Voting is a right not a privilege Dear Editor,
The Voter ID bill is simply an anti-Democracy tactic to suppress the God-given Constitutional right to vote in America. Representative Ken Goodman’s vote in favor of this bill is a monumental disappointment to those of us who subscribe to the doctrine of basic fairness.
Voting is a right not a privilege. Flying on a plane or buying a beer may require an ID but that is a privilege and not a right. Our democracy makes us unique...
Our View: Blinded by the light Among all of the unnecessary bills bouncing about in Raleigh, and the time-wasting legislation jawed about among the General Assembly, there is a modest bit of proposed legislation we believe makes perfect sense.
From one of our sister newspapers, The Robesonian, comes word of a state senator looking out for our safety on the roads in NC.
The state Senate on Thursday passed a bill that makes it a crime to install and use vehicle headlight...
The Raleigh Report for May 4, 2013 This week, House legislators dealt with an array of high profile legislation including immigration, NC Pre-K eligibility, Asheville’s water system and renewable energy. On Wednesday, a bill offering undocumented residents driving privileges and creating Arizona-style detainment methods was approved by the House judiciary committee. The measure would allow immigrants to pursue a restricted driver’s license and authorize police to detain indivi...
State Representative Ken GoodmanRichmond County Daily Journal
Health care law hurts, not heals, the economy Among the many justifications used to try to popularize the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the first and foremost claim was that the measure would be a job creator. At the White House Health Summit in 2010, Nancy Pelosi asserted, “In its life, this bill will create 4 million jobs — 400,000 jobs almost immediately.”
The fact of the matter is, President Obama’s health care law doesn’t create jobs, it kills them. As the darkening ...
U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08)Richmond County Daily Journal
The longer I live I see Dear Editor,
I want to thank Dawn Kurry for writing the featured story of Wade and my yard in the Thursday, April 25, Journal.
I really appreciate all The Daily Journal does as a hometown newspaper, especially for people like Wade and I that don’t have Internet or a computer.
We are of the “old school,” being born during the Depression era. We are grateful for that because we were taught how to appreciate life. Our parents were God fear...
Our View: Discovering success For those of us in the newspaper business — including our transition to the web — success can be measured in the number of eyeballs we attract.
For a venue like Rockingham Speedway, it’s the number of fannies in the seats.
For Discovery Place KIDS–Rockingham, success can be measured in the number of children’s hands being kept busy by the fascinating displays and exhibits. And from the looks of ticket sales since its grand opening earlier...
It’s a crying shame Dear Editor,
I read in Saturday’s Weekender about these sorry dead beat dads that refuse to pay child support.
In my opinion, the judicial system should make these men be fixed so they can’t have more children that they’re not going to support anyway.
I grew up in a Godly home with family first. My parents loved me and my sisters and brother. It’s a crying shame that these men take this so lightly about responsibility.
I hope the peop...
In the absence of argument “People generally quarrel,” G.K. Chesterton once wryly observed, “because they cannot argue.”
To the extent North Carolina politics looks increasingly quarrelsome at the moment, it is because of a breakdown of argument — of constructive debate among people of good faith who happen to disagree on public policy. Instead, traditional and online media alike are filled with venom, personal attacks, conspiracy theories, and overall boorishness.
Tar Heel View: On loosening state’s gun laws It is absolutely mind-boggling. At a time when public opinion poll after public opinion poll shows Americans even in the gun-happy South are in favor of stronger laws on guns, particularly on background checks, the Republicans in the North Carolina House are setting their sails against the wind, and against common sense.
They’re now pushing a measure, acting as obedient servants of the gun lobby, to make it possible for people to carry guns...
From the News & Observer of RaleighRichmond County Daily Journal
My Spin: What have you got to lose? North Carolina’s official toast boldly proclaims that ours is a state where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great. But we can never be that great state as long as so many of us are so unhealthy.
According to the non-profit United Health Foundation North Carolina ranks 33rd in overall health, continually among the bottom third of states. One in three children is overweight or obese while 26.5 percent of white, 42.9 percent of black ...
For the sake of our children As the General Assembly considers Governor McCrory’s budget and we move closer to their goal of a budget finalized in June, it would seem our state and our community colleges are at a tipping point. Should we follow the Governor’s plan, with its combination of budget cuts and new funding resulting in a net reduction of $10 million? Or should we begin to reinvest in our colleges, our students, our businesses and our future?
On April 8, Dr. S...
Dale McInnis, Richmond Community College PresidentRichmond County Daily Journal
Keep our grandfather’s fire burning “Everybody in North Carolina should have heard that speech.”
Someone had just heard Tom Lambeth’s recent remarks to the North Caroliniana Society, which was presenting him with its annual award for service to our state.
Lambeth, longtime former executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, used the occasion to talk about some of the people and some of the stories that help define North Carolina and its history for him.
Tired of budget shenanigans? With the formal release of President Obama’s budget, the pieces are finally in place for a reprise of the Washington drama we’ve all come to know. There will be high-stakes negotiations, lines in the sand, and enough intrigue to keep Beltway insiders riveted by every piece of breaking news.
The rest of us, though, are already worn out. Ordinary Americans are tired of brinksmanship and weary of a government that appears addicted to crisis. W...
To serve and protect Dear Editor,
I want to thank a police officer for a wonderful job he did on April 25, 2013.
He had to stop the busy traffic on Rockingham Road across from the old Winn Dixie, to help a family of geese get safely to the other side of the road. There was a mama, daddy and four tiny little babies.
It was truly a beautiful sight to see the police officer protect this little family.
Thank you Rockingham Police Officer Dustin Johnson.
Our View: A good lesson When we talk about a winning school, a dynamic school, we talk about a very special place that works to prepare youngsters to succeed in life. Life beyond the classroom.
We are proud to say that one of those very special places — one of those very special schools — is Hamlet Middle School.
Hundreds of students gathered together recently as Hamlet Middle School received its official designation as a North Carolina “School to Watch” for the...