Hate should have no place in our nation

The violent events that transpired in Charlottesville were very disturbing and a terrible sign for our country and the nation. Three people lost their...

August 22nd, 2017 |  


Let’s start Sampson’s school year by offering teachers our support

Teachers are returning to public school classrooms across Sampson County Monday, with students to follow a week later, on Aug. 28.Actually educators h...

August 20th, 2017 |  


Maybe we need a benevolent dictator

Maybe we need a benevolent dictator

“What we need,” said Dale, “is a benevolent dictator.”“Yeah,” I replied. “But I don’t remember reading...

August 20th, 2017 |  


Check Charities Before Giving

Everyone has a cause they care about. And with more than 1.2 million charitable organizations to choose from, finding one aligned with your values can...

August 19th, 2017 |  


Building others up rather than tearing them down

The city of Clinton and Sampson County are such special places, and we are reminded of it every day. While much of the country is dividing itself over...

August 18th, 2017 |  


Plastic bag ban should go

Plastic bag ban should go

My family and I just spent a week at the beach — and found our big stack of reusable grocery and retail bags to be rather handy.If you’ve ...

August 18th, 2017 |  


Press needs to inform, not incite

We believe in a free press. No country can survive without it. In fact, we agree wholeheartedly with lobbyist and attorney Christopher Dodd who said, ...

August 17th, 2017 |  


Some ideas have hideous consequences

Some ideas have hideous consequences

In 1948, a 38-year-old North Carolinian and English professor at the University of Chicago coined a memorable phrase: “ideas have consequences.&...

August 16th, 2017 |  


Caring for children reflects the soul of our DSS

During the 1995 launch of the Mandela’s Children Fund in South Africa, that country’s former president, Nelson Mandela, uttered these powe...

August 16th, 2017 |  


Volunteer fire departments face recruitment struggles

Volunteer fire departments face recruitment struggles

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been touring volunteer fire departments and talking to firefighters and emergency workers in all regions of our gr...

August 15th, 2017 |