Latest Articles

As a first time grandpa, I have no experience on how to perform the role, so naturally I went back into the picture archive and searched for some help.
An amendment to replace the States' influence in the federal government since the 17th Amendment was adopted.
There are poems about The Children's Hour and thousands of sundown photos.
In 2001, the voters in Mississippi decided the keep the stars and bars on their flag.
This is the thirteenth of a less new series of images from across North Carolina from my travels, and from the long intervals that I have spent with my camera making a record of where I have been.
This is the fourteenth of a less new series of images from across North Carolina from my travels, and from the long intervals that I have spent with my camera making a record of where I have been.
With the economic collapse of the last decade brought on largely due to the bursting of the housing bubble, does anybody still think it a good idea for government to encourage investments in "underserved" populations
The N&O issued a tearful goodbye this morning to the "education judge." SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEECH! (The what?):
I've been missing Jesse Helms. I got to watch the man up close for nearly two years in DC.
The newly-elected chair and vice chair hosted a Town Hall event last night in Beaufort County to address voters' questions, concerns, and criticisms.
Freedom plays a critical role in boosting economic growth and personal income, including the incomes of the poorest members of society
In recent weeks, conservative legal scholar Kurt Lash and libertarian legal scholar Damon Root have treated readers to a lively online debate about how best to interpret Section 1 of the 14th Amendment, which reads

HbAD0

Government

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

School choice advocates laud 4-3 majority ruling
RALEIGH The N.C. Supreme Court gave a boost to school choice efforts on Thursday by declaring that the state's fledgling Opportunity Scholarships Program met constitutional muster.

The court reversed a lower court opinion that found the Opportunity Scholarships Program, also known as private school vouchers, unconstitutional.

The state's highest court was split, with its four Republicans voting to reverse an August 2014 ruling by Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood. The high court's three Democrats wanted to uphold Hobgood's decision.

Supporters of the scholarship program hailed the ruling as a victory for school choice and for students who are failing in public schools. Opponents said the ruling is... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. — The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments to the Governor's Working Group on Veterans, Service Members and their Families.

The working group's goal is to develop interagency solutions to make North Carolina a more veteran kindly state. The board will achieve that goal by facilitating a heightened level of collaboration and coordination within the system of care to meet the needs of veterans, service members and their families.

Cornell A. Wilson (Mecklenburg County)Florence Stein (Wake County)Ilario G. Pantano (New Hanover County)William H. Collins (Wake County)Cheryl J. Rawls (Forsyth County)Randy Marsh (Wake County)Annette Stevenson (Wake County)Scott Dorney (Cumberland County)Stuart C. Ruffin (Wake County)Dr. Beth Barton (Onslow County)The Honorable Ronald E. Bogle (Orange County)Kimrey Rhinehardt (Chatham County)... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

An amendment to replace the States' influence in the federal government since the 17th Amendment was adopted.
"...If no remedy of the abuse be practicable under the forms of the Constitution, I should prefer a resort to the Nation for an amendment of the Tribunal itself." --- James Madison, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1832

AMENDMENT PROPOSAL:

Diane Rufino Whereas, "The Creator has made the earth for the living, not for the dead. Rights and powers can only belong to persons, not to things." (Thomas Jefferson). Rights and powers do not originate or belong to a government, unless that power is exercised for the People - on behalf of them - and NOT against them;

Whereas, the several States, by a compact under the style and title "Constitution for the United States," and of amendments thereto, voluntarily constituted a general government for special common purposes;

Where... (read more)
Publisher's note: This post, by Brian Balfour, was originally published in the Bad Bill of the Week, Budget & Taxes sections of Civitas's online edition.

With the economic collapse of the last decade brought on largely due to the bursting of the housing bubble, does anybody still think it a good idea for government to encourage investments in "underserved" populations - investments that wouldn't otherwise be made without political pressure or incentives?

Apparently, several North Carolina legislators think so.

For this final installment of the Bad Bill of the Week series in 2015, we spotlight House Bill 305, New Market Jobs Act and Jumpstart our Startup Businesses Act.

Sponsored by Reps. Rodney Moore (D-Mecklenburg), Edward Haynes (D-Forsyth), Charles Graham (D-Robeson) and Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover), this bill re-introduces an idea that was previously dubbed a Bad Bill in 20... (read more)

HbAD1

Community

News Release:

Sheriff Ernie Coleman and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is proud to partner with Kingdom Builders. Kingdom Builders is a local street ministry that has been handing out sleeping bags to people in need for the past year. A total of 20 sleeping bags have been given out since the program started.

