Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:20:54 EST 1800 Wandering away from home “I want to hear the story about you following the dog when you were little.” Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:30:13 EST The enduring American dilemma It is my conviction that the recent unrest surrounding the shooting of the unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., is a reminder of the enduring American dilemma — finding for the black man “a place consistent with the national heritage of... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:00:07 EST Reforms that benefit agriculture On Aug. 20, the House of Representatives and the Senate, constituting the 2013 Regular Session of the General Assembly, adjourned sine die. Unless the yovernor calls for a special session, the General Assembly will not meet again until next year with... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:01:12 EST Business thefts really do hurt many There have been two major business thefts in Clinton this month, and the ramifications of those thefts resemble the ripple effect left by a stone skipped across water. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:30:09 EST Greater works than these I will be placed under arrest on Sept. 10. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:01:11 EST Prepare students with tools they need Tomorrow dawns a new day for children across Sampson County as students from ages 4 through 18 return to classrooms in our two public school systems for another year. Private school students took their first steps into a new year a little while back... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:30:13 EST A benevolent dictator? “What we need,” said Dale, “is a benevolent dictator.”“Yeah,” I replied. “But I don't remember reading about too many kind-hearted dictators in the history books.” Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:30:10 EST Numbers don’t tell SCC’s success story Enrollment numbers might be down a little bit at Sampson Community College this fall, but that certainly should not — and in our view does not — diminish its great impact in this community nor define it as an educational... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:31:10 EST Youth touched, helped me Editor:It is very important to me, and I believe it would help a lot of people, especially the elderl,y to have this information. That's why I chose to write to your readers today. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:01:12 EST 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. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:30:11 EST The world is flat (Part 2) “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.” Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:46:12 EST 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... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:46:09 EST 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. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:31:14 EST 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... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:00:12 EST 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. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:30:07 EST 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... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:31:08 EST A working partnership Forging partnerships is a great way to get things done. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:30:09 EST 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.” Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:30:14 EST 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) Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:00:11 EST 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. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 06:30:05 EST