Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:53:03 EST 1800 What would you do? You've received the warning. You have three choices. You can convert to Islam, pay a steep tax, or be killed. The government will not help, because those making the threats are now the government. The police will not help you, because your... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST This circus has to stop Sampson County Commissioner Jarvis McLamb voted for a 4.5 cent tax hike. No wait, he did, but less than eight hours later he said he didn't understand what he was voting for. A second vote for a budget ordinance reflecting that tax hike was... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Weighing in on state’s budget There has been a lot of discussion and concern in the media recently regarding the duration and nature of this year's budget negotiations. In light of that, I want to be clear about one thing: responsible governing is not a quick and easy... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Support for educators a priority here While educators don't always get the support they deserve from state government, they certainly receive it from the local community, particularly as it pertains to individual citizens willing to go above and beyond to ensure that both our public... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A UW ‘Bounty’ worth supporting The United Way of Sampson County has once again outdone itself, developing yet another ingenious idea that spreads the word about the needs the nonprofit organization attempts to meet while, at the same time, coming up with a fundraising adventure in... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Time for board to set a proper budget course Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sampson's county commissioners will return to work, trying to find a resolution to a 2014-15 budget conundrum that has left the county with an interim fiscal plan through July 31 and department heads scrambling to... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Our youth shine through Illuminate Young people often get a bad rap. They're thrown into a lot with the “bad apples” whose misdeeds often leave the perception that most of today's youth are driven by selfishness, laziness and a penchant for the wilder side of... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Why aren’t people better? It was a question for which I didn't have a good answer. We were coming back from Greenville after an East Carolina football game a few years ago. It was a crisp fall day traveling the usual route from Greenville through Kinston, Mt. Olive, and... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Overcoming generations of inequality My great-grandfather Cato Sutton, at 14 in 1864, was an eyewitness to the closing months of the Civil War. With little to no education, he would soon find himself faced with a dilemma. No longer a slave to a master, but now, without land and money, he... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The Book of Sodor It's nice to find television programming appropriate for my three-year-old child; programming that teaches positive lessons and is absent any vulgarity. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Delivering a difficult message for Sampson Is he like the little boy who cried wolf? Or is he like the little boy who said the emperor was wearing no clothes? Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Senate offers shows education support As budget negotiations continued this week, most policy issues have been put on hold. Since many of our members are involved in the negotiations, committees are not meeting on the Senate side and very few bills are on the floor. With all of our energy... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Seven years old forever A magnificent sweet gum tree, thick as a wagon wheel ruled a section of the boy's pasture near his North Carolina home in the 1940's. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST July ‘Got To Be Ag’ month The season of fresh fruits and vegetables is upon us! NC produce farmers are a significant part of the state's $78-billion agriculture industry. In recognition of agriculture's importance as the state's top industry, Gov. Pat McCrory... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Gospel Explosion at Jackson Grove this Saturday Prayer meeting and Bible study is held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and every Friday at 7 a.m. at Point Level Disciples of Christ Church. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Celebrating freedom every day Friday we celebrated the Fourth of July. There were hot dogs and hamburgers, kids playing in sprinklers and swimming pools and, of course, fireworks, lots of them. In Clinton, for example, crowds lined up early along Sunset, with tailgates flung open,... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Our teachers deserve better Our dedicated teachers who serve our community's children deserve better than an offer of a raise in exchange for giving up teacher tenure. They deserve our support, and we need to stand with them in support of teacher tenure. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Another soldier died today 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 we say softly to ourselves, here comes the beginning, another day is born, another glorious, throat... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Messages worth celebrating (Editor's note: David Bauer, regional content director in Ill./Mo. for Civitas Media, offers this July 4 commentary as we observe our nation's birthday.)Two hundred and 38 years ago today, the... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Bell, Jackson touted Editor:NCRMA would like to thank stae Representative Larry Bell and Senator Brent Jackson for their bi-partisan support to reign in a tax that was never envisioned to get to these levels. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST