Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 6 Mar 2015 23:17:50 EST 1800 We ought to obey God rather than men When Peter and John were brought before a council of the Jews for teaching Jesus, they were commanded to “not speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus” (Acts 4:18). Their response to that command was: “Whether it be right in the... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:31:52 EST Standing up for justice together At 106 years old, the NAACP in North Carolina, under the current leadership of Rev. William Barber, along with its coalition partners, shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:01:51 EST The need to halt “Halt! Who goes there?” demands the sentry, manning the outpost. The guard's duty is to protect the fort, building or camp. He has the firepower to back it up. “Halt! Don't go any further!” And deciding to go any... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:31:52 EST Why the majority will be lost It would seem that before answering the question of our title, we should prove the premise of the statement, “the majority will be lost”. Only one passage of scripture will be needed to prove this. Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:36:51 EST When bad weather hits Hopefully by the time most are reading this editorial today, power has been restored throughout Sampson County and roads are safe to travel once again, with government offices open and schools back to a semi-normal, if not normal, schedule. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:31:54 EST Sampson County Crisis Center: Crisis or opportunity? In the Chinese writing, they do not spell words phonetically as we do in the English language. Instead they use what is called “ideograms,” which are basically symbols that represent ideas and objects directly. In a speech given on April... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:31:51 EST Better pay benefits all Editor: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:31:54 EST (No heading) They're absolutely adorable, and picking the winners is going to be a difficult assignment. But pick them you must if you want a voice in who will be this year's winners of The Sampson Independent's Cutest Pets... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:31:53 EST Remembering the A&T Four Setting aside February as Black History Month was started by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) which was founded by Carter G. Woodson in 1915. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 06:31:53 EST Working like a dog, really It was a sunny, but cold and windy January day. All bundled up, we were out cutting bushes and trimming hedges. It was one of those days where, if you were on the sunny side of the house working where the wind couldn't hit you, it was actually... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 06:31:52 EST Something special in Roseboro I have always prided myself for making the life-long decision to always stay in shape. At the age of 60, I can run and lift with the best of them. Over the years, I maintained a membership at Lean-Boz Gym in Clinton, NC. Lean-Boz was and still is a... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:46:51 EST That old sweetheart of mine When the flames of young love scatter, before slipping into their place in time, there remains in all the mornings of mature lovers who have generously shared a life together, the radiance of an old romance that still warms their hearts, and brings a... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:31:51 EST Grades not true reflection of schools Before Sampson County residents sound the alarm over recently released report cards for our public schools, let's stop a minute to assess what the scores truly reflect, or perhaps even more importantly, what they don't tell us. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:31:52 EST Actions that ripple through others’ lives It was a cold winter's day in 1992. The weather outside was miserable, too miserable even for a 7-year-old boy, so I stayed inside and turned on the television. There I saw something that changed my life: the North Carolina Tar Heels playing... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:31:51 EST Smith’s legacy more than just about basketball There will be many words written – and spoken – about Dean Smith over the next few days and weeks, and we are certain most will be far more eloquent than those written here. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:31:51 EST Hoping for success in 2028 It's award season. It seems like just about every night there is an award show on TV. They want you to watch and find out what movie will get the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, or the People's Choice Award. But, as many of you probably... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 06:31:51 EST Merging visions for N.C. Early this week, Governor Pat McCrory delivered his State of the State address to lawmakers, executive staff and citizens. I had the pleasure of siting with my good friend Rep. J.H. Langdon in the House chamber to hear the speech. The governor... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 06:46:52 EST Righting the ChalleNGe ship What has always been a valued part of our community is quickly earning a not-so valuable reputation, particularly among its closest neighbors. It is our hope that those responsible for the program at Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy can right the ship now... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:31:52 EST County needs to heed study Sampson County's Board of Commissioners have a decision to make — restructure an employee pay plan to narrow the widening financial gap that exists or shirk that responsibility and toss yet more public money out the window to follow the... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 06:31:51 EST Power of education still relevant While living and growing up in the separate and unequal Jim Crow world of 1950s, the power and promise of an education was not lost on me nor my generation. And I was even more impressed with my grandfather, having little formal education, who was... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 06:46:52 EST