Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:36:33 EST 1800 Clean water should not be taken for granted http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50670932/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... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:52:11 EST A letter to Scotland County visitors http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50670686/A-letter-to-Scotland-County-visitors As I mentioned in this column a few weeks ago, few people work 51 weeks of the year in anticipation of coming to Scotland County for a week's vacation. However, we do get a number of people that come in for events, or stay a few extra hours or... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:52:08 EST A big snake and a cruel trick http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50655942/A-big-snake-and-a-cruel-trick Last week, I told you a little about old grist mills and how most are of a by-gone era. This week, I'm going to tell you a true story about the creepy crawling things that still hang around these old mill sites. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:36:07 EST Volunteers the best part of the Chamber http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50656349/Volunteers-the-best-part-of-the-Chamber When people ask me what I like most about my job, I always have a quick answer — it is the volunteers. It always has been my favorite thing about working for a Chamber of Commerce. Of course, when I was at the High Point Chamber of Commerce, I... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:35:05 EST Smoking can lead to SIDS http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50637288/Smoking-can-lead-to-SIDS Do you know that secondhand smoke can increase the chances of your infant becoming a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, known as (SIDS)? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is crib death, or an unexpected death of an infant, and continues to be a tragic... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:37:37 EST Apply lessons learned in old wars http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50636858/Apply-lessons-learned-in-old-wars At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:37:16 EST Basics of college savings plans http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50637109/Basics-of-college-savings-plans For many people, their biggest expenses in life are funding retirement, buying a home and paying for their children's college education — or a portion of it, anyway. Setting aside money for these and other financial goals is difficult,... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:37:10 EST 2 ways to improve NC’s economy http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50624442/2-ways-to-improve-NCs-economy A strong state Earned Income Tax Credit and a robust minimum wage are twin pillars that together form the foundation of a stronger economy — even for those with low-income jobs. Unfortunately, North Carolina state leaders recently demolished one... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:20:14 EST U.S. must fight to eradicate ISIS http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50624272/U.S.-must-fight-to-eradicate-ISIS This week marked a very solemn date for our nation and a stark reminder that evil exists around the world. On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States of America fell victim to the most horrific terrorist attack in our history — an attack spurred by... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:20:12 EST Independent assessments needed http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50606664/Independent-assessments-needed RALEIGH — North Carolina's public schools have just released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly from districts eager to claim a large increase in... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:16:12 EST Coal ash commission not the problem http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50607264/Coal-ash-commission-not-the-problem Raleigh was abuzz this week with the decision by Gov. Pat McCrory to let the coal ash legislation passed by the General Assembly this summer become law without his signature. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:16:11 EST Contraception switch a con job http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50587809/Contraception-switch-a-con-job It's one of the great political wonders of 21st-century America: Nearly 50 years after the United States Supreme Court struck down the quasi-medieval laws of states that then barred even married couples from obtaining contraceptives, some... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:10:32 EST St. Andrews continues trend of diversity http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50590930/St.-Andrews-continues-trend-of-diversity As the new school year gets underway, the St. Andrews University campus and the barns at the Equestrian Center are alive again with faculty, staff, students (and horses!). While this year's entering class is slightly smaller than last... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:10:31 EST Old Grist Mills and big snakes http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50572108/Old-Grist-Mills-and-big-snakes I'm sure most of us have heard our elders talking about taking corn or wheat to a Grist Mill and having it ground into corn mill, flour or scratch feed for the chickens. This was a common practice during the 1800s and even through the first half... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:55:24 EST Education leaders to school community http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50571878/Education-leaders-to-school-community Located within 30 miles of where I sit at the Chamber of Commerce office, are the Scotland County Schools, Richmond Community College, St. Andrews University, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. These institutions are helping our... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:55:22 EST Scotland has made great strides to break down racial barriers http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/50572348/Scotland-has-made-great-strides-to-break-down-racial-barriers We attended a wake at the funeral home Friday night, but we listened to the Scots/Bulldogs game as much as possible on the radio. Then, we watched Channel 13's coverage of the game, including the touching report of Jaylend Ratliffe's... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:55:21 EST ‘Officer Friendly’ now a militarized policeman http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters/50575845/Officer-Friendly-now-a-militarized-policeman To the editor:Let's check our weaponry: 93,000 machine guns, 533 planes and helicopters, 180,000 magazine cartridges and 432 mine-resistant vehicles. OK, let's roll! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:55:19 EST In this election, every word counts http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50556252/In-this-election-every-word-counts First of all a warning: I am a Democrat. You cannot trust a partisan commentator to give an objective report on a political contest such as a debate between candidates for the United States Senate. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:40:13 EST Pipeline to boost 8th district http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50555686/Pipeline-to-boost-8th-district With the days still hot in North Carolina, it's hard to imagine turning on the heat, but winter's cold temperatures could bring increased demand for natural gas and increased energy costs for our families. I regularly hear concerns from... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:40:12 EST Crude labels don’t help political debate http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50539370/Crude-labels-dont-help-political-debate There's a bit of dark humor in the wacky world of online political discourse about how few back-and-forth comments it typically takes before someone accuses his or her adversary of being a Nazi, a communist or some other brand of... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:58:12 EST