Your Daily Journal- RSS OPINION Feed Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:01:44 EST 1800 Signs of suicide clearer in hindsight I awoke this morning to panic and bewilderment. The bewilderment was due to the panic of the bewilderment, and not knowing what was taking place in my mind in those first microseconds of being awake. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:01:16 EST LETTER: The case for fast-food pay hikes To the editor:This refers to the Sept. 13 editorial published in the Richmond County Daily Journal. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:56:11 EST LETTER: Share North Carolina’s charm with a California student To the editor:My name is Breanne Wise, and I am in fifth grade. I attend Brethren Heritage School in Modesto, California. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:14:12 EST Applying new lessons from old wars to ISIS At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at UNC-Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:07:11 EST Clean drinking water shouldn’t be taken for granted The coal ash problem in North Carolina was here long before the Dan River spill in February. This is a decades-old problem — one that should not take decades to correct. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:56:16 EST OUR VIEW: Americans frightened by freedom? As Islamic State militants slaughter civilians and decapitate prisoners of war in gruesome videos posted online for the world to see, some of us are more likely to balk when fellow Americans exercise their rights in controversial ways. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:14:07 EST The mill, the rattlesnake and the radiator Last week, I told you a little about old grist mills and how most are of a bygone era. This week, I'm going to tell you a true story about the creepy crawling things that still hang around these old mill sites. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:48:26 EST LETTER: Show your support for parks and rec project To the editor: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:38:08 EST OUR VIEW: Birth of an anthem Being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In 1814, a lawyer by the name of Francis Scott Key undoubtedly considered himself in that predicament. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:12:17 EST LETTER: Obama tiptoeing through the tulips with ISIS To the editor: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:04:12 EST 9/11 underscores national security needs Last week marked a very solemn date for our nation and a stark reminder that evil exists around the world. On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States of America fell victim to the most horrific terrorist attack in our history — an attack spurred by... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:55:13 EST OUR VIEW: Market won’t sustain $15 fast-food wages Fast-food workers in North Carolina and throughout the United States are trading name tags for picket signs. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:22:08 EST Stump liquor and Mama’s sobering wrath Not all of my memories make me smile. This one does — but for a sad reason, and I will explain. My love for my mother will never go away as I know, and that maternal affection is something that just about all people share. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:42:14 EST The disconnect between the spin and the classroom The propaganda machines on the right are spinning furiously these days trying to convince people that the folks currently in charge in Raleigh are big supporters of public education. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:31:11 EST Proof of school gains requires solid data RALEIGH — North Carolina's public schools have just released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly from districts eager to claim a large increase in... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:19:16 EST Letter on community center generates encouraging response To the editor: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:59:12 EST ‘Most moderate’ and ‘Kay:’ Do words make a difference? First of all, a warning: I am a Democrat. You cannot trust a partisan commentator to give an objective report on a political contest such as a debate between candidates for the United States Senate. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:51:14 EST Old grist mills and big snakes I'm sure most of us have heard our elders talking about taking corn or wheat to a grist mill and having it ground into corn mill, flour or scratch feed for the chickens. This was a common practice during the 1800s and even through the first half... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 14:23:15 EST LETTER: Terrorism calls for thoughtful solutions, not tough talk To the editor: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 13:59:09 EST Some Americans want ‘Freedom From Speech’ “There is no freedom from speech” is a phrase often uttered by First Amendment firebrands, usually when people call for government intervention to speech that offends them. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:12:14 EST