Anson Record- RSS OPINION Feed http://ansonrecord.com/section/OPINION http://ansonrecord.com/section/OPINION Thu, 28 May 2015 08:24:47 EST 1800 Higher energy costs will put unfair burden on North Carolina families http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153621005/Higher-energy-costs-will-put-unfair-burden-on-North-Carolina-families As the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), I frequently travel throughout the U.S. And in my journeys, I'm quite often struck by the fact that so many families are struggling to find financial security. I find it... Wed, 27 May 2015 08:11:53 EST Why Wadesboro is a great place to live http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153668518/Why-Wadesboro-is-a-great-place-to-live If you are a Wadesboro local, you already know the joys of living here. There are lots of reasons why those looking to relocate should consider this Anson County location:Local Money — According to AreaVibes, the cost of living in... Wed, 27 May 2015 08:06:51 EST Patriotism and pride http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153660699/Patriotism-and-pride Patriotism. It's one of many feelings I get when I see an American flag. More than just stitches and dye on a piece of fabric, the American flag stands for liberty, freedom and pride. It represents the history of our nation and soars as a symbol... Wed, 27 May 2015 08:01:52 EST Historian Leuchtenburg on Hillary Clinton’s challenges http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153560516/Historian-Leuchtenburg-on-Hillary-Clintons-challenges Is it too early to start putting the 2016 presidential election in historical perspective?Maybe. Wed, 20 May 2015 09:51:54 EST Little Rattler (The best snake dog in two counties) http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153561517/Little-Rattler-(The-best-snake-dog-in-two-counties) When I was 10 years old my great uncle gave me a little mixed hound puppy. The mama of this pup was a fine black and tan hound, while the daddy was just a mixed up fiest named Ol' Rattler. Uncle L.D. said the only reason he kept Rattler around... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:51:53 EST Defense is one of Congress’s most important responsibilities http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153560041/Defense-is-one-of-Congresss-most-important-responsibilities One of Congress' most important constitutional duties, and a responsibility I take very seriously, is to provide for the common defense. These past few years alone have taught us we face barbaric terrorists like ISIS and murderous regimes like... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:51:51 EST Tri-county law enforcement support http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/153369344/Tri-county-law-enforcement-support In the wake of so much attention being drawn to law enforcement officers for so much wrongdoing through every social media available, I thought it was only fitting to expose some good things they do. On April 18, 2015, my church, the Church of God of... Wed, 13 May 2015 10:16:54 EST Small businesses are lifeblood of economy http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153389003/Small-businesses-are-lifeblood-of-economy Last week was National Small Business Week, a time when the nation joins together to celebrate and thank our small businesses. I'm a big fan of this observance because it puts the focus where it should be — on our innovators, workers,... Wed, 13 May 2015 10:16:52 EST Stick with fiscal discipline http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153419151/Stick-with-fiscal-discipline RALEIGH — As you may have heard, there is good news out of the state capital: General Fund revenue is now projected to grow significantly faster than originally thought. The bad news, however, is that within minutes of this announcement, the... Wed, 13 May 2015 10:16:51 EST Bad news for politicians — and the rest of us, too http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153293329/Bad-news-for-politicians--and-the-rest-of-us-too I have some bad news for North Carolina politicians.Some of your best friends are dying.It is not people that I am thinking about.It is restaurants. Wed, 6 May 2015 16:06:53 EST Thank teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/153295306/Thank-teachers-during-Teacher-Appreciation-Week How many people remember favorite teachers from elementary school? What about from junior high or middle school? From high school or even from the community college or college or university you attended? While serving as a mayor and a state senator, I... Wed, 6 May 2015 16:06:52 EST Controlled spending will move economy forward http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153251496/Controlled-spending-will-move-economy-forward I have good news and I have bad news. Personally, I like to hear the good news first because it gives me something to hold onto as I brace for the bad, so let's start there. The good news is every week I've spent in Washington, I've... Wed, 6 May 2015 16:06:51 EST An open letter to our legislators http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/153099702/An-open-letter-to-our-legislators A position doesn't make a person, a person makes the position. We ask that you not wear labels other politicians give you. Rather that you label yourself as our representative. Bound by your position to protect and serve your constituents. Not... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:16:56 EST More energy will lead to more jobs http://ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/153154347/More-energy-will-lead-to-more-jobs Carpe diem. Latin for “seize the day,” this phrase is used by many to encourage folks to make the most out of every opportunity. I'm a strong believer in taking full advantage of opportunities that arise. In Congress, I'm also... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:16:55 EST Check your phone bills http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/153153729/Check-your-phone-bills Once again, I urge all telephone customers to check their bills each month. Every month this year I've called Windstream due to an error on my bill. The same error has occurred each month even though employees and managers assured me the proper... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:16:54 EST Reader seeks info on Pratt family http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/153153536/Reader-seeks-info-on-Pratt-family I am doing genealogy research on the Pratts that lived in your area and the Pee Dee River area of your state. I would like very much if there are others doing genealogy research on this family to please contact me. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:16:53 EST Anson’s hospital: a shining jewel in county’s crown http://ansonrecord.com/news/letters/153127726/Ansons-hospital:-a-shining-jewel-in-countys-crown My name is Scott Clontz. I'm manager of the local office of NCWorks Career Center- Anson (formerly the Employment Security Commission). Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:16:51 EST 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