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Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/30/2017 at 12:27 pm:
I can't hardly keep up with all of the traffic on this site. Oh, that's right, there is none. What ever happened to opinions and feedback? Is it because the guestbook is a completely useless forum for presenting opinions and views? If you read the opinions on this site, what's your problem? Are you brain dead, don't you have an opinion on anything? Are you afraid to put your name on anything? Keep it up and one day you might just loose the freedom you currently have, that being your freedom of speech.

Question: Does anyone out there give a damn that the North Carolina legislature is going to or has already repealed HB2? That's the bill which gives voyeurs the right to use a bathroom or shower of the opposite sex. If the Republican side of the legislature gave up and caved in to all the threats from the NCAA and other organizations, the next time you have to use a public bathroom, you just might see a man or woman in there watching you do your business. If they repealed the law, it's because of people like you that just sat on their hind end and let the world pass them by. If it was repealed, GOD help us and I truly pity you democrats. Very sick people if you allow this to go forward. Very sick.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/28/2017 at 9:33 am:
Tidbits to consider:
When I need a good laugh, I simply listen to a DEMOCRAT.
Why spend your hard earned dollars in town when you can take a short drive and save money?
Why were the privileged in this town given an exemption from serving this country during the Vietnam and in every war since?
Why is it that women earn less money for doing the same job but have to spend more of what they earn for things such as having their hair done and having their clothes altered?
Why do parents ask their children if they want to go to church instead of telling them to get dressed?
Why do parents allow their children to play with their electronic games for hours on end instead of encouraging them to go outside and play?
Why do we allow our politicians to do as they please instead of doing what "we the people" want them to do?
Why do our citizens sit idly by while "STUPID" is allowed to rule?
You kids of all ages. If you can read, ask your privileged father what he did during the war. Chances are, he was hiding under a rock.
Immigrants have always been welcomed in this country, but not as wards of the state and not as illegals.
Why can't our politicians put country first instead of a particular party?
Why don't the town leaders allow Wal-Mart to build a supercenter in or near town?
Where's the industry that would keep more of the graduating seniors in our community?
What are some of your "tidbits" that might cause us to exercise our minds and think?
Neil King Neil King from Dublin wrote on 03/23/2017 at 10:06 am:
Michael, it's not a 4-way Stop. It's a round-about. A circle with yield signs. They have been used for years in the EU and are very efficient at keeping traffic moving. One that i think of right off and use often is near Clinton High School. Another large one near Pinehurst.
Michael McDaniel Michael McDaniel from Dublin wrote on 03/22/2017 at 1:19 pm:
Putting a four way stop at the intersection of 410 and 41 is the stupidest idea I have ever heard of! I don't mind the idea of changing the intersection, but there are going to be a lot of wrecks with a four way stop I imagine. Think at least one of our elected leaders should contact DOT and tell them how stupid (and unsafe) that a four way stop is going to be.
Gary White Gary White from Bladenboro wrote on 03/21/2017 at 9:42 pm:
G & P Lawn Care, quality work free estimates call 910-876-1202, we welcome any size yard.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/15/2017 at 9:31 pm:
It's Wednesday evening and PRAYER MEETING rules. Another opportunity missed by those who did no attend. Starting March 20 thru March 24 REVIVAL SERVICES will be held at Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist 5 miles out of Bladenboro and 7 miles out of Elizabethtown off of Hwy 242. A little singing and a whole lot of good ole time preaching of the WORD OF GOD. Rev. Dr. Bobby Carden will be the evangelist. Pastor Rev. James Howard Nobles and the congregation invite everyone to attend. Time is 7:30 each evening.
Mike Kinlaw Mike Kinlaw from Bladenboro wrote on 03/11/2017 at 9:24 am:
Bladenboro Middle School athletic department is looking for sponsors. Sponsorships are considered a charitable donation and are tax deductible. The school is looking for sponsors to help purchase new uniforms for the BMS football, soccer, basketball and softball teams that are in great need of new uniforms. It is very costly to purchase new uniforms for all of these programs. Any amount will be accepted. If you are interested in donating please call Bladenboro Middle School at 863-3232 and ask for Nicole Kinlaw. You can also mail your donation to 910 S. Main Street Bladenboro. Checks should be made payable to Bladenboro Middle School Athletic Dept.
Sharon H Anderson Sharon H Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 03/08/2017 at 6:28 pm:
Simply wanted to clarify. West Bladen's Honor Roll is done student by student, by hand. The mistake made for the 2nd Quarter was just a human error on my part. We do not use Powerschool to calculate honor roll since it averages the grades and the Bladen County Board of Education approved criteria is not an average. We have almost 800 students and a slightly different view of things with 4 class periods of attendance each day, BCC and NCVPS classes that only report semester grades, etc. We all work together, but sometimes mistakes do happen. I am happy to report that the problem was rectified and both parents and students were pleased. Prayerfully this will not happen again, but thanks to our school community who is understanding and patient with us when something like this does happen. Thanks also to Bladen Online for helping us get it right!!!
