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ISIS and a bleak American future

People willing to work for what they need and what they want will suffer the burden of their labor. They will take deep pride in their achievements — and what their labor has given them in return.People lazy in their life will be lazy in their labor. These people will never give back more than they take. These people live among us, they take from our labor. They take because the system — not we, the people — allows this. The people have been forgotten; we, the lab...

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LETTER: Dedicate community center to selfless volunteer

To the editor:I want to speak out to the Piney Grove community, and all of Richmond County, but more so to the people of Piney Grove. We honor our dead, we talk about what great deeds these beloved people have done after their deaths. It seems that this is the way that we honor our dead. Why? It does not have to be this way.Why can we not honor these people today while they live? Let us show gratitude for their great deeds. Show these great citizens what...

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Bad-luck Bubba goes to the beach

Several years ago, my friend Bubba and I decided we would take our wives on a weekend trip to the beach. Now, if you have been keeping up with my column, you know that going anywhere with Bubba is an adventure.Bubba was working second shift at a local mill and we decided to pull out for the beach when he got off from work on a Friday night. Bubba wanted us to drive his car, so it was midnight before we got loaded up and headed for the beach.

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OUR VIEW: Homelessness calls for grace

We say it before meals, sing about it in church and associate it with a ballerina’s bearing and poise. But what does grace really mean to us in Richmond County?Merriam-Webster’s defines grace as “disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy or clemency.” It’s a word with spiritual and temporal connotations, and both are evident at The Place of Grace, a fledgling tent city for homeless Richmond County men and women.Mark Joplin, ...

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LETTER: Voters’ will on same-sex marriage ignored

To the editor:This letter is in reference to the article “Gay marriage ban on shaky ground,” which appeared in the paper on Tuesday, Aug. 12. What good is it for us to go to the polls and vote if our vote is going to be overturned by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia, which is the appellate court which has jurisdiction over North Carolina?Also. our state attorney general, Roy Cooper, has said he would not defend the constitution...

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LETTER: Less demand for meat means less pollution

To the editor:The drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was recently fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state. The problem has become pervasive.Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf...

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LETTER: Obama deserves credit, not blame, for health care

To the editor:I applaud the July 17 response letter by Douglas Smith titled “Boyhood stories shine, but Obama-bashing gets old” in response to a column written by Robert Lee. I will be residing here for the next eight to 10 months taking care of a business venture. I have been reading the Daily Journal each day, and 99 percent of the news and opinions about the president have been negative. What ever happened to fair and balanced?

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LETTER: When will Congress stop robbing retirees?

To the editor:Congress demonstrated its callous disregard for retirement security by supporting laws to fund highway projects on the backs of retirees through an accounting trick known as “pension smoothing” in July. Sen. Kay Hagan voted for Amendment 3583 to strip this smoothing out of HR 5021, but Rep. Virginia Foxx voted to keep it in.

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LETTER: Lawmen deserve gratitude for fugitive’s capture

To the editor:l would like to thank Sheriff James Clemmons and his department along with the law enforcement officers from the state, federal agencies and surrounding counties for a job well done in the July 24 capture of fugitive John Adam Rillo.Our town and the surrounding communities were on edge for several days. l know that his family and everyone else is relieved that it ended with no casualties.Kenneth Broadway...

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ISIS crisis calls for careful, strategic solutions

To the editor:When ISIS and its radicals bring their war on Christians to our shores, as Robert Lee warns us in his Aug. 16-17 piece, given his determination, training and access to ammo and firearms, I doubt you could find a better man to share your foxhole than he. Before these radicals come ashore in their ubiquitous, combat-ready pickup trucks, though, let’s take a look at the situation.

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Remembering the Negro League

“He is number 42,” I said.On a baseball outing with my daughter’s family the other night, I was trying to find the name of a player on the Durham Bulls baseball team while the Bulls were playing a doubleheader against the Buffalo Bison.The player list in the game program did not show a number 42. Then I noticed another player wearing number 42, and then another. Every player was wearing number 42.Why?I should have remembered “...

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LETTER: Know the time before deciding to do the crime

To the editor:Reading in the your paper about the three people in custody in Moore County for possibly committing 30 break-ins took me back. I had a young inmate on my caseload; seeing him the first time, he came bouncing into my office and told me straight out that he had only a year left in prison and that he was not interested in any programs we had to offer him.

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D.C. summit can facilitate job growth

North Carolina’s businesses are a vital component of our national economy and must be afforded every opportunity to prosper, grow and create jobs. It’s a state priority, as well as one of my own, to support industries and small businesses that drive our economy and create jobs in our local communities.Now more than ever, our businesses and workers need real solutions to help create jobs, build a healthy economy and provide more opportunity. Unfortunately, our small busi...

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OUR VIEW: Scams call for skepticism

You have about a 1 in 175 million chance of winning the Powerball jackpot, according to the N.C. Education Lottery.Your odds of being targeted in a lottery scam? We can’t be exactly sure, but Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. tells us they’re significantly better.Phone and mail scams are circulating in Richmond County, with hucksters trying to con honest and hardworking folks out of their money. Lottery scams, in which a caller or mailing promises high-dollar win...

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The global war on Christians

Confucius said there is evil everywhere, but not everyone can see it. If you are a Christian, you see it all too well. Christians are under siege both physically and mentally all around the world.Radical Islam is waging a holy war against Christians in almost all of the Muslim countries. When ISIS came into the world’s view in recent months, no one in their wildest dreams thought that these people could ever be more radicalized than Al Qaida.Their dreams have since...

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