Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed Sat, 2 Aug 2014 02:59:53 EST 1800 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 00:01:00 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 00:01:00 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 00:01:00 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 00:01:00 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 00:01:00 EST The greatest of scams Editor:The recently approved “camera stop lights” in the City of Fayetteville is a collaborative effort created by Fayetteville politicians and their Republican counterparts in the General Assembly in Raleigh. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Hats off to officers for jobs well done No one likes crime, but everyone should like the fact that when they occur our local law enforcement officers are at the ready and working diligently to find those believed to have committed them before more issues arise. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST What would you do? You've received the warning. You have three choices. You can convert to Islam, pay a steep tax, or be killed. The government will not help, because those making the threats are now the government. The police will not help you, because your... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST This circus has to stop Sampson County Commissioner Jarvis McLamb voted for a 4.5 cent tax hike. No wait, he did, but less than eight hours later he said he didn't understand what he was voting for. A second vote for a budget ordinance reflecting that tax hike was... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Weighing in on state’s budget There has been a lot of discussion and concern in the media recently regarding the duration and nature of this year's budget negotiations. In light of that, I want to be clear about one thing: responsible governing is not a quick and easy... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Support for educators a priority here While educators don't always get the support they deserve from state government, they certainly receive it from the local community, particularly as it pertains to individual citizens willing to go above and beyond to ensure that both our public... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A UW ‘Bounty’ worth supporting The United Way of Sampson County has once again outdone itself, developing yet another ingenious idea that spreads the word about the needs the nonprofit organization attempts to meet while, at the same time, coming up with a fundraising adventure in... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Time for board to set a proper budget course Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sampson's county commissioners will return to work, trying to find a resolution to a 2014-15 budget conundrum that has left the county with an interim fiscal plan through July 31 and department heads scrambling to... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Our youth shine through Illuminate Young people often get a bad rap. They're thrown into a lot with the “bad apples” whose misdeeds often leave the perception that most of today's youth are driven by selfishness, laziness and a penchant for the wilder side of... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Why aren’t people better? It was a question for which I didn't have a good answer. We were coming back from Greenville after an East Carolina football game a few years ago. It was a crisp fall day traveling the usual route from Greenville through Kinston, Mt. Olive, and... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Overcoming generations of inequality My great-grandfather Cato Sutton, at 14 in 1864, was an eyewitness to the closing months of the Civil War. With little to no education, he would soon find himself faced with a dilemma. No longer a slave to a master, but now, without land and money, he... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The Book of Sodor It's nice to find television programming appropriate for my three-year-old child; programming that teaches positive lessons and is absent any vulgarity. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Delivering a difficult message for Sampson Is he like the little boy who cried wolf? Or is he like the little boy who said the emperor was wearing no clothes? Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Senate offers shows education support As budget negotiations continued this week, most policy issues have been put on hold. Since many of our members are involved in the negotiations, committees are not meeting on the Senate side and very few bills are on the floor. With all of our energy... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST 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