Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:27:05 EST 1800 Numbers don’t tell SCC’s success story Enrollment numbers might be down a little bit at Sampson Community College this fall, but that certainly should not — and in our view does not — diminish its great impact in this community nor define it as an educational... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:31:10 EST Youth touched, helped me Editor:It is very important to me, and I believe it would help a lot of people, especially the elderl,y to have this information. That's why I chose to write to your readers today. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:01:12 EST The husband hunters Fall arrives as always in September. When I was a child in Virginia, it's warning chill began even before the last crops of summer were harvested, and the leaves began turning gold and russet. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:30:11 EST The world is flat (Part 2) “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.” Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:46:12 EST Starting the greatest school year ever With our caring and effective teachers assembling tomorrow, mindful of the enormous influence they have on improving educational outcomes for all students, and with our school administrators' assurance that our “kids are going to get a... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:46:09 EST Depression is real and serious health concern Life brings with it a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It is expected there are times when we will be happy or sad, angry or giddy, worried or carefree.There will even be times we feel down. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:31:14 EST Much work still to do Now that the General Assembly has concluded the vast majority of its business for the year, our office will be switching over to a bi-weekly schedule. While we will continue to work during the interim, most of our efforts will be focused on preparing... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:00:12 EST Putting it all on the line Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day. They do it to defend and protect, ensuring that when we lay our heads down at night we can feel safe and secure. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:30:07 EST The fear of a father Any day now, my second son will be born. I'd like to take time to reflect meaningfully on fatherhood so far, but I'm too busy trying to keep up with my first child to do that. With each new experience he offers, I find myself confronted... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:31:08 EST A working partnership Forging partnerships is a great way to get things done. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:30:09 EST The world is flat Part 1“First we were afraid of the wolf, then we wanted to dance with the wolf, and now we want to be the wolf.” Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:30:14 EST Outlining our accomplishments With our summer activity winding down, I want to quickly provide everyone with a review of what the legislature and our office, specifically, accomplished this year.The Budget Conference Report (Senate Bill 744) Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:00:11 EST Here’s to the academy, and 20 more years! It's hard to believe the Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy has been in Sampson for 20 years, yet in some ways, it's hard to imagine ever being without the educational facility or its cadre of young men and women. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 06:30:05 EST A good teacher knows What better time than on the 60th anniversary of Brown v Board of Education for us to reflect on the importance of providing equal educational opportunities for all children and to pose the question: “Are our schools succeeding at offering equal... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 06:45:11 EST Lessons from the tobacco field A couple of weeks ago, we were out cutting bushes. It had rained the night before. It was wet, and the humidity was so thick you could cut it with a knife. Then the sun came out and it turned into a sauna. Sweating and miserable, I thought to myself,... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 06:30:08 EST Lend your support if you can There are so many worthwhile causes in Sampson, fundraisings that deserve our support, both in time, money and attendance.One of those is Saturday's concert to raise money for a helipad for the town of Roseboro. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 06:31:08 EST Clearing up the longevity issue As you may have read or seen in the news recently, the House and Senate have reached a general agreement on a budget for the short session. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 02:01:11 EST Reason to celebrate? Not really Sampson County finally has a budget, but before anyone breaks out the champagne and begins the celebration, residents should consider what actually happened and how long it took to get where we are now, with a 4.5 cent tax hike and very little else to... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:30:09 EST A taught experiment A thought experiment for you today. Imagine that our state's General Assembly decided that Obamacare didn't do enough to address rising health care costs, and that they were going to do something about it. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:30:07 EST In the sweet bye and bye In my grandmother's time, and even in my younger days, porch visiting was a daily social event. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:01:08 EST