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/08/2017 at 10:43 am:
Welcome back to Mr. Jackson here on the Guestbook. Continue to keep us informed. Gas over in Dublin at Inman's IGA was still $216 per gallon at last check. There is a local outlet in Elizabethtown that advertises "if the customer uses 'their' card" then gas can be purchased for $209 per gallon. If one doesn't use "their" card then it is $219 per gallon. From this it certainly appears this outlet "could" be selling their gas to everyone at $209 per gallon and hence they would start getting most of the gas business in E-town or a least help bring down the cost of gas. If not, I certainly urge everyone to pay their gas money to the Inman's over in Dublin; then at least we can "say" we are contributing to the economy of the biggest town in the world, for after all it is "Dublin" all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/05/2017 at 11:00 pm:
Alright. Let's see if the following can get some thoughtful input from somebody out there who remains a free thinker.
When I was allowed to write letters to the Bladen Journal, I made several comments about those stupid snow flakes the town puts up every Christmas. As it turns out, they won't be coming down any time soon because rumor has it that the town mayor and manager has a problem with Christmas ornaments. Can you believe that folks? In spite of what the people want, they don't want traditional Christmas ornaments put up on their new light poles. This information came from an reliable source so until it's proven otherwise, I will accept it as being a true statement. Talk about political correctness, sometimes people take things to the extreme, don't you think?
I'd like to add a comment on another subject that was being discussed, that being economic development. Even though I left Elizabethtown back in 1965 in order to serve my country, I was born and raised here in Bladen County and can tell for a fact that after the lumber mills shutting down, economic development as I understand it, has been next to nothing. There used to be a textile plant located downtown which stayed open for a number of years and then in 1965, a company called Veeder Root moved to the outskirts of town. Some years later another much larger textile plant moved down the road from Veeder Root and that was it until Smithfield constructed their plant just west of Tar Heel. If you call the development that's taken place at the airport economic development, then you can add those businesses to the list. Other than that, what does Bladen County have to brag about for the last fifty-two years? This town and this county WILL NOT grow until you people get rid of the deep rooted Democratic control that has ruled this town as far back as I can remember. If you will elect more Republicans in the future, things will begin to change for the better. Ever wonder why there's not a Wall-Mart supercenter here in Elizabethtown or in the county for that matter? At the next town council meeting why not ask your mayor and town manager that same question. They probably won't tell you the truth but simply put, it's because they don't want outside competition. They want all the money you spend on gas, clothes and food to go into their bank accounts and not the coffers of a company like Wal-Mart. I can also tell you people, especially you new citizens, that Elizabethtown has NOT changed that much in the last seventy years or more. Sure, a few buildings have been razed and businesses have come and gone, but the buildings are the same buildings I remember as a young child. My senior class in high school graduated 60-70 students. Fifty plus years later, Bladen county has two very large high schools so don't tell me we don't have the people to work in a new plant or business because we do. The only thing I can come up with is they, the democratic machine in this area, simply does not want to grow. Prove me wrong.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/05/2017 at 9:41 am:
Good morning to the few people that don't mind putting their thoughts and concerns on this site. I wish I could use the Letter's to the Editor section of the Bladen Journal, but since they refuse to print my comments and letters, I'll use this forum until something better comes along.
Neil King: you know that change comes when one person speaks up or does something different. I applaud you for checking out gas prices in other locations. What I've written about as it pertains to the price of gasoline, still holds true today. Now, if you will tell ten of your friends about this and they end up telling ten of their friends, maybe then we can get our gas prices to fall in line with the rest of the state. Again I ask you, what makes Elizabethtown so special that we have to pay more for gasoline than surrounding towns. Could it be GREED? When you happen to be out of town, buy your gasoline for less.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 02/27/2017 at 7:08 pm:
I’m going to encourage parents and policy makers, counselors and pastors, educators and activists, along with all those who care about their trans-identified friends and family that: 1) there is no settled science confirming transgender identity; 2) we still know very little about many operations of the brain, including those related to what is now called gender dysphoria (previously known as gender identity disorder, or GID); 3) studies continue to indicate that the vast majority of children who identify as transgender do not do so after puberty (even if many ultimately identify as gay); 4) there must be a better way than our current approach to treating gender dysphoria; 5) it is unfair to impose the struggles of less than 1 percent of the population on the rest of the population, especially on impressionable kids; and 6) gender distinctions should be celebrated and appreciated, rather than branded patriarchal or heterosexist or the like.


