Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:08:14 EST 1800 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 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 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? 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 Big hearts, great Bounty Looking around the South River Lodge Saturday night, those gathered would, at first glance, look like some of Sampson County's top movers and shakers joined for a festive evening of food and fellowship. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:30:13 EST The road to hell Let's start with what we can all agree upon. The Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL is an organization who has committed vile acts of violence against all people – the corrupted and the innocent; Christians and Muslims; Iraqis, Syrians and Americans. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:30:11 EST Drug campaigns worth the effort Undercover drug campaigns are risky, cost money and eat up untold man hours for law enforcement officers whose plates are often full long before these special projects are even planned. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:31:13 EST A cellular phone is here Recently, my eyes were opened to the reality of everything that has happened in Washington with our regulators and legislators. Cellular telephones have effectively replaced our traditional means of communication. (We now have more cellular telephones... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:00:19 EST Autumn in the air Although temperatures have still remained in the 80's this week, there's still been a change in the air, a chilliness that makes us want to take a slow, deep breath. The mornings are cooler now, the leaves are beginning to take on a more... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:30:11 EST Having the talk Down the road, someone is going to thank me for this column. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:30:09 EST R’boro citizens make a difference The Sept. 16 article “Citizens Play Role in Arrest of 2” is proof positive that alert citizens are essential to crime reduction and holding criminals accountable. That is exactly what happened when two alert Roseboro citizens played key... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:01:09 EST Remembering 6 young Ya-Ya Sisters The dawn is heavy with the promise of another summer day patiently waiting to be born. In the stillness of this early hour, the sky to the east lightens behind billows of perfect clouds. The orchestration is breath-taking. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:00:09 EST Words still mean things It was another example that words still mean things. On TV, during last Sunday's “Meet The Press,” the moderator, Chuck Todd, had an interview with President Obama. The interview was mostly about U.S. foreign policy. While Chuck Todd... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:30:10 EST NAACP — a symbol of hope Founded 105 years ago this year, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest and largest civil rights organization, has been one of the key players in advancing democracy through its struggle for equality and... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:01:22 EST To seem rather than to be I now know what purgatory looks like. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:30:10 EST Pow Wow keeps the tradition alive See related story A1When it comes to preserving heritage and keeping the traditions of years past alive, none do it any better than the Coharie Tribe. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 06:30:15 EST A legacy continues They had a choice. They could become bitter, or they could become better. They became better. Born a hundred years apart, the legacy of one opened the door of opportunity for the other. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 06:30:13 EST Outsiders taking our jobs? Editor:Why are there county employees that are not residents of this county. I'm not talking law enforcement. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 05:00:10 EST Lessons from terrible tragedy There are just some things that don't make sense. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 06:30:11 EST 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