Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:45:33 EST 1800 Tax shift in NC continues State lawmakers are targeting cash-strapped homeowners as they continue to pursue tax changes that would shift even more of the tax load to low- and middle-income taxpayers, while preserving tax benefits that have largely flowed to the wealthy and... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:06:16 EST Tax changes in effect this year It is officially tax season! By now you should have received your W-2s and additional tax documents needed to correctly file your 2014 tax returns. Let's take an overall look at some of the important tax changes that took effect for the 2014 tax... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:06:14 EST Good news from low gas prices As of this writing, the price of gasoline in the Raleigh area has reached lows of less than $2 a gallon, and many states are seeing prices lower than that. Globally, in the last year, the per-barrel price of oil has fallen from more than $100 a barrel... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:06:13 EST Rural America a mix of success, challenges There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980's farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:41:18 EST Lessons we can learn from failure I think we're all familiar with the W. C. Fields quote, “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.” Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:41:12 EST Music barn a down-home treasure The other Tuesday my wife and I had some business in Moore County, around Robbins. It was around 5 p.m., and our business taken care of, we decided to turn east on N.C. 24/27 toward Carthage and visit our good friend Clyde Maness down at Maness... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:41:11 EST Two NC stories about the ’57 Chevy What is it about a 1957 Chevrolet?Like The New York Times offering on its store page a scale model, “1957 Bel Air 50th Anniversary Edition $99.95. Numbered, limited edition of 1,957.” Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:56:11 EST Amnesty action unconstitutional As you know, there is an ongoing debate over the legality of President Obama's unprecedented executive action to grant amnesty to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants. I stand firm in my belief that Obama's actions are not only... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:46:12 EST Grades a step towards transparency In 2013, the N.C. General Assembly implemented an A-F school grading system for all public schools in the state. Two years later, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction has released school performance grades for the first time. These grades reflect... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:01:12 EST LETTER: School system’s low grades concerning To the editor: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:51:13 EST Liberals should do their homework Upon reading Rep. Garland Pierce's opinion piece in the Feb. 7 issue titled “McCrory out of touch,” it appeared that he was being rushed by perhaps a previous obligation as he used “I want to say quickly” to lead his... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:51:12 EST Economy dominates governors races Governors make lots of decisions. They propose budgets. They hire Cabinet secretaries and other key officials. They appoint members to governing boards. They sign or veto bills. They offer or withhold clemency to criminals. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:46:19 EST Zeb Vance, master of sarcasm My last name often prompts questions about whether I am a member of the Pate family from Laurel Hill. Soon after I began working at this newspaper in August, I was sent to various public functions at which people routinely wear a self-adhesive name... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:46:18 EST McCrory makes disturbing workers comp claims One of the most startling claims made by Governor Pat McCrory in his State of the State address to the General Assembly earlier this month was his statement about problems with the way worker's compensation claims were paid to state... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:46:11 EST Network offers companionship, support I remember graduating from High Point University and going to work for the High Point Chamber of Commerce. It seemed that everywhere I went I was always the youngest person in the room. A lot of what I was involved in was required because of my... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:21:14 EST A dancing lesson at Mountain Creek When I was 14 years old my family moved from Derby, North Carolina to another community not too far away called Mountain Creek. We had lived there about a month when Daddy came in one Friday afternoon and said we were going to go to the Mountain Creek... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:21:12 EST Ready to send Winter packing News flash — it's cold outside, and only going to get colder.Seriously. Much, much colder. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:21:11 EST A Black History Month Valentine Each February we celebrate Valentine's Day and Black History Month.There is an important, but seldom if ever mentioned, connective link. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:46:13 EST Putting legislative focus on family issues My colleagues and I in the U.S. House of Representatives have had a productive start to the 114th Congress. We've passed 42 bills — nearly all with bipartisan support — that deal with jobs, veterans' health care, energy... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:46:11 EST Unplug and enjoy quality family time I have traveled more than 1,000 miles over the river, through North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and through the woods to grandmothers house with my two sons. We traveled the distance in a small... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:46:12 EST