Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:25:19 EST 1800 Public deserves to know if candidate no shows http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50737092/Public-deserves-to-know-if-candidate-no-shows RALEIGH — Newspapers never have been hesitant to shame a public official into appropriate behavior. It's a time-honored tradition. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:54:03 EST It’s a time for all of us to count our blessings http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50733555/Its-a-time-for-all-of-us-to-count-our-blessings This week, families and friends will 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... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:50:04 EST ACA a life-saver for this lady http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50732931/ACA-a-life-saver-for-this-lady 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 16:38:06 EST Enforcing immigration laws will solve a lot of problems http://robesonian.com/news/letters-opinon/50731381/Enforcing-immigration-laws-will-solve-a-lot-of-problems To the Editor,Do we really have a broken immigration system or do we have a broken immigration law enforcement system? Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:39:08 EST Still too early to claim victory http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50716696/Still-too-early-to-claim-victory RALEIGH — 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... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:01:06 EST Shelter idea gets a chilly response in Fairmont http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50716861/Shelter-idea-gets-a-chilly-response-in-Fairmont On Tuesday night, a group of Fairmont residents during that town's Board of Commissioners meeting made it clear that they didn't want the board to move forward with the discussion of turning a town-owned building into a shelter that would... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:12:09 EST Border Belt Museum offers look at rural life http://robesonian.com/news/letters-opinon/50715427/Border-Belt-Museum-offers-look-at-rural-life To the Editor, Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:55:05 EST Fracking rules fall way short http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50716506/Fracking-rules-fall-way-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 last Friday. As you've probably heard by now, the panel voted unanimously to... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:53:04 EST Tragedy strikes again in southern Robeson County http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50708960/Tragedy-strikes-again-in-southern-Robeson-County These are their names: Kadaufei Worley, 16, of Lumberton; Tylek McNair, 18, of Fairmont; Daylon Cummings, 14, of Rowland; Kashawn Leonard, 19, of Fairmont; Derrick Baker, 18, of Fairmont; Andrew Hill, 18, of Fairmont; Wesley Chavis, 23, of Fairmont;... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:25:09 EST Rock for Jocks and the motive of profit http://robesonian.com/news/letters/50706988/Rock-for-Jocks-and-the-motive-of-profit To the Editor, Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:51:06 EST McCrory and corruption, Part II http://robesonian.com/news/Op-Ed-opinion_columns/50708615/McCrory-and-corruption-Part-II It's getting hard to keep up with all the conflicts of interest inside the McCrory administration. The latest troubling news comes in an Associated Press story revealing that McCrory's environmental agency has hired a former lawyer for... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:04:08 EST Blue, red and what’s in between http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50699719/Blue-red-and-whats-in-between RALEIGH — One of the legacies of the George W. Bush era was the codification of the red-blue color scheme for American politics. Newspapers and TV networks used the results of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections to produce maps... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:22:04 EST Lumbees already cast their vote: It’s no confidence http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50672363/Lumbees-already-cast-their-vote:-Its-no-confidence We expect that fewer than one in 20 Lumbee Indians eligible to vote in Tuesday's Tribal Council elections will bother to do so. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:46:06 EST US should take all-of-the-above energy approach http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50687634/US-should-take-all-of-the-above-energy-approach 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 15:40:04 EST NC teacher shortage looming http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/50687006/NC-teacher-shortage-looming It might not be a surprise given the decisions made by the General Assembly in the last four years, but North Carolina faces a teacher shortage in the not too distant future and lawmakers keep doing things to make the problem worse. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:41:11 EST New panel lacks transparency http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50685349/New-panel-lacks-transparency Gov. Pat McCrory's new private nonprofit shadow Commerce Department announced its full roster of board members this week and the news was dutifully reported by the media across the state — but most stories left something important... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:00:04 EST William McGirt stays the course, provides a lesson http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50672445/William-McGirt-stays-the-course-provides-a-lesson There's never been a shortage of outstanding athletes in Robeson County, but too often their careers end in high school because they don't give the same attention to the books as they do to the basketball or baseball. Still, this county... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:56:05 EST Dems whiff on election excuses http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/50670200/Dems-whiff-on-election-excuses RALEIGH — Why did Democrats have a disappointing mid-term 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 09:03:03 EST GOP grades well on mid-term http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/50670210/GOP-grades-well-on-mid-term The mid-term election was a huge Republican success. Thom Tillis' win tipped the U.S. Senate. Richard Hudson was easily re-elected to the 8th congressional seat and David Rouzer replaced retiring Democrat Mike McIntyre in the... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:09:05 EST Tribal Chairman Brooks has been busy giving out jobs http://robesonian.com/news/letters-opinon/50664441/Tribal-Chairman-Brooks-has-been-busy-giving-out-jobs To the Editor, Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:53:04 EST