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Way more than 2 cents worth GC.....one of many things that cannot be purchased with money.

Many Thanks to all who gave for my freedom!


Added: November 12, 2014
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Veterans Day weekend happenings. In attendance on Friday at school where our daughter is Principal and second youngest grandson is student. Good to talk with students about my Vietnam experiences, amazing to see their interest. At church Sunday recognized all veterans past and present and the HEROES of veterans, the folks who stayed behind and prayed and worked. Learned of a great veteran, Mr. Larry Hammond, receiving the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Read of all the Veterans Day happenings on BOL. Hugged a Veteran and told him I loved him and appreciated his service to our nation and the freedom loving people of the world. Was given a Veitnam veteran cap by who else, a Veitnam veteran. Ate a free meal given to all veterans at this particular restaurant. At end of day, thanked God for the only two people in history who have died for the freedoms enjoyed by all humanity; Jesus Christ the Son of God and the veterans of freedom loving nations around the world. All in all, a very good five day stretch of time. At the end of the day it was nice to pillow my head knowing our service men and women were on duty. God continue to bless the United States of America. And that's my two cents worth.

Added: November 12, 2014
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Congratulation to Larry Hammond on receiving the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Outstanding accomplishment by an outstanding individual. Thank God for our veterans. Know who the heroes of veterans are? Those who stayed at home and worked and prayed for those who went. "To God be the glory, great things He has done."

Added: November 11, 2014
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On or about 10/11/14, the crime figures were released for 2013. The report was on BladenOnline. The crime rate in Bladen County was the lowest it had been since 1996. BC saw its overall crime rate drop by 18.1%: violent crime dropped by 27%: property crime dropped by 17%. Columbus County's crime rate INCREASED and Cumberland County had a decrease of only 8.7%. Robeson County decreased by only 3.4%. How do we honor our county employees who have obviously been doing the job they were hired and/or elected to do? Based on the comments made on this forum, we vote with prejudice because of things which we may not fully understand and try to take things into our own hands to right what we perceive to be wrongs. In any corporate setting, employees doing the job which our county's sheriff department has been doing would be applauded for a job well done. Hopefully the new sheriff will realize there is a highly competent operation in place.

Added: November 10, 2014
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Didn't Former Sheriff Steve Bunn retire, not resign? As long as I can remember the new incoming sheriff has made personnel changes to the department and I feel sure this one will do the same. I hope the confidence expressed on the previous post turns out to be deserved.

Added: November 7, 2014
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Four years ago, if the resigning sheriff (Steve Bunn) nor newly elected sheriff (Prentis Benston) did not cause the deputies not to be sworn in; then that sort of whittles down the list of people who were responsible for it to about two people. One thing is for sure, it was and still is a blight against the sheriff's office of Bladen county. We lost several well trained and highly qualified deputies in that fiasco. And another shameful thing about it was that the voters of Mother Bladen were never to this day given an explanation of what went on other than "deputies work at the pleasure of the sheriff". That may be one of the reasons this election turned out the way it did.

But now that the shoe is on the other foot, all of a sudden folks want the newly elected sheriff (Jim McVicker) to do things differently! From what I know about him, he will surround himself with the best qualified deputies and obviously those who give allegiance to him and his administration. AND, he will speak for himself and our sheriff's office. Jim, know you will make us proud. And that's my "two cents" worth.


Added: November 7, 2014
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Jonathan Falwell, Paster of Thomas Road Church In Lynchburg Va. will be at Northside Church tonight.7;00pm food at 5-6pm music 6-7. All church invited.

Added: November 6, 2014
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I always vote too, Mr. Butler. My father believed that it was a citizen's duty to vote and to pay taxes, but he never complained about the voting part!

I too vote for whom I think is the best candidate, and I voted for candidates of both parties during this election. However, I am registered as a democrat because that is the party most aligned with things that are the most important to me, specifically protecting the environment, education, and the underprivileged.

I certainly understand that other people choose to register as republican because they have different priorities and things they consider important, or register as independent because they don't feel aligned with either party. I respect everyone's right to vote as they think best, and understand that we have a difference in opinions and beliefs.

What I don't understand is the need to name-call, bully, and disrespect others because of political differences. Comments that insinuate that being of a different political party means you are not smart enough are simply insults meant to degrade another human being. Personally, there are very few things in life that I am absolutely certain I have ALL the answers to, and even less that I think anyone else on earth does.

One of the greatest pieces of advice I have ever heard was given by a man that I greatly admire, Reverend Billy Graham. He said that before you say anything, ask yourself three questions- 1. Is it true? 2. Is it kind? 3. Is it necessary to say it? He went on to say that if the answer to any of the three was no, don't say it!

Regardless of opinions about the president and politics, what does it say about us as humans and as Christians when we disrespect and mistreat each other and celebrate another person's loss as a victory of some kind?


Added: November 6, 2014
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GC, Momma and Daddy always stressed that Voting was a very important privelidge and to forget party affiliation and Vote for the Best Candidate. I Voted for one Republican this time even though the seat was non-partisan. I Proudly Voted for Judge Ola Lewis for the NC Supreme Court Chief Justice seat as did most Bladenites, She got almost 40 % of Mecklenburg's votes without a single TV ad. She got half a Million Votes in NC without one TV ad. I do believe that the Democratic party has the Middle Class and Poor in mind more than the Pubs.. I feel like I Won even though Most of My Votes didn't end up in the Winners column ! :)

Added: November 6, 2014
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Bill, was hoping what happened in yesterdays election would have you deciding which party to switch to Republican or Independent. Looks like you really are a die hard Dem. Really sad, because you are a better man than that. Two years from now when we have a Republican President and both houses of Congress under the control of Republicans, maybe something can get done in Washington.

President Obama looked like a whipped man in his news conference today; looked like he needed a shot of Kentucky bourbon which he didn't think too much of not too long ago.

Personally, I think you would make a great Independent voter. You did notice that an Independent helped Thom Tillis take the Senate seat from Kay Hagen, didn't you?


Added: November 5, 2014
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