Your Daily Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:45:08 EST 1800 Free speech under attack RALEIGH — Freedom of speech is one of the core values of a free society. It ought to be appreciated and protected by Americans across the political spectrum. Unfortunately, it is not. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:06:51 EST OUR VIEW: Today’s session brings potential for compromise State lawmakers will tackle teacher pay, consider tax breaks to lure new industry to North Carolina and take a hard look at building roads and bridges this year. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:06:51 EST Correcting 4 common exercise myths We are bombarded by misinformation about exercise and nutrition these days. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:36:51 EST Mowing memories at the DOT Last time, I wrote about the ice storm that hit the Sandhills in 1968. Well if that wasn't enough ice, we had another big one in February 1969. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:06:51 EST Six old golfers find pleasure — and forgiveness We started off with six golfers, playing every Tuesday that weather and reasonably good health permitted. Five of us are old newspaper guys; one outsider was accepted because he's the brother-in-law of one of the regulars. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:51:54 EST Report cards use skewed formula During the 2013 long session, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring the state to issue School Report Cards. There is a lot of debate over the motive behind the grading system. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:11:51 EST 30 years later, Tom Ross could follow Friday’s footsteps “He's got great job security,” someone asserted a few years ago when UNC President Tom Ross's job first seemed to be at risk after the party affiliation of UNC's board of governors changed. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:46:51 EST Obama out of touch with middle class As you know, last week President Obama addressed the nation in his annual State of the Union speech to lay out his agenda for the year ahead. I was honored to have Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley as my guest to represent all of North... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:11:51 EST Legal Corner: Pros, cons of Chapter 11 bankruptcy Last week, the Legal Corner discussed the basics of Chapter 13 bankruptcy and some of the benefits it may provide to individuals who may consider filing. This week, we will cover the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process and some of the advantages and... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:41:51 EST People hold the true power I have come to a point in life where I know I have lived the most of it. I have no fear of any man or the outcome of my words that go to print for all to see. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:56:51 EST A son’s plea: ‘Walk a little plainer, Daddy’ To the editor: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:56:52 EST McCrory’s staggering start to 2015 Last Friday was supposed to be a moment for Gov. Pat McCrory to shine, to stand in front of the UNC Board of Governors and unveil another part of his strategy to create jobs, to keep what he calls the Carolina Comeback in the... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:46:53 EST LETTER: Rockingham, Richmond County need new leaders To the editor: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:41:51 EST Burr in Obama’s saddle RALEIGH — As the State of the Union address by President Obama and the Republican response aptly demonstrated, the next two years are more likely to feature confrontation rather than conciliation in Washington. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:21:51 EST Fitness tips for the new you Beginning a new fitness regimen for the New Year can become a very exciting, yet stressful endeavor.Guess what? It doesn't have to be. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:56:51 EST Obama more hawkish than detractors admit To the editor: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:16:51 EST Getting lost in the mountain woods Back when I was a child, every five or six weeks, my family would go up to the mountains of North Carolina to visit my uncle. You see, my mom grew up around Elk Park, North Carolina. Daddy said Mom would start getting sad and blue if she didn't... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:51:51 EST Leaving proudly, but not with enthusiasm “Fired with enthusiasm.” Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:51:51 EST LETTER: Critics invited to discuss issues in person To the editor:I want to take the time to say thank you to Mrs. Lucy Furr McAllister for her response to my letter last week, “Correcting a warped view of law enforcement.” Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:31:51 EST Short-circuiting Obama’s power grab Much like the foundation of a building, our nation is built on a solid foundation carefully planned and established by our Founding Fathers. This foundation is our Constitution, which created three branches of government and a unique set of checks and... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:16:51 EST