Anson Record- RSS OPINION Feed http://ansonrecord.com/section/OPINION http://ansonrecord.com/section/OPINION Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:14:07 EST 1800 Tax code is too confusing — and costly http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153023574/Tax-code-is-too-confusing--and-costly Last week was a stressful one for many of us as we stared down the daunting tax code to file our taxes by Wednesday's deadline. To say our tax code is a mess is an understatement. At 4 million words — which is 3,998,800 more than the King... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:06:52 EST Is the Civil War over? http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153027618/Is-the-Civil-War-over One hundred and fifty years later, is the Civil War finally over? Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:56:54 EST The Story of the Little Hummingbird http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153029574/The-Story-of-the-Little-Hummingbird The Lord's creations never cease to amaze me, especially in the spring. One night last week I heard the lonesome sound of a Whip-poor-will off in the distance, while frogs croaked all though the swamps. The springtime brings back beautiful birds... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:56:53 EST The worst proposals thus far in the 2015 legislative session http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152891985/The-worst-proposals-thus-far-in-the-2015-legislative-session North Carolina lawmakers treated themselves and everyone else to a spring break this week. Committee meetings and floor votes were suspended and most lawmakers stayed away from the capital city. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:11:53 EST President needs to be tougher on terrorism http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152890746/President-needs-to-be-tougher-on-terrorism At a time when barbaric terrorists like ISIS and murderous regimes like Iran wreak havoc throughout the Middle East and threaten global security, America owes it to our allies and our citizens to lead. Unfortunately, President Obama and his... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:11:51 EST Race and basketball, a transformative moment in 1944 http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152774128/Race-and-basketball-a-transformative-moment-in-1944 If you just want to read about the incredible basketball game described by Scott Ellsworth in “The Secret Game, A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball's Lost Triumph,” you can skip the first 250 pages. Then you can read... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 10:36:53 EST Be ready when accidents happen http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152730179/Be-ready-when-accidents-happen On your growing list of things to do this week, dealing with a sudden illness or a medical emergency of a loved one is probably not part of it. But folks get sick and accidents happen. Here in North Carolina, we're blessed to have some of the... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 10:36:52 EST What’s the value of your land? http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/152603106/Whats-the-value-of-your-land What is the tax value in your land? Should adjoining land be the same value if the land is farmland or woodland? I asked several people those questions. No one knew the tax value on their land per acre. People thought the land value should be about... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:36:56 EST A telling admission in the local sales tax debate http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152645220/A-telling-admission-in-the-local-sales-tax-debate One of the most interesting debates of this General Assembly session is about a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown to redistribute local sales tax revenue among counties by increasing the share allocated to rural areas and decreasing how... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:36:53 EST Madness will extend beyond March in Washington http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152637254/Madness-will-extend-beyond-March-in-Washington March Madness is quickly coming to an end, and at this point, your basketball bracket might be either busted or barely hanging on. Whether we're N.C. State, UNC or Duke fans, we can all agree that North Carolina's teams have had a good run... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:36:51 EST Tips to keep our children safe http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152521233/Tips-to-keep-our-children-safe With springtime here and summer close, children are starting to spend time outdoors enjoying the warmer weather. With school out in the summertime, some children are even left home while parents work. Here are a few tips for you and your children to... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:16:54 EST Latest EPA regulations overstep bounds http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152480047/Latest-EPA-regulations-overstep-bounds All across the country last week, we joined together to celebrate National Agriculture Day and recognize the tremendous impact America's agriculture community has on our daily lives. From the fields to our kitchen tables, to the clothes we wear... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:16:53 EST A lack of respect from CSX http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/152515512/A-lack-of-respect-from-CSX The citizens living in the Lilesville community behind Hatcher's Park was held hostage by CSX Transportation Rail train on Friday for over 12 hours. The train blocked the crossing on Cowan Street for over 12 hours, preventing the citizens on the... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:16:52 EST My trip to Norlina http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152506818/My-trip-to-Norlina Come on and go to Norlina with me!Before you ask where Norlina is, and why should you want to go there, let me explain. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:16:51 EST Everyone should pay their county taxes http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/152380377/Everyone-should-pay-their-county-taxes I am on my soapbox today! I have just finished looking at and counting 10 pages (front and back) of names listed for unpaid taxes. No wonder our county has no money for anything. I wish I had the time to add up just how many thousands and maybe even a... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:46:57 EST Rep. Brody shares updates on state legislature http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152336455/Rep.-Brody-shares-updates-on-state-legislature Raleigh News Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:46:53 EST Opportunities abound for youth in 8th District http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152380656/Opportunities-abound-for-youth-in-8th-District When I'm in Washington, I work to advance policies that will boost our economy, reduce our debt, and bring jobs home to North Carolina. As soon as I finish attending committee hearings and voting, I make it a priority to return home to our... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:46:51 EST Enforcement-only policy means higher food prices http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152251851/Enforcement-only-policy-means-higher-food-prices A policy that could force food prices to rise as much as 6 percent should never be put on the table. As a nation, we expect better. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:36:54 EST What makes Obama’s actions ‘unprecedented’? http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/152200213/What-makes-Obamas-actions-unprecedented Are Obama's Executive Actions “unprecedented” as Representative Hudson so enthusiastically declares in The Anson Record in March 2015? Or is Mr Hudson simply playing out his part in the Republican plan to dismiss the will of... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:36:53 EST Netanyahu’s message is a timely one http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152251645/Netanyahus-message-is-a-timely-one Last week, I was honored to welcome Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to a joint meeting of Congress. As the Prime Minister entered the U.S. House chamber to deliver his speech, he received a warm bipartisan welcome. It was an incredible moment to... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:36:51 EST