Opinion (322)

U.S. President Donald Trump recently declared a "national emergency" under which he intends to divert money from the U.S. Department of Defense's budget and use it to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

No biggie, Trump said as he announced the "emergency." Happens all the time (59 other times since 1976, to be exact). Purely routine.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:57

COLUMN: Election fraud up close and personal

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After months of news reports, we finally got a good look at the people in Bladen County involved in the election fraud in the 9th Congressional District. Most seemed unwitting participants in the scheme but they also indicated an effort to cover up their activities led by McCrae Dowless. So far, it’s been a fascinating look at a ploy to rig an election and testimony gave clear evidence that what they did was illegal. I had a bunch of thoughts as I watched the proceedings via twitter.

Monday, 18 February 2019 17:39

EDITORIAL: Keep Richmond County clean

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Thirteen tons.

It’s not an early version of the classic Tennessee Ernie Ford tune, but how much roadside garbage has been collected in Richmond County over the past two months.

Monday, 18 February 2019 12:53

COLUMN: Can government make us happy?

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Is it the job of government to make you happy? While it may seem like a straightforward question, there are some important subtleties packed into those few words.

Letting Democrats and Republicans draw electoral districts, effectively selecting their constituents, erodes confidence in our elections. Why then do we place them solely in charge of running our elections as well?

I was talking to my younger daughter on the telephone the other day and she was telling me how she was addressing envelopes for letters and thank you cards. 

A lot of people have sent her things since she moved to Alabama and she is just now getting around to formally thanking everyone. She has thanked most everyone on social media or by text message, but she felt that a handwritten thank you would be more appropriate for some folks. 

Under the guise of preventing mass shootings, North Carolina lawmakers tried to chip away at the Second Amendment this week.  

Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:17

COLUMN: Universal background checks are back

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While everyone was chatting about the 2018-2019 United States government shutdown, House Democrats introduced a universal background check bill H.R. 8 on Jan. 8, 2019.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:21

COLUMN: Where justice goes to die

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The traditional depiction of Lady Justice is a woman wearing a blindfold to demonstrate impartiality. In her right hand she wields a sword (symbolizing swift punishment for the guilty). Her left arm holds aloft a scale to weigh the opposing sides' cases — publicly, for all to see.

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