Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:35:41 EST 1800 Spotlight shone on accepting our differences Oscar acceptance speeches tend, with rare exceptions, to be bland/dull/excruciatingly boring thank-you lists of names of people who few in the television audience recognize. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:12 EST Devotion of a loving wife Tonya Shaw and I met in September 2006 and married April 25, 2008. During these last eight-plus years, our relationship has been put to the test in ways that most would never even consider making through. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:06:11 EST Hate crime tag aside, murder is still murder Law enforcement is busy trying to determine if Craig Stephen Hicks — we will skip on the use of allegedly here — executed three Muslims in Chapel Hill recently because of his disdain for the religion of Islam or if he was simply angered... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:01:12 EST President calls the budget shots It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress's 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:51:12 EST Race card is never very constructive Playing the “race card” rarely endears anyone to those who will so quickly use it, except perhaps to those who share a racist attitude toward issues, decisions and/or circumstances. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:01:12 EST The dumbing down of America In 1965, I graduated from a small country school here in Elizabethtown and went on to bigger and better things. Were it not for the basic education I received, the chances are pretty good that I and many others from that period would have ended up... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:01:12 EST Presidents’ Day has a number of interesting facts Presidents' Day was celebrated yesterday, but despite its being nationally recognized, there is a lot most people don't know about the patriotic holiday. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:06:11 EST Newsboys fill Crown with love Uplifting! One of many words that explain the Newsboys concert that took place at The Crown in Fayetteville on Thursday night. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:01:12 EST Coach leaves a positive legacy Many words of praise have been sounded about Dean Smith, the iconic basketball coach at the University of North Carolina for 36 seasons, since his death on Saturday at age 83. Although much has been said, the trumpets could never sound too loud or too... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:01:12 EST Four books for Black History Month What are you doing to commemorate Black History Month? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:56:14 EST Who could succeed Tom Ross? Five years ago, when the University of North Carolina board of governors was searching for a candidate to replace Erskine Bowles, I wrote in this column, “The Board will be looking for the new president who has two critical... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:51:11 EST Redistricting is an ongoing cunundrum We will be a tad presumptuous here and suggest that Mike McIntyre decided not to seek re-election to a 10th term in Congress not because he thought his work was done in Washington, D.C., but because he believed his odds off winning the 7th District... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:01:13 EST Can we have a regular Congress? You probably didn't notice, but the Senate passed a milestone a couple of weeks back. Before 2015 was a month old, senators had already had a chance to vote up-or-down on more amendments than they did in all of 2014. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 13:26:11 EST Jobs remain connected to Obamacare Unemployment has been falling of late, but the number of Americans not working — or working fewer hours — has remained stubbornly high since 2008. The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” is part of the reason for... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 00:01:12 EST How will jobs change? There's been good news recently about jobs. Last year, 2.9 million net payroll jobs were created in the U.S. economy, the highest number since 1999. When all the numbers are in for North Carolina, the net payroll job gain for the year will be... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 11:16:11 EST Local February event would be good The time between the holidays and warmer weather seem to be a quiet time in the Bladen County area, and I think it would be a good time to find a good community event to perk things up. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 07:56:11 EST Bladen fortunate to have LCFH “We wish we had learned about hospice sooner” is the lament we often hear from families, as well as from patients. Medicare allows patients to elect the hospice benefit with a life expectancy of about six months, yet nationwide, nearly a... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:14 EST Ross to follow Friday’s footsteps? “He's got great job security,” someone asserted a few years ago when UNC President Tom Ross's job first seemed to be at risk after the party affiliation of UNC's board of governors changed. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:06:13 EST Say no to virtual relationships The other day as I was perusing my inbox, something caught my attention. It was the headline for a news story that touted a new app for a virtual relationship. Yes, there is apparently an app for that. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:21:13 EST Tobacco still killing people and economy If the increased likelihood of heart disease, blackened teeth, cancer or emphysema weren't enough, we can offer another reason for a smoker to toss away those cigarettes.Actually, almost 1.2 million reasons. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:01:12 EST