Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed http://clintonnc.com/section/OPINION http://clintonnc.com/section/OPINION Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:18:18 EST 1800 Farm Bill great step forward for NC ag http://clintonnc.com/news/localnews1-localnews2-localnews3-news-news_agricultural-opinion-politics/152594785/Farm-Bill-great-step-forward-for-NC-ag Earlier this week, I held a press conference to go over the 2015 Farm Act, which I filed today. I was pleased to be joined by the bill co-sponsor Sen. Andrew Brock, Rep. Roger West, Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler and the Executive Director... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:16:51 EST They call the thing rodeo http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion/152525154/They-call-the-thing-rodeo Have you ever started a day with a song stuck in your head, and you had no idea why that song in particular? Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:31:52 EST Maybe they are listening http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152444090/Maybe-they-are-listening Don't you just hate smart-aleck teenagers? Especially when they are right. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 06:31:52 EST Spring brings promise, new beginnings http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/152383951/Spring-brings-promise-new-beginnings With bright and sunny blue skies and warmer temperatures comes the mark of a new day. And even though the past few weeks haven't been the warmest — or even the driest — there's still a newness in the air that only comes with... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 06:31:51 EST Citizens deserve open government http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/152382667/Citizens-deserve-open-government Open government is important. It's powerful. It's the American way. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 06:31:52 EST (No heading) http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/152381752/ You have a right to know:• If there is a paroled sex offender living on your street, in your community or near the school your son or daughter attends;• Who is giving what politician money and how much: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:31:51 EST Is joint pain slowing you down? http://clintonnc.com/news/health-localnews1-localnews2-localnews3-opinion_columns/152367204/Is-joint-pain-slowing-you-down Any injury that affects the ligaments, cartilage or bones can contribute to joint pain. Joint pain can affect any part of the body from your neck to your feet, with it being most prevalent amongst seniors, but anyone can be affected by it. It can... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:01:51 EST Creating a future of hope http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion_columns/152357861/Creating-a-future-of-hope Having lived in poverty as a child, I sometimes still marvel at the fact that I was able to attend NC A&T, graduate with high honors and have a successful teaching career for 34 years. Armed with that family background, as a classroom teacher I made... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:46:52 EST ‘I’m not complaining, but …’ http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152331354/Im-not-complaining-but “I'm not complaining, but …” Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:31:51 EST What’s the big deal? http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152192808/Whats-the-big-deal It's going to be quite some time before I want to eat pancakes again. After working at the Kiwanis Pancake Feast last weekend, I've seen enough of them to last awhile. And I'm not the only one. We appreciate all the support from the... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 06:31:51 EST We ought to obey God rather than men http://clintonnc.com/news/lifestyle-religion-localnews1-localnews2-localnews3-news-opinion_columns/152164434/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion/152092668/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151947088/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/lifestyle-religion-localnews1-localnews2-localnews3-opinion_columns/151923131/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/151900002/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? http://clintonnc.com/news/community-news-localnews1-localnews2-localnews3-opinion-opinion_columns/151886406/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/letters-opinion/151877157/Better-pay-benefits-all Editor: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:31:54 EST (No heading) http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/151877111/ 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 http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151843746/Remembering-the-AT-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 http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151844671/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