Bladen Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:04:29 EST 1800 Will North Carolina continue to urbanize? North Carolina used to be a small-town and rural state. In fact, we were traditionally one of the most non-urban states in the country. There were a couple of reasons for this. It wasn't that long ago that a significant share of people worked on... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:26:06 EST Be sure to cry out to God Do you talk to God? I sure hope you do. And I say this because, quite frankly, if I didn't have God to talk with … I don't know how I would survive. For there's no way I could cope in this world without God's presence and... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 03:34:04 EST Dad, Diamond and a decade It's been 10 years now since my father passed away, and for a variety of reasons, memories about my dad have been shooting through my mind like solar flares. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:58:04 EST Phenomenal festival The annual Dublin Peanut Festival is now in the books, and it may very well go down as the best of its 22-year run for many reasons. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:01:19 EST God doesn’t make any junk I had absolutely no interest whatsoever in going to a yard sale and I didn't hesitate for a second in telling my daughter Joy, “I've got enough junk of my own without going to a yard sale to BUY someone else's junk!” To... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:05:10 EST God has given us His spirit God's plan is not in the Bible. God's plan for the world and God's people is in his mind. Read 1 Corinthians 1-16. God's spirit is the only One that knows God's plan. The Bible is a book of reference, not to be used for... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:28:06 EST Prescribed solution The State Bureau of Investigation, along with Safe Kids North Carolina and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will be co-sponsoring a national effort to safely dispose of unused prescription medicines in locations across the state from 10 a.m. to 2... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:01:21 EST How Scotland connected North Carolina to the modern world Did North Carolinians have a stake in the outcome of last week's referendum in Scotland? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:35:06 EST President, Congress need to work together In his recent speech outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:50:05 EST Frightened by freedom As Islamic State militants slaughter civilians and decapitate prisoners of war in gruesome videos posted online for the world to see, some of us are more likely to balk when fellow Americans exercise their rights in controversial ways. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:01:28 EST Consensus requires solid date North Carolina's public schools recently released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly from districts eager to claim a large increase in the share of... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:26:04 EST A plea goes out to Bladen County You may not remember or ever noticed Roger. He was a homeless person who died last year two days after he was baptized and received Christ in his life. You could often see him sitting on a bench uptown or volunteering at the Bladen Crisis Assistance... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:12:11 EST Contingency plans should be at the ready Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:23:03 EST Seriously shortchanged The lawyers for Henry McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown aren't satisfied that they have been exonerated and — after spending 30 years in prison for heinous crimes that evidence suggests they not only didn't commit but should... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:25 EST Baltimore bully OK, in the domestic violence case surrounding Ray Rice, all of the assumptions were correct. Thanks to a graphic video released on Monday, the world saw the former Baltimore Ravens running back slug his then-fiancee and drag the unconscious woman out... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:01:30 EST Is there a simple solution? The Sept. 10 Fayetteville Observer headline read: “Nation awaits terrorism strategy.” Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:45:06 EST Silly stuff If there is one single word to describe the ongoing soap opera between downtown property co-owner Pat Melvin and the Elizabethtown Town Council over the awning at Bladen Hardware, it might be this: Silly. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 00:01:20 EST The summer of our discontent Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it's been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:58:02 EST Life and death There are a lot of reasons to oppose the death penalty.In no particular order, here are ours: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 00:01:23 EST Some things I don’t like I've been thinking about what life has taught me over the years and the many things in this world that I care a great deal about. Things like a beautiful woman which, by the way happens to be one of God's greatest creations, and things... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:10:08 EST