Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:08:00 EST 1800 Moving past fear Where is the outrage? If we, as a society, believe all lives matter, then we should all be expressing more outrage at the fact that by age 26, 1 in 4 black males will be either a homicide victim of in prison. And since there is no widespread... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:01:51 EST Series is truly a Class Act When it comes to enriching the lives of children, particularly as it pertains to the arts, the Class Acts Sampson CenterStage for Students, has shone as brightly as any other fundraising star could possibly shine. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:31:52 EST I don’t know and I don’t care! A young reporter had been assigned by the news director at the TV station to do one of those “man on the street” surveys. It's one of those news reports where the reporter asks everyday people their opinion on subjects. The question... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:31:51 EST How should Driver Education be funded? The crossover deadline at the legislature is approaching quickly, so we are working hard to get bills heard and passed to the opposite chamber. Unless a bill contains an appropriation or finance provision, it must pass at least one chamber by the... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:01:52 EST Keeping our earth habitable Today is Earth Day! The annual event, which began forty-five years ago today, is intended to promote humanity's stewardship of the Earth. Pick up trash! Buy a more fuel efficient car! Petition Congress to do something, anything, to combat... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:31:52 EST What else was there to do? A few years ago I heard a minister share about his experience while in Africa on a mission trip. The trip took him to a small village in an isolated area. His mission was to assist in ministry at a church in that rural town. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:31:51 EST Young Professionals group being formed Among voter registration alone, the age range of 18 to 40 is the largest demographic in Sampson County, with the second largest being the ages of 0 to 18. So then we ask the question, what are we doing to mold these leaders for tomorrow? Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:01:52 EST Celebrating Minority Health Month As we celebrate April as National Minority Health Month, we must also continue to call for a national will to provide every individual adequate health care services as a matter of right. With the passage of President Obama's signature health... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:46:51 EST Leadership in April 1865 A couple of weeks ago, I went up to the reenactment of the Battle of Bentonville. This was the 150th anniversary of the battle which took place near the end of the Civil War. Watching the reenactment of the battle was neat, with over 3000... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:31:51 EST Volunteer breakfast is set for Tuesday I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. I sure did; it was such a beautiful, quiet day with great church servicse. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 21:31:51 EST Chutes and ladders and life Watching the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Monday night, it was hard not to feel bad for the Wisconsin Badgers. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 06:31:51 EST Living life by Christ’s example “And behold, there was a great earthquake: the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone from the door and sat on it …And the angel answered and said unto the women, fear not for behold I know that ye... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 06:31:53 EST The Final Four and Easter What do Easter and the Final Four have in common? Besides occurring on the same weekend this year, you would think the holiday and the college basketball championship have little. I know I am stretching a little, or a lot, but I have come up with a... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 06:31:51 EST Bills proposed, signed Last week was the deadline to file bills in the Senate and I am pleased with the legislation that I have proposed and co-sponsored. You can view all the bills I have proposed or signed on to by clicking here to link to the NCGA website. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 19:01:51 EST Helping child abuse victims important It's hard for many of us to understand how someone can have child and then not take care of it. It is harder still to fathom how someone can have child and then abuse it, physically, emotionally, verbally, or sadly, a combination of all... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:31:51 EST Lynching is no laughing matter Every now and the, something happens to remind us that we, as a nation, need to face our history, confronting the difficulties we have to fulfilling America's promise of true equality and justice for all. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:01:55 EST We’ve been here before It looks like the 2016 presidential race has started. (I know, I know, it's just Spring in 2015.) Various polls are already out proclaiming the frontrunners for their party's nomination. The potential candidates are already spending lots... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:31:51 EST Farm Bill great step forward for NC ag Earlier this week, I held a press conference to go over the 2015 Farm Act, which I filed today. I was pleased to be joined by the bill co-sponsor Sen. Andrew Brock, Rep. Roger West, Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler and the Executive Director... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:16:51 EST They call the thing rodeo Have you ever started a day with a song stuck in your head, and you had no idea why that song in particular? Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:31:52 EST Maybe they are listening Don't you just hate smart-aleck teenagers? Especially when they are right. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 06:31:52 EST