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4-H youth gearing up for showmanship circuit

4-H youth are busy preparing for the start of the 2014 4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit season. They have been training and clipping their animals for the past month. Many of them get their animals as soon as school lets out for the summer.The entire circuit is proudly sponsored by Carolina Farm Credit and Cape Fear Farm Credit. This funding is used to operate the circuit. The county shows are in both Farm Credit territories, which makes it a great partnership. The first show wi...

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Rep. Hudson wrong on health care

To the editor:I would like to thank the Democrats who shoved Social Security and Medicare down our throats years ago. I also thank the ones who took over from a Republican administration that took a country that was running a surplus and led it into a recession, leaving us with a projected $1.2 trillion budget deficit.I saw a report the other day where we added more than 200,000 jobs for the fifth straight month and it was 52 straight months we had added...

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LETTER: Cars, cards are easy theft targets

To the editor:A lack of regulations in North Carolina make it so easy to steal some property.I call attention to the Friday, July 18, Richmond County Daily Journal headline: “Pair charged with selling stolen cars.”A man and woman are charged with selling three vehicles with a total value of $14,000 for $1,178 at a local scrap yard.It is so easy to do. North Carolina obviously has no enforceable law requiring a salvage ya...

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OUR VIEW: A better Ledbetter Lake

“Voluntary tax” sounds like as much of an oxymoron as “dry lake.” But in Richmond County, the first seemingly contradictory phrase could be the solution for the second.Ledbetter Lake property owners want the drained reservoir north of Rockingham replenished, and doing so requires repairs to cracks in an aging dam that could cost as much as $2.3 million. To fund the fix, they’ve asked county commissioners to borrow the money, then recoup it from homeown...

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Make border security the top priority

As many of you know, we currently have a crisis along our southern border. While the White House continues to claim that border security is at its strongest in history, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have illegally made their way into the United States this year.The administration’s slow reaction to this problem and failure of leadership has led to this humanitarian crisis. To add insult to injury, as tens of thousands of minors stream across the border, the presid...

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Our unaccountable, tax-and-spend government

Obama thinks that he is as slick as a clay road in the rain. His only problem: Any man or woman with eyes can see right through the mud that he calls transparency.Twisted words with no foundation in truth has now become an everyday practice within his administration. Watch this hand but don’t pay any attention to the hand behind his back — that’s what he wants this entire nation to do. I have news for him: His house of cards is falling apart, from within....

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Close the curtain on state budget soap opera

These are fascinating times in Raleigh for political junkies and folks in the public policy world, as House and Senate leaders of the same political party trade budget offers back and forth and Gov. Pat McCrory weighs in with strong words and photo ops and veto threats. But there is a devastating subplot for public schools just below the surface of all the legislative intrigue.Most of the current public dispute is about teacher pay, teacher assistants and Medicaid.The or...

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Memories of eating my way across four states

It’s odd, I guess, that Garden & Gun magazine would grace my reading table. I don’t have a garden — only three tomato vines that provide appetizers for local deer — and I’m not into guns. Actually, the magazine is about Southern lifestyle at its best, and I like that.The one for August/September is the annual Southern food issue, and subscribers are inclined to forget about the usual fare for now and, instead, enjoy generous helpings from excellent wri...

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Secret autopsies leave public in the dark

For the second time in a month, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.On Tuesday, the court ruled that autopsy records are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act because they are medical records.Why does this matter to the public?It matters because the next time police shoot an innocent man, don’t expect the public to have access to the autopsy report g...

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Plant the seed for fruitful debate

RALEIGH — I’m told that while there is no firmly established gift tradition for a 28th anniversary, the modern practice is to signify the event with an orchid.

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Obama supporters, non-voters getting just due

To the editor:You did this to yourself, you pinheads. You were foolish enough, even stupid enough to vote for that clown twice. Now, even you know he is standing there lying to everybody on public TV.You young people put him in there with your vote, and now he has big plans to rob you. He will get a big chunk of your small paycheck to build a sorry communist nation. The day is coming real soon you will be sorry you were ever born. Even if you do manage t...

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OUR VIEW: Mayor, restaurateur show local leadership

From elected officials who act more like public servants than politicians to entrepreneurs investing in Richmond County’s future, the past week has given us plenty to cheer about. We’ve culled some items from the news and take a moment today to share our thoughts in this occasional Cheers and Jeers feature.CHEERS to Dobbins Heights Mayor Antonio Blue for his commitment to free speech in a public forum. While many cities and towns in North Carolina stric...

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LETTER: Boyhood stories shine, but Obama-bashing gets old

To the editor:Who among the Daily Journal’s readership does not enjoy Robert Lee’s columns about his youthful days in Tennessee? All of them recollected from the memory and shared from the heart. And then, there are Mr. Lee’s political commentaries. Oh my, time for a little cleanup.On July 12-13, Mr. Lee pledged that he is politically neutral, then proceeded to disparage President Obama and his party on several matters with barely a neg...

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LETTER: Restored bell can be sign of freedom

To the editor:Just for the record, here is some information on the 1890 bell recently installed on the 1924 courthouse lawn across from the Richmond County Judicial Center in Rockingham. We will install a granite marker soon.We have very little information that the 1842 courthouse ever had a clock. It burned in 1888. That courthouse was replaced in 1889, and the bell tower with a clock was constructed on the same at Courthouse Square, which is now Harrin...

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No parallel between Obama, horrors of Holocaust

To the editor:In a July 8 letter to the editor, a writer referred to President Obama as a “dictator.” However the writer’s meaning or context, his wording is totally wrong. The American political culture, which we celebrated only the week before on July Fourth, is in reality and principle a democracy.That is why, in our society of laws, you can write your angry letter, this newspaper will print it and nothing at all will happen to you. ...

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