Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION http://laurinburgexchange.com/section/OPINION Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:55:32 EST 1800 Heroes united before Thanksgiving http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150628234/Heroes-united-before-Thanksgiving Families and friends will soon gather around their tables to celebrate Thanksgiving. This special holiday originated from the first harvest of the new world — a time when the Pilgrims and Native Americans joined together in fellowship to feast... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:11:09 EST North Carolina’s new fracking rules fall short http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/150633496/North-Carolinas-new-fracking-rules-fall-short The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission issued its final vote on proposed changes to the rules regulating the process of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas — i.e. fracking — last Friday. As you've probably heard by now, the... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:11:03 EST The life-saving success of the ACA http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150615603/The-life-saving-success-of-the-ACA You'd never know it from the overheated political rhetoric of the Right these days, but thousands of people in North Carolina have been signing up for health care coverage since the new enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act began last... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:13:06 EST No victory parade, yet http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150615360/No-victory-parade-yet Although I support the tax cuts and other fiscal policies adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory over the past two years, I have repeatedly urged policymakers and commentators alike to avoid making grandiose claims about... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:13:04 EST Dispelling myths about hospice http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150596457/Dispelling-myths-about-hospice Each November, hospice organizations around the world celebrate National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. You might wonder why I chose the word “celebrate” in conjunction with this annual observance — but in fact, there is much to... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:21:12 EST Downtown gears up for new look http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150595918/Downtown-gears-up-for-new-look Downtown Laurinburg will look very different this holiday season. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:21:10 EST Why dad was held back http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150580350/Why-dad-was-held-back The 2014 World Series hasn't been over long. Both teams played their hearts out to be the world champions. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:48:13 EST Gratitude can unlock true joy http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150580104/Gratitude-can-unlock-true-joy Recently I read a blog which really resonated with me and I thought it would be something many of you may read and appreciate as well. This is a recent column, Gratitude: The Antidote for Greed, which is a post at Mary Hunt's Everyday Cheapskate... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:48:09 EST LETTER: Antonio Blue thanks supporters http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/150581757/LETTER:-Antonio-Blue-thanks-supporters To the editor:I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the voters who supported the principles for which I stand in the 2014 midterm elections. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:54:04 EST LETTER: Last month’s festival was a well-organized success http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/letters-opinion/150579911/LETTER:-Last-months-festival-was-a-well-organized-success To the editor:Even though this letter relates to Halloween and it is now late November, it is important to me to draw your attention to the subject. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:11:04 EST LETTER: Kersey’s campaign based on defamation of Jones’ character http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150564727/LETTER:-Kerseys-campaign-based-on-defamation-of-Jones-character To the editor: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:03:13 EST Honoring veterans a personal mission http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150568171/Honoring-veterans-a-personal-mission Last week's series on World War II veterans living in Scotland County, which began the previous Saturday, Nov. 8, with a profile of Clarence Coughenour, is one of the most personally gratifying projects I've written in my 40 years of... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:03:13 EST Jim Leutze wants his state back http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150559979/Jim-Leutze-wants-his-state-back “I am mad as hell and I want my state back.” Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:03:12 EST End war on energy production http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150548759/End-war-on-energy-production One message I received loud and clear this election was the American people want their leaders to work together, to find common ground and to focus on bipartisan solutions to spur job creation and strengthen the economy. I agree this is how our... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:22:12 EST It’s time to go to work http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150549452/Its-time-to-go-to-work First, thank you to all who voted in the recent elections. I'm grateful for the support across the 25th Senate District. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:22:10 EST Young vets facing job hurdles http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150545834/Young-vets-facing-job-hurdles As we pause this week to honor the service and sacrifices made by veterans to protect our freedom and the American Dream, we should not forget that for too many veterans the American Dream remains out of reach. Sadly, many veterans and their families... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:22:09 EST GOP can turn Socialist tide http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150534071/GOP-can-turn-Socialist-tide The United States was born and is still in a state of political controversy. Practically from the beginning, the very basics of our political system has been challenged by very different political philosophes. Would you believe these differences in... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:13:12 EST Exploring legends of the fall http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150512142/Exploring-legends-of-the-fall Why did Democrats have a disappointing midterm election? Ask the Democrats. They've been thinking about this a lot and offer many explanations. Let's explore their various legends of the fall campaign. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:48:06 EST Understanding child poverty http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150512231/Understanding-child-poverty A new report about child and family poverty from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ought to be required reading for new and returning state lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory and his staff ought to take a long hard look at it too. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:47:07 EST Leaving Scotland County in a better place http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150512661/Leaving-Scotland-County-in-a-better-place By now, I think it is safe to assume that most people know that I resigned as the Scotland County Economic Development Director, with my final day of work on Nov. 7. While I was only the Economic Development Director for Scotland County for the past... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:47:05 EST