Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:28:16 EST 1800 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 RCC offers chance for better future Across the United States, community colleges must consider our responsibilities to students and to the future of our communities. In April, the American Association of Community Colleges released the report resulting from several years of work by... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Easier to create prejudice than understanding On Saturday we published a story on the observance of the holy month of Ramadan by area Muslims, knowing full well that this story would likely incite some nasty online comments as stories that highlight minority groups tend to do. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Water is so important In November, I wrote a column about the importance of making smart drink choices and decreasing sugar consumption. Participants of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Robeson... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Learning lessons from Detroit Nearly a year ago, the once-proud city of Detroit declared bankruptcy. As a professor, I prefer to analyze a situation once the dust has settled, as I've done for the past few months with the Affordable Care Act. The situation with Detroit, the... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Enjoy holiday, but stay safe The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many North Carolinians.Families and friends have gathered across the state to celebrate our nation's independence with parades and parties. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Time for Robeson to shed the labels District Attorney Johnson Britt recently said Robeson County should “put away the labels.” He's right. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Planned pipeline would hurt environment, should be stopped To the Editor, Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Welfare state Without a lot of attention, the board for the Robeson County Department of Social Services last week approved a budget of an astounding $441 million that takes effect on Tuesday. That is such a huge number that perspective is demanded, and here it is:... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Washington shouldn’t stifle job creation If you are like me, you're fed up with the bad news, scandals and coverups continually coming out of Washington. From the Internal Revenue Service using the “dog-ate-my-homework” excuse to duck responsibility, to the U.S. Department... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Cutting taxes is the real budget story Most of the talk in Raleigh these days is about the sniping between House and Senate leaders as lawmakers try to come up with a final budget agreement. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST