Some surviving family writings from the 1800s provide perspective on being thankful for a wide variety of things. Thus we may be thankful:For natural ...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


Let holiday shopping begin locally

Black Friday is just days away now, and, as we do every year, we urge residents to consider shopping local first.While many businesses are already pro...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


Another stoplight won’t be that costly

We aren’t sure why it’s so difficult to get needed stoplights in Sampson County, but it seems to be an ongoing issue that pits us against ...

November 21st, 2017 |  


Carolina tax reform sets pace

Carolina tax reform sets pace

North Carolina has already accomplished what Republicans in Washington want to pass — historic tax reform that caps or eliminates special-intere...

November 21st, 2017 |  


Better than I deserve

Better than I deserve

If you’ve been to church at some point in your life, you have heard the words, “mercy and grace.” For years I thought they were sort...

November 19th, 2017 |  


Imagine if there had been no liberals

Imagine if there had been no liberals

With last month’s announcement by N.C. Rep. William D. Brisson, letting the public know that he was changing his party registration from Democra...

November 18th, 2017 |  


Wrapping Sampson in warmth

With temperatures beginning to drop and the clock ticking on the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce’s annual Coat Closet, we are sounding one f...

November 18th, 2017 |  


Road leads back to public TV

Road leads back to public TV

I could always hear John McLaughlin long before I could see him.The larger-than-life former Jesuit priest, Nixon speechwriter, and host of the “...

November 17th, 2017 |  


Positions justify the salaries

Public information is a valuable tool, but it often can be a double-edged sword. Sometimes the edge cuts toward information a majority of people belie...

November 16th, 2017 |  


Whose election is it?

Whose election is it?

We do not want the Russians — or anyone else — to influence the outcome of our elections. But interfering in elections is an everyday occu...

November 16th, 2017 |