Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:27:16 EST 1800 Life’s rewards well worth the hike http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150210120/Lifes-rewards-well-worth-the-hike A number of years ago, I attended a retreat in the mountains of North Carolina. Autumn had arrived, and I looked forward to a change of scenery. I don't remember much about the speeches or sessions, but the highlight of the trip was a hike up a... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:55:16 EST LETTER: It’s time for a moratorium on city’s solar industry http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/150208065/LETTER:-Its-time-for-a-moratorium-on-citys-solar-industry To the editor: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:33:12 EST LETTER: Candidates disappoint in Common Core question http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/150206495/Candidates-disappoint-in-Common-Core-question To the editor:I attended the candidate forum held at Scotland High School the evening of Oct 16. I attended because I want to make an informed vote when I step into the ballot box on Election Day. I was... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:24:04 EST The high cost of getting elected http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150190632/The-high-cost-of-getting-elected One of the most disturbing aspects of the heated battle between Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis for the U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina has nothing to do with the positions or statements of either candidate or the sniping by... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:40:03 EST RCC courses address skill gaps http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150178770/RCC-courses-address-skill-gaps Jobs.When Richmond Community College was working to create its institutional priorities for the 2014-15 academic year, jobs were the singular theme that kept recurring.So we made it our focus. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:08:17 EST Changes to Thursday’s candidates forum http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150161911/Changes-to-Thursdays-candidates-forum Nov. 4 is right around the corner and I hope you are planning to go out and vote! Of course, these days, you can early vote as well. I guess I'm old fashioned, but there's something special about voting on the actual day, so I'll be... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:57:08 EST The honeymooners meet the fire chief http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150161944/The-honeymooners-meet-the-fire-chief You know as I look back, it's hard to realize my wife and I have been married over 45 years — my how time do fly when you're having fun. Why it seems like only yesterday we both were driving school buses. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:57:06 EST Letter: America will answer for the amendments to God’s word http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/150162761/Letter:-America-will-answer-for-the-amendments-to-Gods-word To the editor: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:18:07 EST Changes unlikely to affect turnout http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150151037/Changes-unlikely-to-affect-turnout The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted the block on North Carolina's election-law changes for the 2014 campaign. It was a dramatic end to months of dire warnings, raucous debate and courtroom machinations. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:03:04 EST North Carolina’s last liberal http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150149506/North-Carolinas-last-liberal What was the greatest political upset in North Carolina political history? Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:03:04 EST Part two of a Scotland County account from the Civil War http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/150041421/Part-two-of-a-Scotland-County-account-from-the-Civil-War The following is the conclusion of a two-part, first-hand account of a Scotland County resident's experience during the Civil War. The first portion ran in our Oct. 4 edition and can be found at www.laurinburgexchange.com — editor. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:35:05 EST Numbers show distressing trend http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/editorial-opinion/150127417/Numbers-show-distressing-trend None were more surprised than we to find that Scotland County is now ranked the most violent county in the state by the North Carolina Department of Justice.It was not a story that we enjoyed reporting. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:34:12 EST Security depends on Second Amendment http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/150114480/Security-depends-on-Second-Amendment We, the United States, are at war whether the current administration will admit it or not. This war did not start on 9/11 but rather when President Jimmy Carter decided to remove the Shah of Iran from power some 35 years ago. Carter, another leftist... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:59:09 EST Several work together for Scotland http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150100133/Several-work-together-for-Scotland Over recent weeks, I've told you about the Tourism Department and our interest in growing the local economy by helping bring visitors to Scotland County. Throughout this weekly column, you have heard leaders of local businesses and organizations... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:27:08 EST Lesson learned at the drive-in http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150084245/Lesson-learned-at-the-drive-in “Let's head out for the drive-in tonight”, was what a lot of people would say back in the day. Now this is not to be confused with a drive-thru at a fast food restaurant in today's world, don't you know. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:37:10 EST Shopping local spreads holiday joy http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150083942/Shopping-local-spreads-holiday-joy “You Can't Buy Happiness, but you can Buy Local, and that's Kind of the Same Thing.” Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:37:09 EST The Scots and their mountain music http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150067957/The-Scots-and-their-mountain-music As the International Bluegrass Music Association's five-day “World of Bluegrass Festival” wound down in Raleigh a few days ago, some people were still asking where did bluegrass music come from, anyway? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:35:06 EST Staff cut through red tape http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150067667/Staff-cut-through-red-tape You all sent me to Washington to be principled conservative who is willing to work across the aisle and fight for you and your priorities. I've worked hard not only to hopefully exceed your expectation, but also to make myself as accessible as... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:34:08 EST A Scotland County account of the Civil War http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150041381/A-Scotland-County-account-of-the-Civil-War This is the first of a two-part, first-hand account of a Scotland County resident's experience during the Civil War — editor. The next installment of this story will run in the Oct. 11 edition. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:08:04 EST Give political polls a college try http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150031585/Give-political-polls-a-college-try The first and only time I ever helped take a political survey was during my undergraduate days at the University of North Carolina back in the 1980s. I was one of many journalism students who made phone calls on behalf of the Carolina Poll, a regular... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 01:29:05 EST