Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 27 May 2015 03:26:20 EST 1800 A paradigm shift Memorial Day offers many events and activities for families this year. Barbecues and parades are standard fare. For those who are looking for more, there are a wide array of trips and cruises available to help the family get away. Sun, 24 May 2015 06:46:51 EST Head Start’s positive impact As a society, we all should pledge to continue our national commitment to do as much as we can to help our youngest and poorest children thrive. It was during the Spring of 1965, fifty years ago, that the formation of Head Start made early education a... Sat, 23 May 2015 22:46:51 EST Thank you for your service This is Memorial Day weekend. It's time to head to the beach, follow the kids to a weekend tournament, or just kick back and take it easy. But it also may be a good time to thank a veteran. This came home to me as Terri and I went to Washington,... Sat, 23 May 2015 12:41:51 EST A growing Clinton benefits everyone Our community is growing, and it is evidenced by the new construction taking place and the remodel of downtown structures now occupied by thriving businesses. Wed, 20 May 2015 06:31:51 EST Another dog story It seems like almost everyone likes a dog story. I get the most comments from readers when I do one. So here's another. Sun, 17 May 2015 06:32:05 EST How should state surplus be spent? Question of the WeekThank you to everyone who responded to last week's question. I enjoy reading your responses and appreciate you taking the time to write me. Sat, 16 May 2015 06:01:51 EST Stefanovich deserving of state-bestowed honor Here in Sampson County, one of the things we do best as a people is reach out a helping hand to others, whether that hand comes in the form of feeding the hungry, helping students, raising money, bettering communities or a combination of them... Wed, 13 May 2015 06:31:52 EST A mother’s dream On this Mother's Day, let's reflect on the voice of the black mothers through the ages. As we travel back in history, an early voice can be heard as the slave mother tried to give her children hope of the future as a means of protecting... Sun, 10 May 2015 06:46:54 EST It’s not easy being a mother It's not easy being a mother these days. I thought about that while umpiring down at the ballpark the other night. I'm sure many of them had just gotten off work and rushed their kids to play baseball for the six o'clock game. With... Sun, 10 May 2015 06:31:55 EST The blessings that is our mothers There have been countless poems, songs and even editorials written about mothers over the years, tributes to the world's most special women, plaudits for those who've raised families, loved husbands and nurtured them all to... Sun, 10 May 2015 06:31:52 EST Are schools preparing children? I hope everyone is having a nice week and enjoying this warm weather.Question of the Week Thu, 7 May 2015 21:46:52 EST The only Mother’s Day is now A sassy southern sun brushes the morning air clear of leftover foggy memories; slowly it polishes the sky to a sparkle, nature and time gently merge for another great overture of life. Thu, 7 May 2015 06:46:52 EST It’s where the money is Recently, I read a article on the MSN website showing the richest counties in every state in the U.S. I immediately scrolled through the article to check out the richest county in North Carolina. No, it wasn't Sampson County. It wasn't... Sun, 3 May 2015 00:11:51 EST Moving past fear Where is the outrage? If we, as a society, believe all lives matter, then we should all be expressing more outrage at the fact that by age 26, 1 in 4 black males will be either a homicide victim of in prison. And since there is no widespread... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:01:51 EST Series is truly a Class Act When it comes to enriching the lives of children, particularly as it pertains to the arts, the Class Acts Sampson CenterStage for Students, has shone as brightly as any other fundraising star could possibly shine. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:31:52 EST I don’t know and I don’t care! A young reporter had been assigned by the news director at the TV station to do one of those “man on the street” surveys. It's one of those news reports where the reporter asks everyday people their opinion on subjects. The question... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:31:51 EST How should Driver Education be funded? The crossover deadline at the legislature is approaching quickly, so we are working hard to get bills heard and passed to the opposite chamber. Unless a bill contains an appropriation or finance provision, it must pass at least one chamber by the... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:01:52 EST Keeping our earth habitable Today is Earth Day! The annual event, which began forty-five years ago today, is intended to promote humanity's stewardship of the Earth. Pick up trash! Buy a more fuel efficient car! Petition Congress to do something, anything, to combat... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:31:52 EST What else was there to do? A few years ago I heard a minister share about his experience while in Africa on a mission trip. The trip took him to a small village in an isolated area. His mission was to assist in ministry at a church in that rural town. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:31:51 EST Young Professionals group being formed Among voter registration alone, the age range of 18 to 40 is the largest demographic in Sampson County, with the second largest being the ages of 0 to 18. So then we ask the question, what are we doing to mold these leaders for tomorrow? Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:01:52 EST