Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:28:39 EST 1800 Party labels don’t always register http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50226225/Party-labels-dont-always-register RALEIGH — I can't tell you the number of times I've seen people recommend or discount political predictions by citing party registration. Reacting to a voter survey, for example, they compare the party-identification data in the poll... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:01:04 EST Too close to call in race for Senate seat http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50218615/Too-close-to-call-in-race-for-Senate-seat RALEIGH — Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for re-election for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:52:09 EST Strong planning needed for prosperous economy http://robesonian.com/news/letters/50212129/Strong-planning-needed-for-prosperous-economy To the Editor, Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:17:05 EST Vouchers not about helping poor kids http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50213382/Vouchers-not-about-helping-poor-kids After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy unaccountable private school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:45:04 EST No margin for error with the death penalty http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50206814/No-margin-for-error-with-the-death-penalty There are a lot of reasons to oppose the death penalty.In no particular order, here are ours: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:25:04 EST Economic activity gets better measure http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50200541/Economic-activity-gets-better-measure RALEIGH — The Obama administration has been implementing new ways to measure economic activity in the United States. Although not exactly front-page news, this initiative deserves praise from anyone, regardless of political party or economic... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:30:04 EST US must answer threat posed by ISIS http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50192174/US-must-answer-threat-posed-by-ISIS Winston Churchill once said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Over the past several months, the world has watched with great concern the events unfolding around the Middle East and Eastern... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:34:03 EST Session revealed legislators’ disdain for public education http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50192201/Session-revealed-legislators-disdain-for-public-education The chaos that was the 2014 of the General Assembly finally ended, though there are rumors that Gov. Pat McCrory may call lawmakers back to town to pass more economic development legislation and maybe tackle Medicaid reform. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:33:06 EST Self-interest or the public good? http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50164191/Self-interest-or-the-public-good The prevailing belief in Robeson County that nepotism and cronyism supersede qualifications when it comes to landing jobs with the local government became more entrenched with the revelations at the Robeson County Housing Authority. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:30:05 EST Judges takes away school choice http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/50185620/Judges-takes-away-school-choice RALEIGH — For many years, state education and political leaders promised increasing our “investment” in public schools was the key to raising student achievement for disadvantaged students. And invest we did, increasing... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:01:08 EST A double dose of bad news http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50172316/A-double-dose-of-bad-news The news that Robeson Community College has about 1,000 fewer students enrolled for the fall semester this school year than it did in the fall semester of 2012 could easily be misinterpreted as meaning the local economy is on the rebound and people... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:08:05 EST Department needed to eliminate waste http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50176828/Department-needed-to-eliminate-waste There should be a department to eliminate waste, coordinate redundancy and monitor the rule of law in Washington. It doesn't exist. But it should. While no one wants another department, this one is different. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:36:05 EST Former Pirate thankful for lessons taught by Coach Ruff http://robesonian.com/news/letters/50158727/Former-Pirate-thankful-for-lessons-taught-by-Coach-Ruff To the Editor, Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:12:06 EST Mother says UNCP camps were valuable experience for daughter http://robesonian.com/news/announcements-letters-opinon/50163155/Mother-says-UNCP-camps-were-valuable-experience-for-daughter To the Editor, Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:01:11 EST The battle to save downtown http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinon/50164218/The-battle-to-save-downtown Vibrant downtowns in small rural towns have gone the way of the slinky. They really don't exist anymore.But Lumberton's continues to put up a good fight. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:01:06 EST Medicaid at top of list of GOP mistakes http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/50164058/Medicaid-at-top-of-list-of-GOP-mistakes When you consider all the bad choices made by the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory in the last two years — and there have been too many to mention — the one that may make the least sense was the decision not to expand Medicaid under... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:22:06 EST When the cost of media access is too high http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/50162716/When-the-cost-of-media-access-is-too-high RALEIGH — It seems like a lifetime ago, but remember the euphoria when Baghdad fell in early 2003? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:49:03 EST Failing to vote in a democracy is disrespectful to our veterans http://robesonian.com/news/letters-opinon/50157111/Failing-to-vote-in-a-democracy-is-disrespectful-to-our-veterans To the Editor,Having just finished seeing “Lee Daniels' The Butler” for the first time, I am brought face to face with how these United States of America have evolved over the 50 years of my life. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:48:04 EST Help United Way help our children to rea http://robesonian.com/news/letters/50144978/Help-United-Way-help-our-children-to-rea The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is an international (USA, Canada and UK) program sparked by Dolly's vision to foster a love of reading among pre-school children and their families by providing a gift of a specially selected book every month... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:39:06 EST Spend an evening with Alexander Julian on Oct. 16 http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/50124696/Spend-an-evening-with-Alexander-Julian-on-Oct.-16 Another exciting literary event is coming up, and it's one you won't want to miss. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:20:05 EST