Anson Record- RSS OPINION Feed http://ansonrecord.com/section/OPINION http://ansonrecord.com/section/OPINION Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:14:17 EST 1800 Sen. McLaurin shares April news http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/4517872/Sen.-McLaurin-shares-April-news A few weeks ago I decided to contact young leaders from my five-county senate district and invite them to come together. Many of them are taking on leadership roles within their communities in business, in government, in education, within the legal... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Remembering what Easter truly means http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/4521610/Remembering-what-Easter-truly-means This week and next, the House is in recess so it is great to be back home in North Carolina. This past weekend I was incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter for the NHRA Four-Wide... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Saying thanks is not enough http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/4477817/Saying-thanks-is-not-enough We say, “Thanks for your service,” when we meet veterans of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq veterans. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Even constituents agree: Washington spending is out of hand http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/4460551/Even-constituents-agree:-Washington-spending-is-out-of-hand This week, I heard from countless constituents concerned with Washington's out-of-control spending and insurmountable debt. I'd like to share a letter I received from a constituent in Concord: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Saluting our 911 Center employees http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/4093755/Saluting-our-911-Center-employees The third week of this month, April 13-19, will be National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a national salute to all of the men and women dedicated to serving 911 centers all across the nation. This was first established in 1991 by an act of... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Rep. Brody shares March interim news http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/4092361/Rep.-Brody-shares-March-interim-news Rep. Mark Brody has shared news from his office for the month of March.Land Development Committee Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST We need to improve programs to help working, impoverished Americans http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/4096344/We-need-to-improve-programs-to-help-working-impoverished-Americans This week I had the privilege of joining my colleague Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02) for a panel discussion at the third Annual Poverty Summit led by Catholic Charities USA. The summit brings local community leaders and policy makers together for a... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Be proud of the way you talk http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/4052762/Be-proud-of-the-way-you-talk You sure do talk funny.Has anybody ever told you that?If you grew up in North Carolina and moved somewhere else for a while, you surely got that kind of question from folks who just had to laugh when they heard you talk. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Obamacare anniversary is no cause for celebration http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/4045466/Obamacare-anniversary-is-no-cause-for-celebration Anniversaries are usually supposed to be a cause for celebration. Unfortunately, this past week's anniversary was more like a bad rendition of Groundhog Day than it was an excuse for balloons and streamers. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Southern states can learn from North’s growing heroin problem http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/3993826/Southern-states-can-learn-from-Norths-growing-heroin-problem If the South cares to learn a “what not to do” lesson from the North, it will begin formulating a strategy to turn back heroin trafficking before the drug drives ol' Dixie down. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Protecting our military: one of our top duties http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/3985675/Protecting-our-military:-one-of-our-top-duties As Representative of North Carolina's 8th congressional district, I have the privilege of nominating young men and women to four of the five service academies. Just last week, it was my honor to call a student from Hickory Grove Christian High... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Sen. McLaurin shares monthly newsletter http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/3887401/Sen.-McLaurin-shares-monthly-newsletter Because I enjoy studying history, I was intrigued when a Rowan County teacher living in my district recently emailed to share information about a North Carolina leader from the past, Mr. Calvin Wiley. Born almost 200 years ago in 1819, Mr. Wiley was a... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST North Carolina-Florida women: political bellwethers http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/3929512/North-Carolina-Florida-women:-political-bellwethers What important Democratic woman politician, a Wake Forest alumna, who was born in North Carolina and later moved to Florida, has gained national attention this year for her candidacy in a critical bellwether election? Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Fiscal responsibility is an ‘afterthought’ to Washington Democrats http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/3922610/Fiscal-responsibility-is-an-afterthought-to-Washington-Democrats I know everyone is probably as disappointed as I am to see Carolina Panthers' Wide Receiver Steve Smith part ways with the organization. He gave all of us 13 exciting years of passion and dedication and he will be greatly missed. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Time for McCrory to lead on Medicaid http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/3945080/Time-for-McCrory-to-lead-on-Medicaid In the early days of the 2013 General Assembly session, just a few weeks after the inauguration of Gov. Pat McCrory, leaders of the state Senate were rushing a bill through the chamber to refuse Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST The crazy anti-vaccination movement http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/3931918/The-crazy-anti-vaccination-movement In a feat that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago, the anti-vaccine movement has managed to breathe life into nearly vanquished childhood diseases. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Talking trash again http://ansonrecord.com/news/editorial-opinion/3936327/Talking-trash-again It was in this space a week ago today that we lamented the fact that Robeson County was looking more and more like a dump, with our roads scattered with trash and no coordinated and determined effort to remove the litter. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST The problem that is Read to Achieve http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/3932198/The-problem-that-is-Read-to-Achieve RALEIGH — The first week of February brought Wayne County mother Jennifer Strickland an eye-popping surprise. A letter from the principal indicated that one of her twin boys — a stellar, straight-A student reading at an almost sixth-grade... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST ‘A mountain populist to the very end’ http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/3865017/A-mountain-populist-to-the-very-end When long-time legislator and lawyer Martin Nesbitt died last week at age 67, he was already on my mind for a column. The news of his stomach cancer followed quickly by his death shocked those who remembered his powerful presence as a representative... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST America’s credibility as a world superpower is on the line http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/3850894/Americas-credibility-as-a-world-superpower-is-on-the-line Winston Churchill once said, “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST