Laurinburg Exchange- RSS opinion Feed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:15:56 EST 1800 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 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 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 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 “He is number 42,” I said. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:52:17 EST 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 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 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 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 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 Maintaining city’s appearance a priority July 1 marks the start to a new budget year for most state and local governments. Unlike many private companies, which align with the calendar year, state and local governments operate on a budget year that runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:45:12 EST Sterilization compensations falls short Recent news that the North Carolina Industrial Commission has denied more than 300 claims for compensation from the $10 million Eugenics Compensation Fund and allowed just 180 of the nearly 800 claims filed may come as some surprise in light of the... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:45:03 EST Local leaders missed profitable opportunity for Abbott building To the editor:What a great loss! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:45:15 EST Unfortinately for GOP, Obamacare a success To the Editor: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:45:13 EST Chamber to hold summit in Washington I find it funny that one of the biggest benefits a Chamber of Commerce provides for a community is advocacy at every level of government, yet it is probably one of the least known. I have heard a person say that the chamber is just a party group who... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:45:11 EST Country clotheslines and wash pots Any of ya'll remember when everyone had a clothes line and a No. 12 or bigger wash pot sitting in the backyard? Well if'en you do, you're 'bout my age or older. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:45:09 EST Failing to adjourn an important action The most important thing the legislature did this year is what it did not do.Adjourn. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:09:14 EST Eighth district experiences unique growth The first week of August has come and gone, and many of you are soaking in the last few weeks of summer. As our families prepare for the start of a new school year, the last thing they need to worry about is a sluggish economy, dwindling paychecks and... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:09:13 EST Legislators flunking on coal ash pond solution The most conspicuous failure in this year's largely unsuccessful legislative session was the adjournment — or more correctly, congressional-style recess — last weekend without the passage of a bill responding to the massive coal ash... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:56:11 EST In the end, progress made in Raleigh This legislative session has reminded me of watching my in-laws fight. It was loud, boisterous, impassioned, argumentative, at times totally unreasonable, accusatory, crazy, painful, and yet sometimes funny to watch — predictable and... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:56:09 EST