Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed http://clintonnc.com/section/OPINION http://clintonnc.com/section/OPINION Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:46:47 EST 1800 Making an impact by serving http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns-politics/150244000/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... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:45:22 EST Get a head start - vote early http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/150248181/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. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:30:14 EST The catch to catechisms http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150243877/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... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:30:12 EST Gambling with Ebola http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150193669/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... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 06:36:10 EST Working for a brighter NC http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-politics/150197493/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. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 06:36:10 EST Compare, choose Medicare plans http://clintonnc.com/news/lifestyle-opinion_columns/150168651/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... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:00:13 EST Tis’ the season for a contest! http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/150162009/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,... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:31:14 EST Your vote can change landscape http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-politics/150162039/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. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:31:12 EST Fighting for rural N.C. http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-politics/150162347/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. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:01:18 EST Help local non-profits, cast your vote today http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/150149743/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. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:31:05 EST Who will they be fighting for? http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150116724/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... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:31:09 EST Aunt Annie always tipped the scales http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150049004/Aunt-Annie-always-tipped-the-scales Somebody once told me that black bears live out their entire lives within the same 14 miles. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 07:00:13 EST New brand day http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150046499/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... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 06:30:11 EST Net neutrality – Proceed with caution http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150046443/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... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 06:00:15 EST (No heading) http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/150034786/ 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... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 06:30:13 EST The fourth quarter http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150022541/The-fourth-quarter A lot can happen in the fourth quarter. It's where games are finally won or lost. And, over the years, I've seen a lot of games won and lost in that last quarter. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 06:30:11 EST Our impatient society http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50753398/Our-impatient-society I grew up in a much different time than today. I am thankful that I grew up in a time that things moved a lot slower and much simpler than the way things are now. I am not saying that either time is good or bad, just different. In regards to this, my... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:30:19 EST Merrick’s amazing success story http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50783291/Merricks-amazing-success-story My quest to bring more exposure and recognition to Sampson County native John Merrick began some four years ago, and with the assistance of The Sampson Independent newspaper, city and county officials and the Sampson County History Museum, much has... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:46:10 EST Answers needed http://clintonnc.com/news/editorial-opinion/50787169/Answers-needed Brenda Liles deserves answers. And it's up to officials within the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to provide them.The question is will they? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:31:12 EST What’s wrong with our schools? http://clintonnc.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50753386/Whats-wrong-with-our-schools What's wrong with our schools? Why does the U.S. rank so far down the list compared to other developed countries when it comes to educational performance? And what can we do to improve? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:31:10 EST