Anson Record- RSS OPINION Feed http://ansonrecord.com/section/OPINION http://ansonrecord.com/section/OPINION Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:04:30 EST 1800 Sen. McLaurin shares news on bills, agriculture http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/50075251/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... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Congress, president must work together to improve jobs crisis http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/50072772/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... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Magazine conjures up memories of eating my way across four states http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/309742/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... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST So many new voters, where did they come from? http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/331488/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. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST U.S. needs to do more to secure its borders http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/305444/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... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST We need real solutions for America’s job crisis http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/5257368/We-need-real-solutions-for-Americas-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... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Books: Showing us as it once was, is, or could be http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/5272507/Books:-Showing-us-as-it-once-was-is-or-could-be Why do we read books? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A hidden gem right here in Wadesboro http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/5282035/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... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST America’s freedoms are evident so far this July http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/5212147/Americas-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... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Sen. McLaurin provides legislative update for July http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/5220008/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... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A poem about fracking http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/5212669/A-poem-about-fracking Dear Editor: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Rep. Brody reports on ‘busy’ short session http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/5222365/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. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The federal government stifles industrial economic growth http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/5161458/The-federal-government-stifles-industrial-economic-growth If you're like me, you're fed up with the bad news, scandals and cover-ups continually coming out of Washington. From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using the “dog-ate-my-homework” excuse to duck responsibility, to the U.S. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Kids with BB guns need supervision http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/5159396/Kids-with-BB-guns-need-supervision Dear Editor;I write in reference to the article in the June 25 edition of The Anson Record, “Bill would let more kids use BB guns.” Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Sen. McLaurin shares news for the month of June http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/5097113/Sen.-McLaurin-shares-news-for-the-month-of-June Each day we are in session in the N.C. Senate, we begin with prayer. Daily prayer helps all of us to give thanks to God and focus on what's really important in our lives and in the lives of others. Recently, Tribal Elder Jerry Wolfe, of the... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST DoD should be audited — but not at expense of our troops http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/5087933/DoD-should-be-audited--but-not-at-expense-of-our-troops Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST What we learned last week http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/5047505/What-we-learned-last-week What was the lesson we were taught twice last week?Once by Dave Brat, the congressional candidate who defeated House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor? Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Small businesses are key to state’s economic development http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/5040366/Small-businesses-are-key-to-states-economic-development There has been a lot of discussion in recent months about economic development in North Carolina. It's a state priority, as well as one of my own, to support industries and small businesses that drive our economy and create jobs in our local... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Honoring those willing to give all http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/4954260/Honoring-those-willing-to-give-all Dear Editor, Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Sen. McLaurin shares news from Raleigh http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/4980770/Sen.-McLaurin-shares-news-from-Raleigh As we now move into the month of June and summer heats up, so have our committee schedules at the N.C. General Assembly. We are set to pass a balanced budget, hopefully by June 30, 2014. Mark Twain is often given credit for this quote “No... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST