Op-Ed

Supporting roles for better outcomes

With our local schools set to reopen on Monday, Aug. 17, having put a variety of options in place, including virtual learning only and a combination of remote and in-person learning, the overall schools’ mission should be all about improving the educational outcomes of our children and youth. Each student should have an equal chance growing up as an adult of having the opportunity “to live a life of dignity, good health, economic opportunity and purpose.” Make no mistake about it, one of the most enormously important issues in our children’s lifetime will be educational equality — how to ensure all children are receiving the best educational opportunities possible.

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Op-Ed

Remembering Dale’s last round

That Friday was one of those few days in August where the weather was bearable. The weather was more than just bearable, it was actually comfortable. So it was a good day to go and play golf. Actually, there are very few days when it is not good to go and play golf.

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Op-Ed

Let’s don’t tell them

It’s “one of the greatest wealth transfers in history.” It is referring to the coronavirus pandemic. And the quote is from Jim Cramer, the host of “Mad Money,” a popular stock investment program on the CNBC network. Cramer made the above statement in an article on the CNBC website on June 4. It’s starting to look like he was right.

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Op-Ed

Census too costly to ignore

To say that our state, our nation, and our world have changed dramatically in the past few months would be an understatement. At the NC Rural Center and the NC Counts Coalition, we know how much our work and the communities we serve have changed — and will change — because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Op-Ed 
Op-Ed

County should not quell the people’s voice

At long last, there may be some resolution to the placement of a statue honoring the Confederate soldiers of Sampson County. The issue is on the agenda of Monday night’s Sampson County Board of Commissioners meeting, where members of the public will be heard — and county leaders should listen to everyone who wants to say something.

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