Your Daily Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:18:56 EST 1800 Saying thanks is not enough We say, “Thanks for your service,” when we met veterans of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq veterans. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST America’s clandestine war in Africa continues The Washington Post reported in late March 2014, “a sharp increase in U.S. Special forces deployed to Uganda.” Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Just another day of fishing (continued) Last week I had just retrieved my nine inch Rebel plug with its three sets of treble hooks from a large stump in Smith's lake. Now, I was on my quest to catch that trophy large mouth bass. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Defying terrorists with a new limb, renewed hope 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... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST We need to help in Ukraine To the editor:I would like to address my opinion on the crisis in Ukraine. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Changing our climate of indifference A new scientific report predicts more dire and irreversible consequences of the climate crisis than ever before. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST 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... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST We small fish need protection To the editor:For skeptics like me, who have never had much confidence in governmental environmental protection, the recent Duke Energy coal ash pollution in the Dan River reinforces my impressions. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST