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Sen. McLaurin shares news on bills, agriculture

I was pleased to present and explain Senate Bill 201 in the N.C. Senate last week. This local bill will allow Stanly Community College to save money, by enabling the Stanly County Commissioners to construct classroom buildings on the community college campus — as opposed to leasing buildings off campus at a potentially higher cost. I was glad to work with Representative Justin Burr, who introduced the bill. The bill passed the Senate 49-0 and is headed to the governor for his signature....

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Congress, president must work together to improve jobs crisis

As your Representative, it’s a priority of mine to build relationships across the aisle and find pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our nation. Now — more than ever — our families, our students, our workers and our veterans need real solutions. You deserve solutions to help create jobs, build a healthy economy, provide more opportunity and ensure access to quality health care. I’ve had a busy week in Congress, and we have made good progress to pass bipartisan s...

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Magazine conjures up memories of eating my way across four states

It’s odd, I guess, that Garden & Gun magazine would grace my reading table. I don’t have a garden — only three tomato vines that provide appetizers for local deer — and I’m not into guns. Actually, the magazine is about Southern lifestyle at its best, and I like that.The one for August/September is the annual Southern food issue, and subscribers are inclined to forget about the usual fare for now and, instead, enjoy generous helpings from exce...

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So many new voters, where did they come from?

“Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.So what? What difference does it make to us that almost half of North Carolina voters were born somewhere else?To begin to show the importance of such a large number of non-North Carolina natives participating in the state’s election process, DataNet gives us a sh...

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U.S. needs to do more to secure its borders

As many of you know, we currently have a crisis along our southern border. While the White House continues to claim that border security is at its strongest in history, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have illegally made their way into the United States this year. The administration’s slow reaction to this problem and failure of leadership has led to this humanitarian crisis. To add insult to injury, as tens of thousands of minors stream across the border, the president refuse...

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We need real solutions for America’s job crisis

While June’s jobs report showed some promising signs for our economy, there are still far too many Americans who can’t find work. We’ve all heard the phrase, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This rings true today, but some bureaucrats in Washington don’t see it this way. Currently, 4.6 million jobs are unfilled, yet millions of Americans are unemployed. Our federal job-training system was c...

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Books: Showing us as it once was, is, or could be

Why do we read books?For entertainment, of course, first and foremost. But the best books also challenge us emotionally and intellectually to see the world in a different way, as it really is, or as it once was, as it could be, or, perhaps, as it will become.Here are some summer reading ideas of North Carolina books that could open your eyes to seeing our world differently and entertaining you at the same time.First of all, “Crossroads of the Natural Wor...

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A hidden gem right here in Wadesboro

The people of Anson County have a wonderful gem sitting right here in the middle of town! It is the Ansonia Theatre. We have attended many of the productions that have been produced there since it opened, but Saturday night may have been one of the best. The production was a show by Broadway musical star David Burnham and his very talented piano accompanist. I was pinching myself as I listened to this extraordinarily talented young man. I was sitting in Wadesboro, N.C., listening to music tha...

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America’s freedoms are evident so far this July

Last weekend was a special weekend for families, friends and communities to join together and celebrate America. Whether you spent the weekend enjoying a family barbecue, attending a community parade, or viewing a fireworks show, I hope you took a moment to remember the heroic actions that have made our Fourth of July celebrations possible. We are fortunate that our nation is home to so many patriots who dedicate their lives to defending our freedom, securing our homeland and protecting our d...

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Sen. McLaurin provides legislative update for July

All too often we read about the inability of our elected leaders to reach compromise and work together. Since being elected to serve as your state senator in Raleigh, I have reached across the aisle to do what I believe is best for our five-county district and for our state. In fact, as a member of the Rural and Agricultural Caucus in the General Assembly, I recently had an opportunity to work with my friend, Senator Brent Jackson, a Sampson County Republican, and others on a bill that seeks ...

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A poem about fracking

Dear Editor:Hello, my name is Frank Robinson and I am a native of Anson County. I was born here in Wadesboro in 1971. I graduated Anson Senior High School back in 1990. The reason why I am submitting this letter to you is to express my concerns of the fracking legislation signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.This law will allow preliminary shale gas exploration in certain areas in this state. There is a swath of land covering parts of Anson, Richmond, Lee and Moore counti...

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Rep. Brody reports on ‘busy’ short session

One word to describe the Legislative Short Session would be “busy.” A typical day at the legislature during the short session would be meetings starting from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., with session sometime in between.Rep. Brody is a member of seven committees and two caucuses. He also has a perfect attendance record.1. Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Vice Chair)2. Agriculture3. Appropriations4. Commerce & J...

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