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Defying terrorists with a new limb, renewed hope

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I first saw fear in a mother’s face in Belfast. Her daughter’s school was next door to a building that had just been fire-bombed by terrorists. The children had been evacuated just in the nick of time, but the mother’s voice, even her hands, still quivered as she recounted the close call to me.But I saw strength in another mother’s face when she was interviewed in Boston in the aftermath of the Marathon bombing last year. When I recently talked to that mother — Kris Biagiotti—I heard even stronger resolve in her voice as she spoke of handicapped children and how hospitals, firemen, and people like you and me can help them. And defy terrorists.


3.67 miles of team building

Saturday’s coverage for Richmond County Daily Journal staff proved that work doesn’t always have to seem like — well, work.Rockingham Middle School Principal Julian Carter showed that the field of education, too, can be something other than “all work and no play.” Carter, through Mari Bennett and staff at LMO Paradise Rentals, led some two dozen fellow administrators and teachers along the 3.67-mile stretch of Hitchcock Creek from Roberdel access point...

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Marketing lessons from God

Next week, Jews all over the world, including me, will celebrate Passover. While it’s the holiday marking our Exodus from Egypt, it also may be the longest-running marketing campaign ever. It’s got every single element the advertising industry ever eventually dreamed up, starting with:1) A tag line. “Let my people go.”2) A jingle. See above. Powerful song. More anciently, we also sing a ditty called “Dayenu,” which is Hebrew for “...

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A good trip home

To the editor:What could have been a very unpleasant experience turned out not to be so bad and I would like to publicly thank the people that helped my husband and me.I lived most of my life in Rockingham and still visit often and love the people here. While in town on Friday afternoon conducting some business we had done some work at my mothers home and decided to go out for dinner at about five o’clock and found that our car would not shift into gear. Stranded w...

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We need to help in Ukraine

To the editor:I would like to address my opinion on the crisis in Ukraine.For the past weeks, maybe a month or so, I have watched and read the news on the people of Ukraine preparing for a invasion by Russian forces. As of (March 28), Russia is in control of the region of Crimea and seeks to conquer more of Ukraine.I have a friend who lives in Ukraine and informs me of what is happening in their part of the world. She had told me, that in her town, they are bu...

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The secret power of names

It’s a word we use so often, I doubt many of us give it much thought. When someone calls it out, we say, “Here!” We offer it with a handshake when we meet someone new. And, of course, we sign it over and over and over again.The simple truth is this: We cannot escape our names.In “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare penned the famous quote: “What’s in a name?”And, indeed, what is in a name?I have alw...

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Voiding the contract was the right move

Some will argue the Hamlet City Council’s action on Tuesday to void City Manager Marchell David’s employment contract was cowardly. Others will say it was a bold move forward.We say it was a much-needed effort to clarify the situation.Let’s recount, briefly, what has happened. The Hamlet City Council, when Jeff Smart was mayor and Abbie Covington, Dewey Brower, Pat Preslar, Tony Clewis and Johnathan Buie led the city last October — less than a mon...

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Social Security can be saved with better benefits

With our national debt growing by $3 billion a day and Congress giving up offering any real solutions, we are a speeding train heading for a cliff. Most pretend the problem is not real or will just go away. Almost no one is ready for the hyperinflation and street crime that could follow if we do not act quickly and responsibly.

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Just another day of fishing

Ya’ll know I like to fish, so several years ago a good friend and I took my 12-foot boat over to Pee Dee River to go fishing.I told him, “let’s go up to Smith Lake,” which is a lake that feeds off of the river. To get to the lake with a boat, you have to go through a small passageway of water that leads into the lake. That day, there just happened to be a large tree log that had fallen right across the passageway. We figured the water was just low enough and...

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Help for our furry friends

It was nice to see more than two dozen people come together on Friday at the Richmond County Animal Shelter in order to recognize North Carolina Humane Lobby Day. The event served as a forum that allowed people from a variety of backgrounds to come together for a single goal — to meet with elected officials about animal protection issues in North Carolina.We’re hopeful the day accomplished more than meet-and-greets with state Sen. Gene McLaurin and Rep. Ken Goodman. The...

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Hitchcock Creek becomes cotton mills’ power source

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series about Hitchcock Creek. The first was published March 11, 2014.Today’s Hitchcock Creek Greenway, which is part of the City of Rockingham’s Blue Trail from Roberdel to the Pee Dee River, is a former lake bed from the first cotton mill on Hitchcock Creek.On June 4, 2002, Neal Cadieu, Benny Sharpe, Brent Neal, Walter High and others appeared before the Rockingham City Council on behalf on the R...

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From ash pond, to river, to your bloodstream

When you have finished drinking this bottle of water, fill it with our tap water for liquid refreshment that tastes as good and is just as pure as what was in the bottle.That was the message from the City of Wilmington’s proud and professional public utilities department at an event celebrating one of its enlightened water quality improvement projects a few years ago. Their message still hits home with me. Every time I remember it, I am grateful for the blessing of safe and c...

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Save American Workers Act will protect jobs

Last week I had the privilege of joining my colleague Rep. Jim McGovern (Mass.-02) for a panel discussion at the 3rd annual Poverty Summit led by Catholic Charities USA.The summit brings local community leaders and policymakers together for a discussion about ways to end poverty in the United States. Though Jim and I have very different ideas on how to combat the war on poverty, our desire to help those in need comes from the heart.I recognize the poverty crisis plaguing...

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Changing our climate of indifference

A new scientific report predicts more dire and irreversible consequences of the climate crisis than ever before.“No one on this planet will be untouched by climate change,” declared Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which the UN runs jointly with the World Meteorological Organization.Even though it wasn’t news to me, I welled up...

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Hudson misses the mark on Navy tobacco ban

In his first term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson has worked hard to form bipartisan efforts in order to benefit the public good.We applauded Hudson for, among other issues, his efforts to pass the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act, which would introduce greater transparency and accountability for TSA spending decisions through a series of what Hudson calls “common sense reforms.”And regardless of which side you’re on when the Afforda...

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In memory of beginnings

Last week, I wrote a column where I described looking for rocks on the playground where I went to school. I started attending Fairfield Local in 1996, meaning that I started my education in what everyone calls the “old school.”While writing that column, I included a line stating the old building had been demolished. My first instinct was to change that word to “torn down,” which seemed a much nicer phrase. But, in the end, I decided demolished was the right ...

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