Back to school and back to the legislature

As our schools are set to begin the new school year, students are both nervous and excited, parents are encouraging their children and helping them get ready, backpacks are filled with school supplies, teachers are getting classrooms and lesson plans prepared, as well as the many other things that are required for a new school year. Administrators are finalizing many details and last but not least support personnel are getting school facilities clean and in order. Everyone is full of anticipa...

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We should follow Churchill’s advice for dealing with ISIS

Winston Churchill once said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Over the past several months, the world has watched with great concern the events unfolding around the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The escalating tensions stemming from these events threaten to destabilize the world at large and serve as a chilling reminder that evil does indeed exist.

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Out of the shadows

The tragic death of Robin Williams last week has opened many people’s eyes to the plight of those who suffer with depression. It’s not merely something you can “get over” or “cheer up” or choose not to be. I saw a tweet that said asking someone why they’re depressed is like asking someone why they’re diabetic. And that is the truth. It̵...

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Bringing jobs back to N.C.

North Carolina’s businesses are a vital component of our national economy and must be afforded every opportunity to prosper, grow and create jobs. 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 communities. Now more than ever, our businesses and workers need real solutions to help create jobs, build a healthy economy, and provide more opportunity. Unfortunately, our small businesses an...

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A letter of thanks to town of Wadesboro

I would like to thank the Wadesboro Town Manager, Mr. Alex Sewell, and his maintenance staff for the quick response to the hazard on Reddington Street, Wadesboro. Your quick and efficient work done may very well save a life. I thank you all again, and if I can ever be of assistance to your department, I will give the same quick response. May God bless you all.Rev. Charles H. Ford Sr.Wadesboro...

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Rep. Brody shares news from Raleigh

Rep. Mark Brody shares some of the happenings in Raleigh over the past month.Short Session endsJuly was a busy month in Raleigh for Rep. Brody and his colleagues as they worked to wrap up the Legislative Short Session. One of the most important pieces of legislation that was passed in the short session was the $21.25 billion dollar budget.The budget will provide public school educators an average 7-percent raise— averaging $3,50...

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Economic help should come from within our district, not bureaucrats

The first week of August has come and gone, and many of you are soaking in the last few weeks of summer. As our families prepare for the start of a new school year, the last thing they need to worry about is a sluggish economy, dwindling paychecks and rising bills. But according to a recent Wall Street Journal survey, 60 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the state of our economy, and over 70 percent believe our nation is headed in the wrong direction.

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The finger as free speech

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following editorial was published in our sister publication, the Richmond County Daily Journal, and reprinted with permission.)The bird. The finger. The Bronx salute. It’s as old as ancient Rome, and over the centuries, the hand gesture hasn’t lost its peculiar power to offend.A sheriff’s deputy in Anson County was so ticked off over being flipped off that he left the scene of a homicide investigation to arres...

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Are things that bad?

Things are good!Sometimes, like the other day, I want to get up and shout it out.For instance, last week at a Rotary club meeting, Frank Hill, leader of The Institute for the Public Trust, was explaining his efforts to recruit and train public-spirited people to run for Congress and other political offices.In case you have not noticed, a lot of the kind of people drawn to politics in the past will not consider running for elective office today.Hill ...

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Delaying immigration reform puts more children at risk

August has officially begun, which means Congress is out of session and I get to spend some quality time working in North Carolina traveling the district to hear what’s on your mind. I know all of you are very concerned with the situation on our southern border. This humanitarian and national security crisis is a tragic result of this Administration’s failure to secure the border and enforce our nation’s laws.

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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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