Tied with a belt of freedom

A light mist whispers gently over the trees this Southern morning, but soon the golden fingers of sunrise will separate each corner of darkness; and w...

July 4th, 2017 |  


Give me liberty or give me death

Peggy Garner had a deeper and different understanding of liberty than Patrick Henry — he who famously shouted “Give me liberty or give me ...

July 4th, 2017 |  


Freedom is always worth celebrating

Today we celebrate the Fourth of July. There will be hot dogs and hamburgers, kids playing in sprinklers and swimming pools and, of course, fireworks ...

July 4th, 2017 |  


They didn’t know the outcome

They didn’t know the outcome

Thomas Jefferson didn’t know that he was going to end up being the third President of the United States. At the time, no one knew what a Preside...

July 2nd, 2017 |  


Crowning achievments

Sampson County and its citizens have many things in which to be proud. Among them is Victoria Huggins, our 2017 Miss Greater Sampson County and now th...

July 2nd, 2017 |  


America’s unfinished business

America’s unfinished business

As we celebrate the “most American of holidays” on Tuesday, the Fourth of July, there is no better time to reflect on the true meaning of ...

July 2nd, 2017 |  


McDonald’s generosity: We’re lovin’ it!

Several years back McDonald’s ad campaigns included the slogan “We love to see you smile.”It’s apropos today given that a Samp...

June 30th, 2017 |  


The beginning of a new day

This is the beginning of a new day. I have been given this day to use as I will.I can waste it, or use it for good, but what I do today is important b...

June 29th, 2017 |  


State universities advance free speech

State universities advance free speech

A couple of months ago, I wrote a column that outlined emerging threats to freedom of speech on college campuses — and noted with alarm that few...

June 29th, 2017 |  


Looking ahead to preserve the past

Our history is important, and preserving it is vital, not just so we can enjoy it today but so generations to come might have the opportunity to wande...

June 28th, 2017 |