Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:15:01 EST 1800 America becoming a welfare state http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153049575/America-becoming-a-welfare-state A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. — George Bernard Shaw Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:41:21 EST Your view: Should Sunday hunting be legal? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/153099741/Your-view:-Should-Sunday-hunting-be-legal Filed on April 13 in the N.C. General Asssembly, House Bill 640 — the “Outdoor Heritage Act” — proposes the reinstatement of Sunday hunting in North Carolina. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:41:21 EST A humbling pair of corrections http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153076400/A-humbling-pair-of-corrections Coming back to my roots in community journalism has been fun, but also a humbling experience. I've had to write my most painful corrections of a 40-year career since landing in Laurinburg. Maybe I can plead senility; poor hearing, certainly. So... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:36:44 EST Gerrymandered maps allow GOP control http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153076246/Gerrymandered-maps-allow-GOP-control The last few weeks have made clear again what government reform advocates have said for almost 30 years in North Carolina. Politicians should not be allowed to choose their voters, to draw their own districts for election to anything, Congress, the... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:36:42 EST Raise tax on government bonds http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153075846/Raise-tax-on-government-bonds Never let it be said that I am against all tax increases. Please raise the tax on state and local government bonds — immediately. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:36:40 EST Lord’s creations never cease to amaze http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153023970/Lords-creations-never-cease-to-amaze The Lord's creations never cease to amaze me, especially in the spring. One night last week I heard the lonesome sound of a Whip-poor-will off in the distance, while frogs croaked all though the swamps. The springtime brings back beautiful birds... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:21:11 EST LETTER: Redistricting plan doesn’t make sense http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/153046263/LETTER:-Redistricting-plan-doesnt-make-sense To the editor: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:51:11 EST LETTER: Board made the right call on grading policy http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/153046034/LETTER:-Board-made-the-right-call-on-grading-policy To the editor: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:36:13 EST US tax code hurts our economy http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153020988/US-tax-code-hurts-our-economy Last week was a stressful one for many of us as we stared down the daunting tax code to file our taxes by Wednesday's deadline. To say our tax code is a mess is an understatement. At 4 million words — which is 3,998,800 more than the King... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:06:18 EST LETTER: Board should be ashamed of proposal to close Pate-Gardner http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/152986999/LETTER:-Board-should-be-ashamed-of-proposal-to-close-Pate-Gardner To the editor: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:16:23 EST Take time to enjoy the view http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152992343/Take-time-to-enjoy-the-view It is remarkable to me that until quite recently I never gave much thought to the ways in which my Nova Scotia summers formed the person I've become. I spent many of my summers from the age of 9 to 19 away from friends, TV and telephones in the... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:16:21 EST Steps to forming a corporation http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152967725/Steps-to-forming-a-corporation Last week we reviewed the start-up process for limited liability companies. This week let's focus on the beginning steps for successfully forming a corporation. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:36:14 EST GOP’s Tax Day claims fall short http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152950374/GOPs-Tax-Day-claims-fall-short Tax Day 2015 didn't exactly turn out like state legislative leaders had planned. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:56:20 EST Take politics out of redistricting http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152923850/Take-politics-out-of-redistricting Every two years, North Carolinians go to their polling places to cast votes for the people who will represent them in the U.S. Congress, and the North Carolina House and Senate. On Election Day, we want our voices to be heard. But our voices are not... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:11:15 EST Chamber to celebrate recipients of Governor’s Awards http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152915705/Chamber-to-celebrate-recipients-of-Governors-Awards Across the state, North Carolina has a great program to recognize its citizens for outstanding service to their community. This program is the North Carolina Governor's Awards. For the past couple of years, the Chamber of Commerce has been... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:11:13 EST Make a good impression — coming and going http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152917050/Make-a-good-impression--coming-and-going I am sure all of you out there — just like me — have experienced embarrassing moments that stand out in your memory. The one I'm going to tell you about today happened when I was 12 years old. It was Easter weekend and my family was... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:11:11 EST LETTER: Kudos to Lutheran youth for food collection http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/152887865/LETTER:-Kudos-to-Lutheran-youth-for-food-collection To the editor: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:16:14 EST NC books to take to bed with you http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152887591/NC-books-to-take-to-bed-with-you Here are five recent books, starting with a novel featuring a thinly disguised Jesse Helms, by North Carolina authors to put on your bedside reading table.“Billy Bowater” Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:16:13 EST Obama’s strategy fails in the Middle East http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152887424/Obamas-strategy-fails-in-the-Middle-East 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 10:16:12 EST Police cameras could address deeper problem http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/152857189/Police-cameras-could-address-deeper-problem It baffles us how a police officer could shoot someone in the back. Not only how they could be so callous as to pull a trigger when a suspect is clearly not an immediate threat, but also how they thought they could get away with it. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:41:12 EST