Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:24:40 EST 1800 A boat made for the Pee Dee http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50421659/A-boat-made-for-the-Pee-Dee For some reason or other I've always loved being around water. Why when I retired I held a State Water and Wastewater License. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:43:15 EST Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50421407/Todays-youth-are-tomorrows-workforce Happy “Back to School” week! Since I do not have children, this week is just another work week for me, but I know for so many of you, this is the week to go back to the hustle and bustle of getting the kids out of bed in time for everyone... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:43:14 EST Identity thieves target kids, adults http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/50407108/Identity-thieves-target-kids-adults I'm sorry to report that child identity fraud is alive and well in 2014. If anything, the problem may be worsening as identity thieves devise new methods to steal — and use — children's personal information. Most commonly,... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:09:22 EST What are the gains, gaps in our economy? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50406820/What-are-the-gains-gaps-in-our-economy Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort, and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:09:21 EST A non-lawyer on the Supreme Court? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50406671/A-non-lawyer-on-the-Supreme-Court President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio's Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.Not really, of course. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:09:20 EST Foolish choice on Medicaid expansion http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50384917/Foolish-choice-on-Medicaid-expansion When you consider all the bad choices made by the General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory in the last two years — and there have been too many to mention — the one that may make the least sense was the decision not to expand Medicaid... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:33:19 EST World ignored signs of ISIS power http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50382859/World-ignored-signs-of-ISIS-power Winston Churchill once said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Over the past several months, the world has watched with great concern the events unfolding around the Middle East and Eastern... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:33:18 EST School prep should include immunizations http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50382878/School-prep-should-include-immunizations Back-to-School season is here. It's time for parents to gather supplies and back packs. It's also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:32:07 EST NC doesn’t need gimmicks to attract jobs http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50369982/NC-doesnt-need-gimmicks-to-attract-jobs Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly say they need more “tools” for economic development in North Carolina — by which they mean targeted tax breaks and corporate subsidies. They often point to South... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:50:10 EST Budget allocates millions for seniors http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50369512/Budget-allocates-millions-for-seniors As our schools are set to begin the new school year, students are both nervous and excited. Parents are encouraging their children and helping them get ready, backpacks are filled with school supplies and teachers are getting classrooms and lesson... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:50:04 EST Scotland Health meeting financial challenges http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50353475/Scotland-Health-meeting-financial-challenges In simple terms, what does an overall community and an individual patient expect from its hospital system? Doesn't a community expect that its hospital system provide the best and most appropriate care that it can afford? Doesn't a patient... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:16:06 EST Spreading the Scotland County story http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50335158/Spreading-the-Scotland-County-story Last week, I was in Cincinnati for a conference for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. I had an amazing time, met people from across the world, and learned an overwhelming amount of information. There were speakers who are famous... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:18:04 EST Manufacturing jobs have changed http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/editorial-opinion/50337953/Manufacturing-jobs-have-changed After months of hushed planning and work behind closed doors, Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday announced the arrival of a Quebec company to Scotland County, along with a $62 million investment and nearly 200 jobs that will bring a collective payroll of $3.2... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:18:03 EST Bubba’s ill-fated trip to the beach http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50335829/Bubbas-ill-fated-trip-to-the-beach Several years ago my friend Bubba and I decided we would take our wives on a weekend trip to the beach. Now if you have been keeping up with my column, you know that going anywhere with Bubba is an adventure. Bubba was working second shift at a local... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:17:09 EST Remembering baseballs’ No. 42 http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50317823/Remembering-baseballs-No.-42 “He is number 42,” I said. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:52:17 EST Is the economy recession prone? http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50317627/Is-the-economy-recession-prone Most of us focus on decisions affecting our daily lives — earning an income, spending, investing, and looking ahead to our retirement. If we have some time left over, we try to have fun! Businesses face similar choices about production,... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:52:06 EST Business summit set for September http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50305612/Business-summit-set-for-September North Carolina's businesses are a vital component of our national economy and must be afforded every opportunity to prosper, grow and create jobs. It's a state priority, as well as one of my own, to support industries and small businesses... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:06:14 EST Raises for all not the best policy http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50305679/Raises-for-all-not-the-best-policy Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year's state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all rather than giving large raises... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:06:13 EST McCrory scrambles to change budget http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50288671/McCrory-scrambles-to-change-budget The more days that pass since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the state budget, the more confusing that budget becomes, especially when trying to figure out what it means for public schools in North Carolina. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:18:02 EST Vote for those who will represent voters http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/50288836/Vote-for-those-who-will-represent-voters The United States government is said to be based on a Representative Democracy, but is it? We vote for candidates that represent our way of thinking — but do they? Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:17:03 EST