Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:14:05 EST 1800 An apocalypse upon us Terrorists murdering people exercising free speech at a satirical magazine. People killed by mere virtue of their beliefs in a kosher grocery store. Groups like ISIS and Boko Haram running amok in the Middle East and Africa. The world seems awful... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:01:52 EST We have to end the cycle of tragedies Last week, as Gerri Newkirk was apparently preparing for bed, gunshots pierced the window panes in her Springwood apartment, killing her and leaving her three young children motherless. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:31:51 EST Baseball loses one of the great ones Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks died Friday night at the age of 83. He was my first sports hero. (I'm not sure if there was a second.) He was known for his positive disposition and his love for the game. It was he coined the phrase,... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:01:52 EST Usher crowned Miss Crusader On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the senior class girls of Harrells Christian Academy were honored and recognized as the Miss Crusader Court was presented during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game against Coastal Christian. Ashley Usher, daughter of... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:21:51 EST County commissioners should seek citizen input Dear Editor, Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:46:51 EST A willing volunteer Editor:I have attempted on several occasions to volunteer my services in various capacities at the Sampson Correctional facilities but each time I was turned away apparently because my services were not of a religious nature. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:31:51 EST You need to let them know You probably heard about the recent death of Stuart Scott, especially if you are a sports fan. Scott, who was an ESPN sportscaster, died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 49. For a couple of days after his passing, on nearly every sports... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:32:20 EST Honoring King by doing for others The great Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered for many things during celebrations to honor him today and Monday — activism, humanitarianism, non-violent civil disobedience, his Christian faith — but it is his call to service that we... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:32:19 EST A legacy of paving the way for others What happened in American political history in 1962 that had President John Kennedy acclaiming, “My God, that's the biggest news in the county?” Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:32:18 EST The no-win weather calls Everyone can be a weather forecaster from the comfort of their recliner, watching the maps and trying to determine whether or not predicted sleet, ice or snow will actually find its way to our area. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:31:51 EST Join Chamber in celebrating King The first long weekend of 2015 is approaching and children and parents alike will delight in a day off from school, and hopefully a day off from work for the adults. The hustle and bustle of the holidays makes getting back into the swing of things... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:31:51 EST Bits and pieces of life The light from the January sun is so brilliantly prancing through the windowpane, that if I ignore the calendar, I could well pretend it was spring. This New Year in what seems like an elaborate choreographed dance of time has brought us almost... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:03:24 EST Our pens, our voices should remain mightier than the sword The atrocious attacks earlier this week have saddened us, angered us and reminded us that there are those around the world who believe people with opinions contrary to their own have no right to express them. Frighteningly, the most inhumane of those... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 06:30:09 EST Everything is awesome? One of the neat things about being a grandparent is that you get to do some fun kid stuff. You can play Army and pretend to shoot “bad guys,” build castles with building blocks, and roll toy cars across the floor with the kids without... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 06:30:07 EST The rules of the game There's nothing in this world that gets my stomach in a knot faster than watching a Carolina basketball game. If the Tar Heels have a healthy lead, I'm anxious that they'll lose it because they aren't rebounding properly. If... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 06:31:07 EST Looking toward a business future For Dylan Blackburn and other seniors at Midway High School, time is going to go fast in the days ahead. Graduation, you see, is on its way. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 07:30:12 EST Getting NC on the right track The North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes this month, and we hope as lawmakers return to the state's business that members will set aside politics and work together for a greater North Carolina. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 06:31:05 EST Personal home repair for 2015 The little yellow house was in good shape. Especially to be over fifty years old. Some new kitchen appliances and cabinets were installed, and the bathroom was updated a few years ago by a previous owner. My nephew crawled underneath the house. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 06:30:11 EST Committing to making 2015 a great year We've marched into a new year today, boldly ready to accept the challenges that lie ahead and, hopefully, grasp the opportunities that just might be within our reach. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 06:31:05 EST The common sense approach You can never be too cautious. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:30:14 EST