Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:11:20 EST 1800 Citizens must step up to fix our ailing county Robeson County suffers from an extraordinary number of maladies which negatively impact our quality of life. Race and culture, apathy toward our leadership and political process, lame educational system, attitude of dependency, high crime and property... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST COMtech invited input at Thursday event This Thursday's business mixer at Mariani's will include something more than the typical snack and chat with prizes. COMtech will be seeking input from attendees on a variety of topics and new initiatives set to roll out this fall. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The truth about the unemployment rate RALEIGH — Several readers have corresponded with me recently about my series of columns on North Carolina's recent drop in unemployment. Why, they ask, am I devoting so much of my attention to this issue? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Working across the aisle yields successes As your representative, it's a priority of mine to build relationships across the aisle and find pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our nation. Now — more than ever — our families, our students, our workers and our veterans... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST ‘Man of the hour’ It's been said that if you put two infants in a crib that they will get along fine. Add a third, however, and chaos is assured. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Report: NC children lag in well-being While folks inside the beltline in Raleigh were parsing every rumor about the budget dance between House and Senate leaders, a new national report provided a stark reminder of just how out of touch the negotiators in the corner rooms of the... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The Left goes both ways on tax issues RALEIGH — When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Lack of confidence The director of the Robeson County Housing Authority has been found guilty of nothing, and there should be a presumption of innocence until the facts no longer allow for such benevolence. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST CJ all over upcoming election coverage RALEIGH — As the North Carolina General Assembly continues to wind down its legislative work for 2014, my Carolina Journal colleagues are already turning their attention toward what promises to be a fascinating midterm election... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Crime getting more expensive The day will come that Robeson County is forced to build a jail that might cost as much as $50 million, but before that happens, it appears that a $1 million Band-Aid will have to be placed on the head of the current facility. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Bill strips tax choices from counties Plans to finance both public education and transit at the local level would be stopped in their tracks under the version of House Bill 1224 that emerged from the state Senate Finance Committee this past week. The bill not only places a hard cap on the... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Illegal traffic stops being used to combat crime To the Editor,I just finished reading your story titled “Pembroke police charge 2 with drugs.” Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Chef Academy teaches more than cooking I recently had the pleasure of working an entire week with 15 fabulous young people during our second annual 4-H Junior Chef Academy. It was awesome seeing those young people learning not only how to cook, but also learning proper etiquette during a... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST We must find way to secure our borders As many of you know, we currently have a crisis along our southern border. While the White House continues to claim that border security is at its strongest in history, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have illegally made their way into the... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The state’s public policy by the numbers RALEIGH — Several of my recent columns have addressed the statistical basis of political disputes over education funding, the state budget, and declines in North Carolina's unemployment rate. Researching these articles prompted me to... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Campbell’s victory Berlester Campbell, we are convinced, benefitted from his campaign pledge to not cash his monthly stipend of $700 as a county commissioner, but to donate it to a worthy cause in District 2, which he will begin to represent when he joins the county... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Union threatens fat lady at the Met The fat lady will sing — but only in strict keeping with the work rules set out by the American Guild of Musical Artists. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Plant the seed for fruitful debate RALEIGH — I'm told that while there is no firmly established gift tradition for a 28th anniversary, the modern practice is to signify the event with an orchid. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Food for thought More than four out of five of the 24,000 students who attend the Public Schools of Robeson County were already receiving a free or reduced-cost lunch, but beginning with the next school year, almost all of the students will eat for free. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Parties shouldn’t mix politics, religion Can Christians be Democrats? The question seems ridiculous. But the Rev. William Barbour's moral Monday protests create relevant questions concerning morality and politics these days. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST