Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION Wed, 1 Apr 2015 04:28:56 EST 1800 Panel works to make fight game safe http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152632719/Panel-works-to-make-fight-game-safe Any state allowing professional combat sports matches such as boxing, kickboxing or mixed martial arts is required to have a commission to regulate and supervise these events. As a commissioner for the NC Boxing Authority, I try to provide updates to... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:56:12 EST Economy is peachy in Georgia http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152633682/Economy-is-peachy-in-Georgia RALEIGH — According to most economic indicators, North Carolina's economy is on the upswing. Job growth exceeds the regional and national averages. The state's recent decline in unemployment — even when you include discouraged... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:16:13 EST A dinosaur named Sue, and the Sioux http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/152574130/A-dinosaur-named-Sue-and-the-Sioux This week's column is bound to be a hit with 6-year-old boys — a key demographic for every newspaper columnist.It's about dinosaurs. More accurately, it's about dinosaurs that died... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:21:20 EST Library springs into action http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/152576706/Library-springs-into-action Playing outside with my nearly 1-year-old infant in the middle of March is not something I am accustomed to, having come from New York. But always one to adapt to new situations, I am more than willing to embrace what I consider to be an... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:21:18 EST Tax proposal not perfect, but step in right direction not perfect, but http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/152618414/Tax-proposal-not-perfect-but-step-in-right-direction-not-perfect-but Critics of legislation that would dramatically alter the way the state distributes sales tax say that it would be robbing the rich in favor of the poor, but isn't that the foundation for this nation's tax code? Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:16:12 EST Nation in need of balanced budget http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152618027/Nation-in-need-of-balanced-budget March Madness is quickly coming to an end, and at this point, your basketball bracket might be either busted or barely hanging on. Whether we're N.C. State, UNC or Duke fans, we can all agree that North Carolina's teams have had a good run... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:46:24 EST (No heading) http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/152597671/ House votes Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:46:11 EST Corporal punishment used mostly on Lumbee students in Robeson http://robesonian.com/news/letters-opinion/152580681/Corporal-punishment-used-mostly-on-Lumbee-students-in-Robeson To the Editor, Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:11:12 EST NC should shore up savings http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152553504/NC-should-shore-up-savings RALEIGH — When I tell audiences that I have always been a committed Marxist, I usually get a combination of disbelieving snorts and knowing chuckles. The cleverest response goes something like this: “I can believe you've been a... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:26:12 EST A camera’s eye make sense for our police officers http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/152559101/A-cameras-eye-make-sense-for-our-police-officers If Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson, Mo., police officer had been wearing a camera on Aug. 9, 2014, just imagine all that this country would have been spared following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:46:22 EST Government isn’t always the enemy http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152558979/Government-isnt-always-the-enemy One of the most interesting debates of this General Assembly session is about a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown to redistribute local sales tax revenue among counties by increasing the share allocated to rural areas and decreasing how... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:16:16 EST Voter ID stands constitutional test, takes effect Jan. 1 http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/152535718/Voter-ID-stands-constitutional-test-takes-effect-Jan.-1 A decision this week by the United States Supreme Court not to hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law suggests that a similar law in North Carolina will take effect as scheduled on Jan. 1, 2016. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:51:11 EST Rational conversation needed on job http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152530538/Rational-conversation-needed-on-job North Carolina desperately needs a thorough, public and serious debate about economic development policy and the use of incentives to attract new jobs to the state. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:56:12 EST Check swing benefitted Democrats http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152504613/Check-swing-benefitted-Democrats RALEIGH — To the extent that Roy Cooper has a reasonable chance of defeating Gov. Pat McCrory for re-election, it's because many of his fellow Democrats failed in their efforts to change the electoral process in 1980s and early... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:21:11 EST Creep gets cornered in “The Jinx” http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/152387229/Creep-gets-cornered-in-The-Jinx The fortune of real estate scion Robert Durst can be traced back to his grandfather Joseph Durst. A poor Jewish immigrant, Joseph cobbled an empire out of a handful of cut-rate New York properties and founded the Durst Organization in 1915. His son,... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:46:11 EST Some good news for Robeson Co. multipled by 4 http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/152490545/Some-good-news-for-Robeson-Co.-multipled-by-4 This newspaper, like every newspaper, hears it all the time — that we are only interested in negative news because it sells. It's a frustrating accusation, one that is easily disproven with a scan through these pages, with the latest... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:41:12 EST We must fight threats from D.C. http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152478506/We-must-fight-threats-from-D.C. All across the country last week, we joined together to celebrate National Agriculture Day and recognize the tremendous impact America's agriculture community has on our daily lives. From the fields to our kitchen tables, to the clothes we wear... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:56:13 EST RCC prepares for possibility of deep budget cuts http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/152434739/RCC-prepares-for-possibility-of-deep-budget-cuts We know there are plenty of employees at Robeson Community College who are worried about their future employment.Several told us so — even if not on the record. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:31:11 EST When HUD arrives, Lumbee people should be there too http://robesonian.com/news/letters-opinion/152425280/When-HUD-arrives-Lumbee-people-should-be-there-too To the Editor,During the week of March 23, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development is scheduled to begin its annual audit of its $13 million grantee — the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:16:11 EST Vindictiveness killed Fellows program http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152432159/Vindictiveness-killed-Fellows-program If you are looking for an example of how the pettiness and bitter partisanship of the folks currently running North Carolina have hurt the state, it's hard to find a more illustrative one than the decision to end the North Carolina Teaching... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:51:11 EST