Your Daily Journal- RSS opinion Feed Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:34:31 EST 1800 In defense of the Southern drawl Dear Jennifer Adams: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:13:14 EST Getting government out of the way Wow. I cannot believe how fast time flies. As we wrap up Labor Day, I hate to see summer end, but I'm excited to think about back to school, football season gearing up and a little break from the heat. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:04:12 EST Howler monkey a pet from hell So you think you want a monkey? Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:16:12 EST Vouchers not about helping poor kids After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy, unaccountable private-school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:59:12 EST Hagan, Tillis enter homestretch RALEIGH — Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for re-election for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, outgoing speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:57:10 EST Police escalate danger with no-knock raids Shortly before 3 a.m. on May 28, a team of SWAT officers armed with assault rifles descended on a home outside of Atlanta and burst into a room where a family was sleeping. One of the officers threw a flash-bang grenade into the room. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:02:08 EST Speckles proves chickens are not slow learners It's not every day that a columnist gets a letter from a chicken. But I got one from Speckles, who identified herself as the Chicken in Charge at Holland House. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:01:18 EST OUR VIEW Keeping the peace “Weapons of war have no place on our streets.”When President Barack Obama uttered those words on Feb. 4, 2013, he was referring to taking measures toward gun control. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:28:12 EST A non-lawyer on the Supreme Court? President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio's Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.Not really, of course. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:50:10 EST LETTER: Crime doesn’t pay, but it costs the taxpayers To the editor:I was inspired by a recent letter in the Daily Journal by Barbara Leviner Jackson. She was right on in her assessment that crime does not pay. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:41:12 EST LETTER: Marriage ruling protects minority rights To the editor:This is a response to Janice Walker's letter concerning gay marriage on Aug. 21. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:41:09 EST ISIS poses a greater threat than al-Qaida Winston Churchill once said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Over the past several months, the world has watched with great concern the events unfolding around the Middle East and Eastern... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:52:11 EST OUR VIEW: Protect student speech As the school bells ring around Richmond County and students make their way to class Monday morning, we hope teachers and administrators remember: Students have free-speech rights, too. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:46:11 EST 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. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:16:10 EST LETTER: Dedicate community center to selfless volunteer To the editor: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:37:08 EST 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. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:36:15 EST 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? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:44:05 EST LETTER: Voters’ will on same-sex marriage ignored To the editor: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:43:13 EST LETTER: Less demand for meat means less pollution To the editor: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:42:06 EST LETTER: Obama deserves credit, not blame, for health care To the editor: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:42:06 EST