Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Fri, 29 May 2015 06:34:22 EST 1800 LETTER: Who should fund the Wounded Warriors Project? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/153774095/LETTER:-Who-should-fund-the-Wounded-Warriors-Project To the editor: Fri, 29 May 2015 05:46:15 EST How bankruptcy affects tax debt http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153772679/How-bankruptcy-affects-tax-debt For the month of May the Legal Corner has focused on the various types of bankruptcy filings and their advantages and disadvantages. One of the major advantages discussed was the ability to discharge, or in other cases repay, certain debt. One of the... Fri, 29 May 2015 05:46:14 EST Mixed messages for whistleblowers http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153753104/Mixed-messages-for-whistleblowers Governor McCrory signed a bill Tuesday that is designed to spur action from would-be whistleblowers who work in the group home and nursing home industries. The new statute, which has been dubbed “Burt's Law” in recognition of a... Thu, 28 May 2015 07:16:27 EST Farming rule creates new loopholes http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/153750387/Farming-rule-creates-new-loopholes A draft rule issued by USDA aims to define what it means to be “actively engaged” in farming. The proposed rule makes some important changes, but those improvements are immediately undermined by two new loopholes introduced in the... Thu, 28 May 2015 07:16:25 EST Vets deserve more than lip service http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153717560/Vets-deserve-more-than-lip-service Once again, Memorial Day weekend has passed. This weekend is commonly regarded as the country's gateway to summertime and the time for cookouts, beach trips, good times with family and friends and the chance to sleep in on Monday. Wed, 27 May 2015 07:11:23 EST Status quo no reason to cheer http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153729964/Status-quo-no-reason-to-cheer One of the most telling parts of the long debate on the House budget came in a discussion over an amendment offered by Rep. Marilyn Avila to end tax credits for renewable energy, the latest round of what has become a crusade against solar energy by... Wed, 27 May 2015 07:11:22 EST Living with new-fangled gadgets http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153703352/Living-with-new-fangled-gadgets My grandparents will always hold a very special place in my heart. Everybody else called them “Hopie and Gladys,” but to us they were Granddaddy and Grandmother. (She was always Mother to her children and Grandmother to her grandchildren... Wed, 27 May 2015 07:11:21 EST Historian rates Obama presidency http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153700929/Historian-rates-Obama-presidency “How will historians rate Barack Obama's presidency?” Tue, 26 May 2015 08:31:29 EST LETTER: Laurinburg should take former mayor’s advice http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/153701505/LETTER:-Laurinburg-should-take-former-mayors-advice To the editor: Tue, 26 May 2015 08:31:13 EST Remembering doesn’t require grand gesture http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/153667188/Remembering-doesnt-require-grand-gesture As evident by the number of cars that will be found on our highways this weekend, for many whose employers allow them the opportunity, Memorial Day marks the first unofficial day of summer — a day to celebrate in the backyard or at the beach,... Sat, 23 May 2015 08:11:18 EST LETTER: Information for a historical day trip http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/153659117/LETTER:-Information-for-a-historical-day-trip To the editor:Scotland County Genealogical Society will not be going for their annual outing. However, I think your readers will be interested in what I learned while researching the possibilities for our outing. Sat, 23 May 2015 08:11:16 EST A holiday lobster named Jim http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153660359/A-holiday-lobster-named-Jim It's Memorial Day Weekend: A time to honor those who have served our country and given it all. It's also an opportunity to thank the veterans and their families who have served our country and provided us with the freedoms we enjoy, and... Sat, 23 May 2015 08:11:14 EST Remember the fallen this Monday http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153660081/Remember-the-fallen-this-Monday Patriotism. It's one of many feelings I get when I see an American flag. More than just stiches and dye on a piece of fabric, the American flag stands for liberty, freedom and pride. It represents the history of our nation and soars as a symbol... Sat, 23 May 2015 08:11:13 EST Basics of filing Chapter 11 http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153638784/Basics-of-filing-Chapter-11 Last week the Legal Corner discussed the basics of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and some of the benefits it may provide to individuals who may consider filing. This week we will cover the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy process and some of the advantages and... Fri, 22 May 2015 06:46:15 EST GOP in uproar over proposed spending http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153615599/GOP-in-uproar-over-proposed-spending Listening to the folks on the Right railing against the House budget proposal this week you'd think that the spending plan was an updated state version of the New Deal, chocked full of new initiatives and public investments to provide more... Thu, 21 May 2015 02:21:19 EST Surplus should be returned to taxpayers http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153615497/Surplus-should-be-returned-to-taxpayers If leaders of the North Carolina House are right that the state needs a 6.3 percent increase in General Fund spending for the coming year, then they were wrong two years ago when they helped craft an historic tax-reform package to boost North... Thu, 21 May 2015 02:21:18 EST The best snake dog in the Southeast http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153584178/The-best-snake-dog-in-the-Southeast When I was 10 years old my great uncle gave me a little mixed hound puppy. The mama of this pup was a fine black and tan hound, while the daddy was just a mixed up feist named Ol' Rattler. Uncle L.D. said the only reason he kept Rattler around... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:06:20 EST Legal code needs common sense http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153587208/Legal-code-needs-common-sense Because of tax reform, less burdensome regulations, and a general spirit of optimism, you have confidence that North Carolina is on the right track and this is the place to invest and start a business. You leap into the world of entrepreneurship. But... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:06:19 EST A new wave of technological unemployment http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153586046/A-new-wave-of-technological-unemployment Although the job market in North Carolina has been improving for the last five years, there still is a long way to go. The number of people employed today is 4 percent higher than before the recession and 12 percent more than in 2000. But since the... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:06:18 EST Strong defense system is vital http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153557347/Strong-defense-system-is-vital One of Congress' most important constitutional duties, and a responsibility I take very seriously, is to provide for the common defense. These past few years alone have taught us we face barbaric terrorists like ISIS and murderous regimes like... Tue, 19 May 2015 07:11:25 EST