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Hoggard: May the Special Olympics flame never leave Richmond County

Hoggard: May the Special Olympics flame never leave Richmond County

As I think back over my time as the Richmond County local coordinator for Special Olympics, I see a lit torch entering a stadium, parades of athletes, smiles on the faces… Read more »

Spradlin: Hamlet budget remains unbalanced

Spradlin: Hamlet budget remains unbalanced

Council continues to kick the can As a group, the Hamlet City Council agreed at its recent budget work session to leave the property tax rate alone, leave garbage fees… Read more »

Baptiste: Nonviolence for whom?

Baptiste: Nonviolence for whom?

Ferguson. New York. Baltimore. As cities erupt after decades of oppression and violence at the hands of police, calls for nonviolence can be deafening. “Violence isn’t the answer,” the moralists… Read more »

Hudson: Now’s the time for a pro-growth jobs plan

Hudson: Now’s the time for a pro-growth jobs plan

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… Read more »

Burns: Two letters from Boston

Burns: Two letters from Boston

Letters 150 years apart show different values      I see two hands writing letters. One is the refined hand of a young lady, writing with beautiful script and eloquence of… Read more »

Richardson: Drink outside the box

Richardson: Drink outside the box

I recently checked out an upscale yoga studio here in Madison, Wisconsin and discovered a new and disturbing trend: boxed water. Boxed water? OK, I’ve heard of boxed wine — and… Read more »

Cordato: Targeted corporate incentives harm NC’s growth

Cordato: Targeted corporate incentives harm NC’s growth

North Carolina lawmakers would harm, not help, the state’s economic growth if they extend and expand corporate tax incentive programs. That’s the key conclusion from a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight… Read more »

Martin: Bad news for politicians — and the rest of us, too

Martin: 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. In the… Read more »

Shertzer: Each patient leaves an indelible mark

Shertzer: Each patient leaves an indelible mark

The other day, I was at the grocery store, browsing through the produce, when I heard a voice say, “Excuse me.” I turned to see a woman standing there. “Do… Read more »

Fitzsimon File: Monday numbers

Fitzsimon File: Monday numbers

5—number of days since Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed legislation that expanded Medicaid in his state (“Montana Gov signs Medicaid expansion into law,” Associated Press, April 29, 2015) 30—number of states,… Read more »

Kaul: The Baltimore uprising’s backstory

Kaul: The Baltimore uprising’s backstory

What started out as righteous protest over the death of a young black man in the hands of Baltimore cops (he had been accused of “making eye contact with a… Read more »

Hudson: Another week, more good news, bad news

Hudson: Another week, more good news, bad news

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… Read more »

Pastor Hill: The life that is now

Pastor Hill: The life that is now

1 Timothy 4:8, For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come…. Read more »

Goodman: Legislative session nears midway point

Goodman: Legislative session nears midway point

Assuming the two chambers of the General Assembly can get a quick agreement on the budget, we should be near the midpoint of our session.  For the past two weeks… Read more »

Spradlin: This is why I work

Spradlin: This is why I work

* Photo gallery When The Pee Dee Post launched a year and two days ago, I had to promise myself not to get caught up in trying to cover everything…. Read more »

Stoops: The next wave of low-information voters is on the way

Stoops: The next wave of low-information voters is on the way

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a project of the U.S. Department of Education, administers U.S. history, geography, and civics assessments once every four years.  In 2014, a representative… Read more »

Martin: Thompson’s ‘Border Odyssey’ details U.S., Mexican boundary

Martin: Thompson’s ‘Border Odyssey’ details U.S., Mexican boundary

What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina? A North Carolina author delivers pages of answers in a book about his… Read more »

Curry, Konieczny: State park system could easily be self-sustaining

Curry, Konieczny: State park system could easily be self-sustaining

North Carolina’s State Park System is made up of 34 state parks, four state recreation areas, and three state natural areas that cost state government $50.8 million last fiscal year…. Read more »

Kendrick: Why responsible gun owners should ditch the NRA

Kendrick: Why responsible gun owners should ditch the NRA

I couldn’t find a hotel room in Nashville when I visited for my brother’s wedding. Maybe that was for the best. I had a longer commute to the clearing in… Read more »

Richardson: Going to my first Southern 500

Richardson: Going to my first Southern 500

I had taken a liking to NASCAR Racing in 1952 when I listen to the 1952 Daytona race when it was run on the old Beach Crouse. Then in 1953… Read more »

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