Your Daily Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 1 Aug 2014 03:36:00 EST 1800 WW I: Catastrophe without end This year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. American troops entered the fray three years after the war started. The war was an intense slaughter of human life. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST OUR VIEW The finger as free speech The bird. The finger. The Bronx salute. It's as old as ancient Rome, and over the centuries, the hand gesture hasn't lost its peculiar power to offend. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Read opposing views, decide for yourselves “I don't read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.” Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST State budget was worth the wait RALEIGH — It's the journey, not the destination, that matters most — or so we have been assured by deep thinkers ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Steven Tyler. When it comes to North Carolina's revised 2014-15 state budget,... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Raising quality kids — and not just goats Interest in meat goats has grown rapidly over the past several years. According to Ohio State University Extension, goat is the most frequently consumed meat in the world and, in the U.S., meat goat production is growing because of their ability to... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST LETTER: Haggard’s ‘Fightin’ Side’ stokes my American pride To the editor: 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