Our View: Bang, bang — you’re closed Imagine the scene: You and a couple of friends are out on the town on a Saturday night.
Your group decides that a few drinks, some music and a little dancing is the perfect answer to unwinding after a killer week at work.
As the evening grows long, the club begins to get a bit too crowded for your comfort.
Stepping outside for a smoke with your friends and, suddenly, a few yards away in the shadow of the back door, voices are raised, th...
This Week in Washington for May 25, 2013 “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” — George Washington
Happy Memorial Day!
For many, Memorial Day 2013 will be filled with barbeques, community parades, outdoor games, and relaxation with family and friends. But this holiday is much more than that. Me...
Notes on Quotes: The origins of our U. S. flag “We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.” — George Washington
For Americans our flag is the symbol of national unity. It reminds us of our struggle to preserve our freedom, our ideals of justice, freedom of expression and democratic form of government. Many patriots sa...
Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines MercerRichmond County Daily Journal
Reform case in four numbers In the spirit of keeping things simple, the case for reforming North Carolina’s medical-assistance programs can be expressed in four numbers: 12, 15, 17, and 48.
These are all national rankings. North Carolina ranks 12th in the nation in state mental health spending per capita. North Carolina ranks 15th in Medicaid payments per child or working-aged adult enrolled in the program. North Carolina ranks 17th in state and local taxes as a perce...
Tar Heel View: STD bill puts more at risk If judged only by the stated intent of its sponsors, legislation before the North Carolina General Assembly that would require parental consent for children to have access to a wide array of medical care might be considered noble. Those supporting the bill contend that such difficult decisions are best made when children, especially teenagers, have the wisdom of parental guidance.
However, it does not take much imagination to envision the l...
From The Daily ReflectorRichmond County Daily Journal
Tar Heel View: Don’t close gun records to public It’s not enough that North Carolina lawmakers are poised to loosen the state’s gun laws allowing weapons on college campuses, in parks and greenways, and in bars with liquor-drinking patrons. They’re also on course to keep secret gun permit information - making it impossible for watchdog groups to hold accountable those who issue such permits.
The absurdity of allowing guns on college campuses, in bars and in parks has raised eyebrows acros...
From The Charlotte ObserverRichmond County Daily Journal
We commend you for taking the extra effort Dear Editor,
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you expressing our gratitude and appreciation for your generous support and participation in our Scholarship Golf Tournament. We commend you for taking the extra effort to ensure that the children of our community have a chance to receive higher education.
Through your generous efforts we were able to award $6,000 in assistance to twelve local high school and college stude...
Along These Lines: Be careful what you sew I’ve slept easy the past year, knowing that 93-year-old Sharlotte Hydorn and her menacing sewing machine are both off the streets. One year ago, she was sentenced to five years supervised probation after she failed to file federal tax returns.
And for that, we can all thank the twelve, brave FBI agents, who stormed Ms. Hydorn’s La Mesa, Calif., home in late 2011, and confiscated her appliance.
One can only imagine how the shakedown played...
Smart Start not only makes a difference, but also excels Dear Editor,
A study ranking Richmond County one of the state’s unhealthiest counties includes adult obesity, low high school graduation, unemployment and children in poverty as health factors where Richmond fails.
These are areas where Smart Start not only makes a difference, but also excels! Despite yearly cuts in funding, Smart Start programming, implemented through Richmond County Partnership for Children, addresses these issues throu...
Priorities will include education, new jobs The NC Senate budget has been released this week. We will have discussions and deliberations in our committees on the state budget proposal as put forth by the Senate leadership and will likely have floor debate on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. After the Senate approves a budget, it will be sent to the House of Representatives for their consideration. My priorities will be education, job creation, a fair and balanced tax reform plan, a...
State Sen. Gene McLaurinRichmond County Daily Journal
My Spin: Human trafficking in North Carolina Sometimes it feels that just one more problem will overwhelm us, but there is one that needs immediate exposure and urgent attention: the growing problem of human trafficking, defined as the illegal trade of humans for purposes of reproductive slavery, sexual exploitation, forced labor or other modern-day forms of slavery. Trafficking has become one of the fastest growing and most lucrative crimes, estimated to generate 32 billion dollars per...
With your support Dear Editor,
On behalf of the Hamlet Depot and Museums, I would like to thank you and your staff for the article and the Community Calendar listing of National Train Day.
With your support, we were able to tell the community about National Train Day, attracting around 500 participants!
Your support is truly appreciated.
Miranda Chavis Hamlet Depot and Museums Manager
The Invisible Lawmakers Want to know what’s causing a lot of people in Washington to work long hours right now? Here’s a hint: it’s not immigration reform or gun control or, for that matter, any other legislation coming down the pike. Instead, it’s a pair of three-year-old laws.
Health care reform and the Wall Street reform act known as “Dodd-Frank” both became law in 2010. Most people consider these old news, but they’re not. Because after a bill becomes law is w...
Remembering the Merritts of Merritt’s Store If you mention Merritt’s Store anywhere around Chapel Hill, most often you will hear something like, “Oh yes. Best BLTs I’ve ever tasted.”
And it is true. A bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich at Merritt’s Store, together with sweet iced tea flavored with the fresh mint growing in a box beside the store, is one of the great taste treats in my world, right up there with the peach cobbler at Stamey’s Barbecue in Greensboro or a small chopped b...
This Week in Washington for May 18, 2013 We’ve all heard the phrase, “elections have consequences.” Recent news about the IRS singling out conservative groups for extra scrutiny is a “consequence” I never hoped to see.
When I first learned the IRS had targeted conservative groups during the most recent election, I was outraged by the reports indicating a nonpartisan government agency was actually engaging in political activities and using taxpayer-funded resources. Perhaps the mos...
U.S. Representative Richard HudsonRichmond County Daily Journal
Tar Heel View: On state tax reform efforts North Carolina developed its current system of taxation during the revenue reforms of the Great Depression, seeking to keep state government afloat at a time of widespread hardship. It depended — and still depends — on a relatively high income tax rate and was designed to reflect an economic system driven by agriculture and manufacturing, textiles and furniture.
Such a structure does not reflect an “ideas” economy or one that produces more ...
From The Daily ReflectorRichmond County Daily Journal
A flurry of legislation The General Assembly has experienced a flurry of legislation as lawmakers introduce as many bills as possible before crossover — the deadline in which legislation that doesn’t raise or spend money must clear the House or Senate chambers by Thursday night (May 9) to be considered for the remaining two-year session. So far, the House has voted in favor of legislation such as prohibiting law enforcement officers from destroying fully-operating f...
State Rep. Garland E. PierceRichmond County Daily Journal
Clusters of blossoms Dear Editor,
In most places the Dandelion is considered a noxious weed.
Richmond County, however, seems to honor the “weed,” and rightly so. Taraxacum Officinale, as it is technically known, is a beneficial herb used many places as food and medicine.
It is not native to North America having originated in Eurasia 30 million years ago.
In spring in Richmond County, yards, roadsides and fields are aglow with the small yellow blooms.
Our View: In the driver’s seat — a big responsibility Traffic crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in America.
Along with reading, writing and arithmetic, it’s important to teach our children about safety behind the wheel.
It may start with a tricycle in the driveway, or a Big Wheel on the sidewalk, but before you know it our kids have grown enough to earn a real drivers license, and the chance to operate a real motor vehicle — that’s about 4,000 pounds of plastic and metal, capable of spee...
NC activists need Teachable Tuesdays The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is spearheading a weekly series of protests at the state legislature called “Moral Mondays” directed against Republican-supported bills such as tax reform and voter ID. Might I respectfully suggest that the participants agree to a weekly series of instructional sessions about free speech in a constitutional republic? Let’s call them “Teachable Tuesdays.”
The need for remedial education on the principl...