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Passing referendum has consequences

There are many very important reasons for opposing the county-wide beer and wine referendum besides religious ones.One of the most compelling reasons is that it robs each community of the right to decide for itself, and allows those who do not live in a community to determine the destiny of those who do. It also puts communities that have not incorporated into a township in danger of attracting bars that attract customers who do abuse alcohol and cannot be controlled, since there i...

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Putting NC growth in context

Where are America’s economic hotspots?If you answer that question based solely on what politicians or pundits say, you might well get it wrong. You might think that Sunbelt states consistently outperform Frostbelt states, or that California’s economy is a basket case. And if your media diet is limited enough, you might think that North Carolina’s recent economic performance has been lackluster or even poor.None of these propositions is supported by the ...

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Election letters

— Editor’s note: The Bladen Journal will post online or publish letters in support and/or opposition of candidates and referendums only through Tuesday, April 26.

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Vote for beer, wine referendum

I would like to encourage you to vote FOR the county-wide beer and wine referendum on May 6.If you go to church three times a week or barely make it one time a year at Easter, I encourage you to vote FOR.If you drink occasionally or never, I encourage you to vote FOR.If you live in Elizabethtown, Clarkton or East Arcadia — or live near the county line — I encourage you to vote FOR.Across this country, it is legal for citizens over 21 yea...

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National Day of Prayer looms

It’s that time of year again — the National Day of Prayer, to be held the first Thursday of May, which falls on May 1. The event will begin at noon.Please come to Elizabethtown Town Hall on West Broad Street and help pray for our country, our schools, government and our cities. We need to pray for our children because they are next in line to take over and rule.I think all of you who have come out to pray during all these years. God has made the difference, a...

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Battling bigotry

Hank Aaron, the black former Major League Baseball star 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 because America was exposed as a nation with too many bigots.

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Vote against the sale of beer, wine

Some do not know, others should remember — White Lake had an ABC store, but it closed within a year because not enough revenue came in to support it.Three different times a bar was opened in the former Front Porch Restaurant building. Each one of those bars were taken out because of the lack of revenue.Remember when people in Clarkton pushed for the sale of beer and wine because they wanted the revenue, so the town established a police force? Two years after the po...

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Communism a threat to America

Wake up and smell the coffee … you bet communism is a threat to our way of life and freedom. Communism is anti-God, church and Bible, anti-family and freedom.Communism holds that “religion is the opiate of the people; faith in God is foolishness. The Bible is a storybook. Churches must be closed.”Thirty percent of churches have done away with Sunday night services and Wednesday night prayer meetings. They have no problem with you going to church and wor...

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Your government as innovator? Yes!

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion. ...

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This is Day 5 of earning for yourself

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 things — tax day.April 15 arrived has come and gone, but do you know exactly how long it took you to pay those taxes?If we add up every tax you have to pay — federal, state, property, etc. — how long would it take? What is the ...

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Saying ‘thanks” isn’t enough

We say, “Thanks for your service,” when we met veterans of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq veterans. ...

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FCC should let markets work

In February, Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler declared that the North Carolina General Assembly had no authority to determine telecommunications policy in North Carolina.Well, okay, Wheeler didn’t single North Carolina out for particular scorn. But he did say that in the coming months, the FCC might decide to challenge state laws, like the one the North Carolina legislature enacted in 2011, that govern the ability of cities and counties to create their own broadban...

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Exactly where is the growth?

Economists love numbers – some might call it an occupational hazard. Numbers are our window into the workings of the economy. Without numbers, we’d have a difficult time understanding how the economy is changing, both in positive and negative ways. ...

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Brittney wants you!

The Bladen Journal’s advertising rep Brittney Woodell wants YOU! And you, and you and … even you!Woodell is currently hot on the trail of a sponsor (or three) for this newspaper’s newest online venue. It’s called MyOwnElizabethtown — a social media site that will allow anyone to share stories, photos, recipes, events, a shout-out to a grandchild who belted their first home run, snippets of a Sun...

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Writer: More sports coverage needed

I am writing this letter because I have a question: Why are their no pictures or writeups in the paper for the Rec games, whether it be basketball, baseball, soccer or football?I understand and see the writeups for the schools but none for Rec sports. I think there needs to be writeups for them also.We may be a small town, but still the children love playing sports and the Rec sports are just as important as the school games. These sports and children want to be recogniz...

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