Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed http://clintonnc.com/section/OPINION http://clintonnc.com/section/OPINION Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:06:25 EST 1800 Seven years old forever http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion/5227839/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion/5207769/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/lifestyle-religion-opinion_columns/5211251/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial/2464646/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/news_education-opinion-opinion_columns/5200380/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion/5143190/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion/5192507/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 http://clintonnc.com/news/letters-opinion/5177607/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 God bless America http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion/5143404/God-bless-America 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... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Kings, museum are synonymous http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/5171541/Kings-museum-are-synonymous Mention the Sampson County History Museum and two names automatically come to mind — David and Jeannie King. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Knowing where we’ve been http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5168321/Knowing-where-weve-been Last weekend, I attended the Member Appreciation Day at the Sampson County History Museum. The atmosphere was wonderful — the weather, music, food, and setting combined to create an absolutely pleasant day. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST No winners in court case http://clintonnc.com/news/letters-opinion/5167826/No-winners-in-court-case In the June 27th edition of The Sampson Independent, the headline read as follows: “Smith Chapel wins court decision over AME Zion.” The truth of the matter is nobody won. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST HB 1031 will benefit rural communities http://clintonnc.com/news/localnews1-news-opinion_columns-politics/5142636/HB-1031-will-benefit-rural-communities Economic development and job-creation are two of my top priorities as a legislator and many of the most effective tools that our state has for improving them are housed in the Department of Commerce. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Interim budget more of the same http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial/5145696/Interim-budget-more-of-the-same See related story A1It seems like an instant replay, but unfortunately, it's really not. What is unfolding over on Rowan Road in the Sampson County government complex is, indeed, more of the... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Is your team’s nickname offensive? http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5136192/Is-your-teams-nickname-offensive Recent events have reminded me of a time way back in the early seventies when I was on the student council at old Clement High School. Our school team nickname at that time was the Rebels. This was only a few years after the school had been... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST SI contests fun and rewarding http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/5112800/SI-contests-fun-and-rewarding For decades, The Sampson Independent has offered myriad interactive ways for readers to be a part of the newspaper and, in turn, to help the community. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST A life that has touched others http://clintonnc.com/news/letters-opinion/5108559/A-life-that-has-touched-others Editor:Mrs. Lila Spearman West, who is a retired teacher of the Delway district, will be 91 years of age on Aug. 2, 2014. This is a tribute, and a much deserving one, to her. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Time to nix the sideshow http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/5089938/Time-to-nix-the-sideshow Sampson County's Board of Commissioners is meeting Monday to yet again discuss the 2014-15 budget, with a proposed 7-cent tax hike looming ominously over their heads. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Summer — a time for continued learning http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5087189/Summer--a-time-for-continued-learning Can you imagine some kids not wanting to leave the safety of the school environment to go home for the summer break? Well, for more kids than we would like to think, this is no exaggeration as some young people reside in homes with constant turmoil... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST How much is a trillion dollars? http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5087029/How-much-is-a-trillion-dollars Sunday mornings, we have this usual routine of listening to a couple of pastors on TV while getting ready for church. One of the programs we enjoy is “Turning Point,” with Dr. David Jeremiah. A few Sundays ago he was preaching a series... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST