Your Daily Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:34:57 EST 1800 LETTER: Haggard’s ‘Fightin’ Side’ stokes my American pride To the editor: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A blanket fit for a prize racehorse Last week, a stranger had just pulled up in front of Ol 'Charley's store pulling a horse trailer. The stranger got out and marched right in through the front door of the store. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST We’re so Richmond County… A flood of hometown pride status updates has swept Facebook, with folks proudly listing the cities and towns where they grew up and sharing memories from “back in the day.” Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Student borrowers need to know the facts As your representative, it's a priority of mine to build relationships across the aisle and find pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our nation. Now — more than ever — our families, our students, our workers and our veterans... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST My first day of school — and first bully Most of you may think I was into just about everything when I was 5 years old. Maybe I was, but I didn't think at the time that what I was doing was bad or mean-natured. I was just a child who had a lot of time on my hands, and I did get into... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST OUR VIEW Our loony laws When pilfering pine needles can carry a higher penalty than driving away in a stolen car, it's not hard to see that some of North Carolina's criminal laws are out of whack. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Tax credit claims are poorly scripted RALEIGH — When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST LETTER: Sales tax hike raises gas bills To the editor: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Our out-of-state voter surge “Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Ol’ Charley done found religion Last week, we left ol' Charley Perkins as mad as a setting hen 'cause he thought someone had poisoned his bear. Charley wasn't never much of a religious man anyway, no-sirree. Why, he never would go to Sunday school, church or... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST OUR VIEW: A better Ledbetter Lake “Voluntary tax” sounds like as much of an oxymoron as “dry lake.” But in Richmond County, the first seemingly contradictory phrase could be the solution for the second. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST 4-H youth gearing up for showmanship circuit 4-H youth are busy preparing for the start of the 2014 4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit season. They have been training and clipping their animals for the past month. Many of them get their animals as soon as school lets out for the... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Rep. Hudson wrong on health care To the editor: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST LETTER: Cars, cards are easy theft targets To the editor:A lack of regulations in North Carolina make it so easy to steal some property. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Make border security the top priority As many of you know, we currently have a crisis along our southern border. While the White House continues to claim that border security is at its strongest in history, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have illegally made their way into the... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Our unaccountable, tax-and-spend government Obama thinks that he is as slick as a clay road in the rain. His only problem: Any man or woman with eyes can see right through the mud that he calls transparency. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Close the curtain on state budget soap opera These are fascinating times in Raleigh for political junkies and folks in the public policy world, as House and Senate leaders of the same political party trade budget offers back and forth and Gov. Pat McCrory weighs in with strong words and photo... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Memories of eating my way across four states It's odd, I guess, that Garden & Gun magazine would grace my reading table. I don't have a garden — only three tomato vines that provide appetizers for local deer — and I'm not into guns. Actually, the magazine is about... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Secret autopsies leave public in the dark For the second time in a month, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Plant the seed for fruitful debate RALEIGH — I'm told that while there is no firmly established gift tradition for a 28th anniversary, the modern practice is to signify the event with an orchid. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST