Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 22 May 2015 15:36:43 EST 1800 Water Fest at a crossroads The 2015 version of the annual White Lake Water Festival has been in the books now for nearly a week, and its organizers — and here I am referring primarily to the face of the event, which is Dawn Maynard — should be pretty proud of what... Fri, 22 May 2015 03:01:12 EST A time to honor fallen soldiers and their family Each May, we take time as a country to celebrate our veterans, lifting them up for all the sacrifices they have made for the freedoms we have. And doing so is the good and right thing. We wouldn't be the country we are without them. Fri, 22 May 2015 00:01:12 EST Survey results are a welcome voting preview A recently released national research poll of registered North Carolina voters this month by the Civitas Institute shows overwhelming support for legislation in the state that provides legal protections for religious freedom. North Carolinians will... Tue, 19 May 2015 00:01:12 EST Historian on Hillary Clinton’s challenges Is it too early to start putting the 2016 presidential election in historical perspective?Maybe. Mon, 18 May 2015 12:26:12 EST The way forward for Congress Agreements on Medicare reimbursements in both houses, and on Iran, No Child Left Behind, Pacific trade and other issues in various committees led last month to a chorus of relieved approval both in Washington and in the press. Less noticed, but... Sun, 17 May 2015 13:41:12 EST When ‘open’ isn’t really open There are two phrases within the legal system which ring 100 percent true. They are: “The man who represents himself has a fool for a client” and “ignorance of the law is no defense.” Fri, 15 May 2015 03:01:12 EST Perception is now proof: Brady a cheat Why would East Bladen and West Bladen football coaches Robby Priest and Russell Dove pay any attention to things going on with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady? Why do any local coaches give a hoot about what the NFL will do after... Fri, 15 May 2015 00:01:15 EST Relay or Life is an opportunity to make a difference Cancer.It's a dreaded word and a deadly disease.Every day, many watch cancer overpower the strongest people they know. The disease comes in every form and fashion, unexpectedly visiting many close to our hearts. Tue, 12 May 2015 00:01:12 EST How will the job market change? Although the job market in North Carolina has been improving for the last five years, there still is a long way to go. The number of people employed today is 4 percent higher than before the recession and 12 percent higher than in 2000. But since the... Mon, 11 May 2015 15:01:12 EST Surprising heroes in a long struggle for justice Why does a moderate, progressive journalist write a book critical of his political idol, Terry Sanford, the late governor and senator, and make a hero of Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis? Mon, 11 May 2015 12:41:11 EST A trip to the very Big Apple Just recently, a friend and I took a trip to New York City for four days of sightseeing and to just get away from our normal routines. Sat, 9 May 2015 08:16:11 EST Students enjoy visit to Harmony Hall As an educator, sometimes, I wish I could step back into the 18th century one-room school house, where all the children were bright-eyed, bushy tailed and ready to learn the three R's. The discipline was strict and the children knew the value of... Fri, 8 May 2015 11:26:11 EST Government full of oxymorons I've never had the pleasure of meeting Charles Guyton, but I have a feeling I'd enjoy it simply because of an email he recently passed around. It was shared with me by a co-worker, and she deserves a hefty raise for doing so. Fri, 8 May 2015 03:01:14 EST Special message to the mothers everywhere Mother. Mommy. Mama. Mom. Whatever you call her, Sunday is her day. A special 24 hours set aside once a year to pay tribute to mothers.Cards.Flowers.Gifts both big and small. Fri, 8 May 2015 00:01:13 EST Sunday hunting: It’s not about God and guns God and guns. Tue, 5 May 2015 00:01:11 EST Restaurants serving up final meals I have some bad news for North Carolina politicians.Some of your best friends are dying.It is not people that I am thinking about.It is restaurants. Mon, 4 May 2015 15:01:11 EST Writer: Don’t ever give in to Ersatz An open letyter to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: Don't be afraid to discriminate against Ersatz (those that practice homosexual sex). Mon, 4 May 2015 11:46:13 EST Money, politics: We need change now I've seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. Sun, 3 May 2015 12:06:12 EST Why have some states recovered faster? The economic world doesn't treat everyone and everything equally. We clearly see this in the on-going debates about income inequality, CEO pay, the minimum wage and taxes. Another way we see this is in economic geography. For example, in North... Fri, 1 May 2015 13:46:11 EST Raising the age for dropouts is both good, bad In a perfect world, all high school students would earn that diploma and then they would either find a job — which a high school diploma hardly guarantees — or continue their schooling to learn a job skill or grab a college diploma that... Fri, 1 May 2015 00:01:13 EST