The husband hunters

Fall arrives as always in September. When I was a child in Virginia, it’s warning chill began even before the last crops of summer were harvested, and the leaves began turning gold and russet.What it really meant in those days of my youth was “Company.” And that made the dread of going back to school, wearing tight shoes and dresses with starched collars and giant hair bows, tolerable. It was the last of our small respite before hot, muggy classrooms smelling of o...

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The world is flat (Part 2)

“In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”That is a quote by Albert Einstein from the book, “The World is Flat,” by Thomas Friedman. (By the way, library cards are still free.) As I wrote in a previous column, in the book he discusses how computers, the internet, the information age, and the changing political landscape is affecting the whole world. While the emphasis is on how China and India are emerging as global economic forces, he deals with how a...

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Starting the greatest school year ever

With our caring and effective teachers assembling tomorrow, mindful of the enormous influence they have on improving educational outcomes for all students, and with our school administrators’ assurance that our “kids are going to get a top-notch educational experience,” we are just a week away from starting the greatest school year ever.

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Depression is real and serious health concern

Life brings with it a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It is expected there are times when we will be happy or sad, angry or giddy, worried or carefree.There will even be times we feel down.Imagine being unable to shake that feeling of despair and hopelessness.For someone suffering from depression — and one in every six people will at some point — that veil of darkness can last days or weeks. It can be so consuming as to affect daily activities suc...

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Much work still to do

Now that the General Assembly has concluded the vast majority of its business for the year, our office will be switching over to a bi-weekly schedule. While we will continue to work during the interim, most of our efforts will be focused on preparing for the 2015 Long Session.I want to remind you that, during this period, I and my staff will still be available to take calls, respond to emails, and provide information and assistance to anyone who needs it. Never hesitate to contact ...

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Putting it all on the line

Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day. They do it to defend and protect, ensuring that when we lay our heads down at night we can feel safe and secure.The phrase, itself, has been used often, even on these pages. Perhaps it’s a phrase that many might see as cliche. But after experiencing those words put into action this week, we can say unequivocally that the phrase holds far more meaning than one might imagine.After a report led us to the ...

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The fear of a father

Any day now, my second son will be born. I’d like to take time to reflect meaningfully on fatherhood so far, but I’m too busy trying to keep up with my first child to do that. With each new experience he offers, I find myself confronted with endless possibilities, but really only two choices: the one that encourages my child to become a better human being, and the one that doesn’t.

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A working partnership

Forging partnerships is a great way to get things done.A case in point is the latest partnership, of sorts, between the state Department of Transportation and the City of Clinton, which will bring sidewalk improvements and additional walkway to areas of Chestnutt and Ferrell streets which connect with Sunset and Butler elementary schools.The improvements, with a price tag of up to $128,000, come with no cost to the city thanks to DOT Small Construction Funds which are ma...

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The world is flat

Part 1“First we were afraid of the wolf, then we wanted to dance with the wolf, and now we want to be the wolf.”The above quote did not come from a suspense novel, or some piece of scary teenage fiction. The quote was by a Chinese central bank official concerning the United States in a nonfiction book. And that’s what makes it scary.

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Outlining our accomplishments

With our summer activity winding down, I want to quickly provide everyone with a review of what the legislature and our office, specifically, accomplished this year.The Budget Conference Report (Senate Bill 744)The House and Senate were able to agree on a balanced budget that provides an average 7% raise for teachers, preserves teacher assistant positions, and makes no changes to Medicaid eligibility. We accomplished all of that without raising taxes.Furthermo...

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Here’s to the academy, and 20 more years!

It’s hard to believe the Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy has been in Sampson for 20 years, yet in some ways, it’s hard to imagine ever being without the educational facility or its cadre of young men and women.Both are to the credit of ChalleNGe officials and the cadets who have come and gone from its midst over the past two decades. On the one hand, the academy has been like a best kept secret, quielty and efficiently making a difference in the lives of young people; on anot...

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A good teacher knows

What better time than on the 60th anniversary of Brown v Board of Education for us to reflect on the importance of providing equal educational opportunities for all children and to pose the question: “Are our schools succeeding at offering equal education?”Well, to answer that question we would need information on the racial discrepancies in our schools, showing both the discipline gaps and the achievement gaps among our students.If our school systems were mo...

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Lessons from the tobacco field

A couple of weeks ago, we were out cutting bushes. It had rained the night before. It was wet, and the humidity was so thick you could cut it with a knife. Then the sun came out and it turned into a sauna. Sweating and miserable, I thought to myself, “Well, at least I’m not in the tobacco field.”

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Lend your support if you can

There are so many worthwhile causes in Sampson, fundraisings that deserve our support, both in time, money and attendance.One of those is Saturday’s concert to raise money for a helipad for the town of Roseboro.Backed by the Roseboro Fire Department and such staunch business sponsors as Ford of Clinton, the event, featuring the vocals of Amanda Daughtry, will kick off at Sampson’s Agri-Exposition Center at 7 p.m.This is far more than a concert, it ...

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Clearing up the longevity issue

As you may have read or seen in the news recently, the House and Senate have reached a general agreement on a budget for the short session.The final version will provide public school educators a seven percent raise on average – working out to about $3,500 per teacher. This constitutes a $282 million investment, making it the largest teacher pay raise in state history and moving North Carolina from 46th to 32nd in national teacher pay rankings and from 9th to 4th place among ...

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The husband hunters

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Putting it all on the line

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