Most of the effort has been in and around Washington but Kingdom Builders would like to reach more of Beaufort County. Dr. Frank Sheldon, representing Kingdom Builders met with Sheriff Ernie Coleman and Chief Deputy Charlie Rose. During the meeting it was decided that Kingdom Builders would provide sleeping bags to the Sheriff's Office. Patrol Deputies will keep a sleeping bag in their patrol vehicle and will give the sleeping bags to those that are in need, whether they are homeless or because of other circumstances. The sleeping bags will be replaced once given ou... (read more)

Business

Some blame it on the sever Winter in the Northeast, but much of the United states had a very temperate winter.

The United States economy expanded at .2% for the first quarter, 2015, which is better than zero expansion in GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which is better than negative expansion, but not an economy that anyone should be proud of; certainly not the Obama Administration. With the Obama foreign policy in tatters since his 2009 Apology Tour, the Obama administration has long pointed to its major successes of government managed health care, ObamaCare, and income redistribution, and an improving economy propped by the Federal Reserve and massive government spending. Now it appears, at first blush, that the American economy could have a tough year in 2015.

The United States economy grew at a rate of 2.4 percent for all of 2014, which is virtually the base rate to stay at even, a... (read more)

HbAD2

The Region

News Release:
Washington, N.C. — Each year, dozens of students at Beaufort County Community College benefit from scholarships offered by the BCCC Foundation, but it does much more.

Founded in 1984, the Foundation has raised money and provided support for the college in achieving its educational and workforce development goals for more than 30 years. It is a non-profit charitable organization that is separate from the college and has its own Board of Directors comprised of civic and business leaders from throughout BCCC's service area.

"A lot of people think we're only here to provide scholarships, and that's not the case," says Bill Wall, a member of the BCCC Foundation Board.

The Foundation also supports the college by helping fund institutional programs, faculty and staff development, and facility improvements. Thanks to a recent fundraising campaign, BCCC's campus wil... (read more)

The Arts

My grandson was one week and one day old yesterday so we planned a trip to visit him. My son and his wife live about sixty miles from us.As a first time grandpa, I have no experience on how to perform the role, so naturally I went back into the picture archive and searched for some help. My Dad did not wear shorts because he said that if he was going to spend good money for clothes he damn sure wanted did not want them to leave off half the material.

1980 Grandpa and Bobby Tony

2015 Bobby Tony takes the cue from his dad

I was advised by the boss that if I insisted on wearing this we would be making one trip but in two cars.

I changed clothes with a simple "YES DEAR"!... (read more)
photo by Stan Deatherage Click image to expand.
There are poems about The Children's Hour and thousands of sundown photos. Sunrises are not relaxing; the day will be too busy. Now is the perfect time to think about nothing as only guys can do.

I will stop writing now and drink my wine from a Dixie cup and eat my blue cheese crumbles.

Children's Hour
Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations,
That is known as the Children's Hour.

I hear in the chamber above me
The patter of little feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
And voices soft and sweet.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a while back

Poems: so inspired by Ted's work here
The Collection
Sitting upon these rails of child's wonder - true and bold,
Legs dangling, tar stained and thin, in the Summer's blaze;
And gazed upon the swirling Crabs, blue and cr... (read more)

HbAD3

Living

This is the thirteenth of a less new series of images from across North Carolina from my travels, and from the long intervals that I have spent with my camera making a record of where I have been. The idea of these photos emerged from a process that I recently began on my Facebook personal page, where I uploaded random photos, all from North Carolina only, and I have stored for a future possible rotation. Upon looking at the random images, I thought, this could work for BCN in multiple, one page formats, where I cut the images to 1280 pixels wide, arrayed in a wide viewed 'fancybox' series, where there is a title of explanation, and maybe a bit more, but mainly, the photo should speak rather than my words. In fact, I plan to put my words on hold for a bit here, which will be to the fine relief of a great many.

Each series will be random and varied; however, most will center from her... (read more)

Announcements

Press Release:

This Saturday, June 23, 2012, there will be a PraiseFest event on Washington's Waterfront from from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.

See the image below for all of the details:... (read more)

HbAD4
Top