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Wos back on her familiar hot seat

Long-embattled Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos was on the hot seat again last week, facing questions from state lawmakers about a no-bid $6.8 million contract she awarded to an out-of-state firm to manage the finances of the Medicaid program.Wos’ response was telling. She told a legislative oversight committee that the department was simply overwhelmed.”We had an emergency in the department. We didn’t have enough people, and...

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Murdered man’s father says probe was botched

To the Editor,In reference to the letter to the editor that was published on Sept. 12 titled “Father of murder victim frustrated by lack of arrest,” I would like to comment.

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Disbabled man can’t get help from tribe

To the Editor,I’m a blind, disabled 62-year-old Lumbee Indian man. I’ve applied for assistance through the Lumbee Tribe Rehabilitation program due to leaky roofs, black mold and other decaying matters with my home. I was placed on a waiting list to receive help.I’ve been on this waiting list for three years now. I’ve made multiple call to the leaders only to be told that they’re in meeting. After leaving my name and number for a return call,...

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RALEIGH — When governors and state legislatures make their economies freer — through tax relief, regulatory relief, and labor-market reforms — who stands to benefit?According to labor unions, the answer is obvious. Only business owners and wealthy people prosper under smaller government. Confiscatory taxes, redistributive spending, and pro-union laws are needed for everyone else to enjoy real gains in income and living standards, they say.

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“Trick or Trot” a treat for nonprofit

As a board member of the Robeson County Partnership for Children Inc., I would like to invite you and your family to the first “Trick or Trot” 5K and Family Fun Run.The event will start at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1. The races are part of the nonprofit’s fall festival. The festival will kick off with a 5K race, a 1-Mile Fun Run, walk or stroll, a Toddler Trot Fun Run or walk, and will culminate with a festival full of family friendly activities that will run through the rem...

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Sealey provides the map for others to follow

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”— Micheal Coreleone, in “The Godfather”There is no doubt that several county commissioners worked to have Hubert Sealey defeated in his re-election bid during the recent Democratic primary, and that most — if not all — of the commissioners will be glad when he exits the board in December. So they will dismiss his claims that he cautioned them about violating federal laws in the wa...

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We must be vigilant against terror threat

Last week marked a very solemn date for our nation and a stark reminder that evil exists around the world. On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States of America fell victim to the most horrific terrorist attack in our history — an attack spurred by cowardice and hatred for our way of life. Thirteen years later, we remember the innocent lives lost and the sacrifices that were made; we remember the overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and despair; and we remember the heroism and courage of our...

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Cummings responds to magazine article

The following is a letter sent to David Kinney, editor in chief of the magazine Business North Carolina, from Greg Cummings, director of Economic Development for Robeson County, concerning a cover story in the magazine’s September edition — editor.Dear Mr. Kinney,If selling risk-averse business investors on the advantages of bringing their companies to Robeson County is a challenge in the 21st Century, it certainly hasn’t become any easier in t...

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Focus on coal-ash leaks, not panel

Raleigh was abuzz this week with the decision by Gov. Pat McCrory to let the coal ash legislation passed by the General Assembly this summer become law without his signature.McCrory told a television interviewer a couple of weeks ago that he was planning to sign the bill despite reservations about the new coal ash commission it creates with legislative leaders making the majority of the appointments.This week McCrory said he was still upset about the commission he believ...

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Father of murder victim frustrated by lack of arrest

To the Editor,July 15, 2014 was the two-year anniversary of the death of my son, John Ross Kissam. He was brutally gunned down at his home. As of today law enforcement is no closer to finding the person or persons responsible for his death.

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New pipeline certainly worth writing about

Last week was an up-and-down one on the economic front in Robeson County.As those with an interest in our collective economic future fretted over the release of Business North Carolina’s September edition, whose cover story painted the most unflattering portrait possible of Robeson County, the county was also thrown a lifeline, news that a 550-mile pipeline that will bring natural gas to North Carolina will end near Pembroke.The pipeline, which was announced by Gov...

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It’s a tough job spinning education

The propaganda machines on the Right are spinning furiously these days trying to convince people that the folks currently in charge in Raleigh are big supporters of public education.It’s a tough task, not only because they don’t have many actual facts to work with, but the key spokespeople can’t even get their talking points straight.WRAL-TV reported this week that Gov. Pat McCrory welcomed teachers back to school this fall by bragging about the average...

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Even $1.5 million shortchanges pair wrongly convicted

The lawyers for Henry McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown aren’t satisfied that they have been exonerated and — after spending 30 years in prison for heinous crimes that evidence suggests they not only didn’t commit but should not have been charged with or tried for — are now free.The lawyers say they will seek a pardon of innocence from Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican whose party works hard to appear tough on crime. The pardon is potentially 1.5 million...

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Veterinarian appreciative of all the thoughts, prayers

To the Editor,I am truly blessed to count you and so many as a friend. Your concerns, thoughts, expressions and most importantly your prayers have been and continue to be well-received and appreciated.The dog bite (trauma) from Thursday, Aug. 29, to my face appears to be healing and I am grateful. During my recovery I too will continue to pray for God’s mighty healing and laying hands on me.The first checkup on Sept. 4 was uneventful with the removal of ...

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Business magazine paints false portrait of Robeson

To the Editor,As an avid reader of Business NC, it’s difficult to understand its cover story on Robeson County in the September edition titled “This is the Place.” The magazine takes pride in “producing quality, in-depth journalism … that is always fair, accurate and thorough,” but not a single business person was interviewed.Why, for example, does a Fortune 500 company such as Campbell Soup continue to invest millions into its existin...

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