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Today's Opinions

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    The fourth week of the short session started with a flurry of bills being considered in committees. Then some of them moved quickly to the House floor for debate and votes. On June 3, our House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation reviewed the governor’s budget adjustments for the 2014-15 fiscal year, as well as the Senate’s budget adjustments.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    With all the excitement from last week’s budget unveiling, we were thankful to have a calmer environment here on Jones Street.

    Items on the agenda

    We dealt extensively with the public/private partnership with the Department of Commerce to ensure economic development throughout the state and our region. An important part of this bill was the new film grant program that aligns with our industrial grant programs.

  • You never stop being daddy’s little girl

    Just as I wasn’t able to spend Mother’s Day this year with my mom, I won’t be able to spend Father’s Day with my dad, either. It’ll be because he and Mom will be back in Cleveland for Dad’s 50th high school reunion, where I know he’ll be the life of the party.

  • Being at the right place at the right time

    My Memorial Day was almost marked for disaster. After paying my respects to those who are serving and have served in our armed forces (we cannot thank them enough), I decided to trek down to Sunset Beach to take photos for the paper and try to relax for a few hours.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

     

    We have had yet another eventful week at the General Assembly, updates to the 2014 budget proposal, teacher pay raises, energy exploration and regulatory reform.

     

    2014 Senate budget proposal

  • ‘Mad’ about Rabon excuses

    To the editor:

    In 2013, BladenOnline.com reported that Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognized state Sen. Bill Rabon for leadership within North Carolina to stop drunk driving. He was thanked for his dedication and commitment to advance MADD’s mission in this state.

  • Misguided lament

    To the editor:

    In response to Walter A. Carolus’ May 29 letter: I attended public schools until 1949. In the fifth grade, I was sent to Catholic schools through 12th grade. In those days, Protestants supported separation of church and state, so my parents paid local school taxes and tuition. The separation was so strict, I was not allowed to ride the public school bus to the local public school a block from my school.

  • Name-change police go too far

    To the editor:

    Common sense is dead. With all that is going on in this country, our Senate is involving itself in a controversy that is absolutely none of their business.

    It is claimed that the name “Redskins” offends many Native Americans. I am sure that some are offended. The “politically correct” police are calling for change but are not suggesting many replacements. I don’t think the Washington “Indigenous Americans” is going to make the cut.