Smith puts on a show, but not likely to help

If red-faced indignation inspired by exasperation over the pace with which the Public Schools of Robeson County is struggling to its feet following Hu...

March 16th, 2017 |  


Yes, keep politics off bench

Yes, keep politics off bench

Call it a case of a good headline for the wrong column.A recent issue of Raleigh’s News & Observer featured an opinion-page piece titled ...

March 14th, 2017 |  


Sowell asked right questions

Sowell asked right questions

Economist and N.C. native Thomas Sowell’s recent decision to end his syndicated newspaper column at age 86 has prompted this observer to revisit...

February 2nd, 2017 |  


Phil, Sir Walter Wally make their predictions today

As this is being written on Wednesday afternoon, Robeson County is basking in the sun, enjoying 70-degree temperatures on a winter day wearing summer ...

February 2nd, 2017 |  


Leave road work to states

RALEIGH — With all the furor and protests accompanying the launch of the Donald Trump administration, you might assume there’s little room...

February 1st, 2017 |  


Options exist for those who lost homes to Matthew

After the floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew had retreated, one of the things that quickly came into focus was that the new Robeson County would be mu...

February 1st, 2017 |  


Retired school teacher says just say no to Betsy DeVos

To the Editor,As a retired public school teacher, I have concerns about Secretary of Education nominee, Betsy DeVos. About 90 percent of America’...

January 31st, 2017 |  


US in a three-front war

US in a three-front war

Robeson County appeared in Politico Magazine as one of nine places in the nation that mattered last election. These were large counties Clinton was ex...

January 31st, 2017 |  


NC ends 2016 on high note

NC ends 2016 on high note

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s labor market ended 2016 on a strong note. Total employment in the state hit 4,360,200 jobs in December, up 2 pe...

January 30th, 2017 |  


School board needs to unite, conduct a real search

A key component of any compromise is that each side can try to spin it as a win, and that was the case on Thursday as the fractured Board of Education...

January 28th, 2017 |