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Making an impact by serving

Editor’s note: Opinion pieces contributed by local candidates from the Democrat and Republican parties will appear on this page randomly over the next few weeks. Candidates and party chairs were both offered the opportunity to submit oped pieces of their choosing. All content had to be provided by Monday, Oct. 6. Those appearing over the next few days and weeks are the ones that were submitted. No additional candidate pieces will be accepted at this time. Letters to the editor r...

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Get a head start - vote early

The political season has shifted into full-gear, with the November election now only weeks away. And with that comes the opportunity for registered voters in Sampson County to carry out their civic duty early, if they so choose.Come Thursday, four sites will be opened in parts of Sampson County so residents can cast a ballot early for local, state and national candidates. Early voting ends Nov. 1. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.The Sampson County Board of Electi...

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The catch to catechisms

It’s said that a belief is nothing more than a thought you keep thinking. It may be actively chosen, but for most of us, a belief is unquestioningly accepted from our family or community. Rarely do we consider the consequences or assumptions informed by our beliefs out of fear that if we changed our beliefs, our tribe would banish us.With the legalization of gay marriage in North Carolina, we are all invited to re-examine our beliefs.Most opposition to gay marriage...

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Gambling with Ebola

Dr. Kent Brantly is a gambler. Some of you may recognize the name. He is the U.S. doctor who recently contracted the Ebola virus while serving as a medical missionary in Liberia. You may have seen him on TV when he was released from the hospital in Atlanta. He surely wasn’t in Las Vegas, but is probably a gambler in the truest sense of the word.In the letter to the Philippians in the Bible, the Apostle Paul writes about a fellow Christian named Epaphroditus. Paul states that ...

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Working for a brighter NC

(Editor’s note: Beginning today, opinion pieces contributed by local candidates from the Democrat and Republican parties will be provided. Candidates and party chairs were both offered the opportunity to submit oped pieces of their choosing. All content had to be provided by Monday, Oct. 6. Those appearing over the next few days and weeks are the ones that were submitted. No additional candidate pieces will be accepted at this time. Letters to the editor regarding political campaign...

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Compare, choose Medicare plans

Your health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year. The Annual Election Period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2015. Take advantage of the Annual Election Period, and you may be able to save money, improve your coverage or both.

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Tis’ the season for a contest!

If you enjoy Halloween, dressing up or both, then we’ve got just the contest for you. And if you’ve got a costume, flaunt it; if your children get all decked out, show them off; if your co-workers have fun with the season, promote them, with proper permission, of course, and if you want to see them win, come Nov. 3 start voting for them.

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Your vote can change landscape

(Editor’s note: Beginning today, opinion pieces contributed by local candidates from the Democrat and Republican parties will be provided. Candidates and party chairs were both offered the opportunity to submit oped pieces of their choosing. All content had to be provided by Monday, Oct. 6. Those appearing over the next few days and weeks are the ones that were submitted. No additional candidate pieces will be accepted at this time. Letters to the editor regarding political campaign...

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Fighting for rural N.C.

(Editor’s note: Beginning today, opinion pieces contributed by local candidates from the Democrat and Republican parties will be provided. Candidates and party chairs were both offered the opportunity to submit oped pieces of their choosing. All content had to be provided by Monday, Oct. 6. Those appearing over the next few days and weeks are the ones that were submitted. No additional candidate pieces will be accepted at this time. Letters to the editor regarding political campaign...

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Help local non-profits, cast your vote today

For decades, The Sampson Independent has offered myriad interactive ways for readers to be a part of the newspaper and, in turn, to help the community.

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Who will they be fighting for?

In the early days of television, there was a popular game show called “The $64,000 Question.” You had to answer an extremely difficult question to win the prize. (Remember, back then $64,000 was considered a lot of money.) Speaking of 64,000, here’s a question for today. Why have there been over 64,000 TV campaign commercials in North Carolina for the N.C. U.S. Senate contest? That’s not the $64,000 question. It’s the $34 million question.

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Aunt Annie always tipped the scales

Somebody once told me that black bears live out their entire lives within the same 14 miles.When I heard that, right away I got to thinking about Aunt Annie Southerland. Not that she reminded me of a black bear. Actually (in a nice way) she resembled her old tomcat, Pharaoh: compact and lithe, with a wild mane of white and black hair and a feisty way of dealing with the world. She was a beauty too, and loved a sassy joke.Aunt Annie never caught the traveling bug. A trip ...

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New brand day

For much of my childhood, I believed that appearances didn’t matter. I told myself that I didn’t care about the snap judgments the world wishes to make about someone based on appearance alone. I told myself that this was superficial and without value.I didn’t just talk the talk – I walked the walk. I wore a tuxedo with tails to my first prom; when I had to wait for the bus in the rain, I almost never had a raincoat, so my mom would cut a couple of holes in a...

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Net neutrality – Proceed with caution

The InterNet is a resource that came to life as an experiment years ago. That experiment connecting four computers located in different parts of the country, was to test a concept called distributed computing. The idea was to develop a common computer format that any computer could digest and talk to one another (this did for software what the USB port has done for hardware). This way, if the country was under attack, and one computer went down, we still could rely on the remaining three comp...

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Approximately 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and some 30,000 breast cancer deaths are expected to occur among U.S. women before the end of 2014. And it is now predicted that one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes.In Sampson County, the statistics go something like this: In 2014, the anticipated number of new breast cancer patients will be 65 and the projected number of deaths related to that cancer for the year is 10....

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