Robesonian- RSS OPINION Feed http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION http://robesonian.com/section/OPINION Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:17:03 EST 1800 Hit and miss http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/4526907/Hit-and-miss Officials with the Public Schools of Robeson County collectively hold their breath each year when the state releases information on the use of corporal punishment. Robeson County not only leads North Carolina each year, but by a substantial margin... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Easter a time to count our blessings http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4521216/Easter-a-time-to-count-our-blessings Last week and next, the House is in recess so it is great to be back home in North Carolina. This past weekend I was incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the grand marshal and honorary starter for the NHRA Four-Wide... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The stupid hounding of Condoleezza Rice http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4517005/The-stupid-hounding-of-Condoleezza-Rice If Condoleezza Rice were as self-pitying and politically crass as Attorney General Eric Holder, she would be wondering aloud what it is about her race and gender that accounts for the hostility to her. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST US still has some growing up to do http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4517752/US-still-has-some-growing-up-to-do I spent the past couple of weeks at Beth Israel Hospital, flat on my back and getting all kinds of tests that led to the discovery of what is known as an ablation. I finished my hospital run with a stent inserted in my wrist. It was intended to... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST ACA gets it right on maternity insurance http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/4517643/ACA-gets-it-right-on-maternity-insurance Despite early setbacks, millions of people have now enrolled in private insurance plans that meet new standards set by the Affordable Care Act. All of these policies must now cover a broad set of benefits, including prescription drugs, mental health... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The racist threat from the right http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4506860/The-racist-threat-from-the-right Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Playing games with the numbers http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4510015/Playing-games-with-the-numbers The irony seemed to completely escape Gov. Pat McCrory Wednesday as he took the podium at a Tax Day event to heap praise on last year's tax package that gave huge breaks to millionaires and large corporations while asking many small businesses... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Who opposes school choice — and why? http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4498102/Who-opposes-school-choice--and-why RALEIGH — Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Aaron, Carter and the KKK http://robesonian.com/news/editorial/4498607/Aaron-Carter-and-the-KKK Hank Aaron, the black former major-league baseball who in 1974 surpassed the home-run record held by Babe Ruth, an American icon who was white, recently reflected on that bittersweet time — sweet because the record finally was his, but bitter... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Local legislators don’t score well with family-value votes http://robesonian.com/news/letters/4470739/Local-legislators-dont-score-well-with-family-value-votes To the Editor, Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Our once-great nation is on a corrupt and sinful path http://robesonian.com/news/letters-opinion/4495516/Our-once-great-nation-is-on-a-corrupt-and-sinful-path To the Editor, Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Reading and right http://robesonian.com/news/editorial-opinion/4480982/Reading-and-right In the summer of 2010, when news broke that the football program at the state's flagship university was being investigated by the NCAA, officials at the University of North Carolina took an accommodating posture. Instead of mounting a... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST This is Day 2 of earning for yourself http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/4482784/This-is-Day-2-of-earning-for-yourself RALEIGH — The weather is getting warmer, the plants are in bloom, and people are starting to spend more time outside. Yes, it's springtime, and as we get more comfortable with the season change, one thing continues to put a damper on... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Rand Paul’s foreign policy problem http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4481052/Rand-Pauls-foreign-policy-problem The oil-services company Halliburton is an old obsession of the anti-Bush left, and evidently of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Mississippi falls back to hateful ways http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4480962/Mississippi-falls-back-to-hateful-ways Mississippi, my adopted home state, place that I love, is reverting to its old ways, which many of us who live here had believed and hoped to be in the distant past. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The problem isn’t ‘stepping on toes’ http://robesonian.com/news/opinion/4471014/The-problem-isnt-stepping-on-toes Gov. Pat McCrory seems to think that every time people in Raleigh have questions about one of his proposals, it is because he is courageously “stepping on toes” of people in entrenched institutions who refuse to consider doing things... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST That big lie on women earning less http://robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/4154794/That-big-lie-on-women-earning-less To paraphrase the line often attributed to Mark Twain, there are lies, damn lies and the “equal pay” statistic. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The oppressed majority http://robesonian.com/news/opinion/4421277/The-oppressed-majority Three judges from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing a case that may have lasting impact on North Carolina's gay marriage ban next month. The topic came up over the weekend while out with friends, and more than one of these... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Precautions should be taken when preserving food http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/4447063/Precautions-should-be-taken-when-preserving-food It's here! It's the time of year for all “food preservation buffs” to sharpen their skills and tools for the 2014 fresh produce season. Proper working equipment, up-to-date research-based recipes, food safety knowledge, and... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Friends of Robeson Library to hold annual dinner http://robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/4444241/Friends-of-Robeson-Library-to-hold-annual-dinner The annual meeting of the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library is scheduled for April 22 at the Pinecrest Country Club in Lumberton. Attendees will enjoy a social hour, a delicious dinner and a keynote speech by Brenda McKean. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST