

After months of hushed planning and work behind closed...

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