With respect to the bathroom issue that we seem to be having in North Carolina, MY contention is very simple: if there is doubt about what your gender is, look inside your pants. You don’t get to choose; that was already done for you at birth. So, what you see, is what you get.

That being said, I think that there are some other considerations in play when it comes to the (apparently) genuine issue of people not reeeeeally being sure whether they are male or female. So, for those genuinely confused individuals who cannot fathom whose genitalia that is underneath their clothes, allow me to offer the following observations:

1. The fact is, there is no ‘settled science’ that confirms such a thing as ‘transgender’ identity. None.
2. However, we know very little about the operations within the brain, including those related to what is popularly now known as ‘gender dysphoria’ (aka ‘gender identity disorder’)
3. Some studies support the observation that the greater majority of children who identify as members of the opposite sex do not do so after puberty, although many ultimately identify as gay.
4. Currently, there is no peer-reviewed and agreed-upon method for treating gender dysphoria.
5. All of the above being said, it is ALSO quite clear that it is manifestly unfair to impose the confusion and gender struggles of less than 1% of our population onto the REST of the population! Most especially, it is grossly irresponsible, and is actually a form of child-abuse, for parents to encourage (or force) their children into an emotional framework which supports transgender dysphoria.
6. The gender uniqueness which is male and female should be celebrated, appreciated, and enjoyed for its own sake, instead of being attacked for being ‘sexist’ or ‘patriarchal’. All of that is sheer nonsense from liberal Leftist progressives who are driven by a political agenda, and not by some notion of gender fair play. Were that not the case, we would most likely have never heard of ‘transgender rights’.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/22/2017 at 8:55 pm:
Praise God. Our President Donald J Trump has lifted the "transgender bathroom guidance" that was forced upon the American people by former President Obama. Rightfully so, President Donald J Trump says it is an individual state issue. Who is laughing now? Reckon now NC can sue the NBA and the ACC for pulling their games out of the state. Thank God for former Gov. McCrory. Praise God. Praise God. Praise God. And God bless President Donald J Trump. Now this news came from the Associated Press; whether it is fake or not who know?. Guess "the shadow still knows"!!!!!!
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/21/2017 at 9:46 pm:
Interesting ballgame over at West Bladen this evening. In the state boys basketball playoffs First Flight High School from Kitty Hawk was the visiting team. Evidently they had been winning games this year by trading 3 point baskets for 2 point baskets. That idea will work if all 3 point shots are made, unfortunately for them and fortunately for they missed more of their 3 point attempts than they made. Hence, The Knights won. Another interesting aspect of the game was mass substitutions on just about every change of possession by First Flight. Great news THE WEST BLADEN KNIGHTS move on in the playoffs.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/21/2017 at 10:31 am:
Yesterday was President's Day. That means ALL our PRESIDENTS. Can someone enlighten me on how a nationwide protest occurs with the moniker of "not my president day"? Especially on the day the Federal Government has set aside as President's Day. As has been noted in a recent post about the same pre-made signs showing up all over the USA; it certainly has the smell of a pig sty concerted effort by those who did not vote for OUR current President. By the way, his name is Donald J Trump not Donald R Trump (not withstanding we all can mis-strike the keys on the computer). For those involved in the protest, GET A LIFE AND GET A JOB.
The President we have is an intelligent man, at least he knew the number of electoral votes it would take to get him elected; the politician he ran against evidently did not and neither did the news media. God bless President Donald J Trump, his family, his cabinet, and the nation of which he is President. HE IS OUR PRESIDENT and he does not need the consent of the protesters to govern. One last thing, does the same person write speeches for all Democrats that are presented on the floor of the Senate? What a shame that the individuality of all Democrat Senators is sacrificed on the altar of ignorance.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 02/20/2017 at 5:59 pm:
We are all well aware that there is a Trump agenda—to Make America Great Again. But there is also an Obama agenda. It is, in fact, a clearly organized, and quite often violent effort by the liberal/progressive Left to attack, delegitimize, and to remove Donald Trump from office.

Quite literally from coast to coast, liberal activists are bringing the fight to the doorsteps of GOP members, disrupting their town hall meetings, and picketing and loudly agitating in the streets against the Trump presidency. Unable to cope with Democrats losing their bid for the Oval Office because of a defective candidate, they are employing Marxist tactics to tear down our constitutional form of government, as well as the principles and values which comprises the foundation of our democratic republic.

There is an organized method to this madness. The playbook for this sort of civil disruption was laid out by Saul Alinsky in his book, “Rules For Radicals”. Alinsky’s work has recently been updated by former Obama staff members who have launched their own aggressive assault on America, with the intent of crushing the Trump administration, and re-shaping America to conform to their radical progressive agenda. They have launched an effort known as ‘Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting The Trump Agenda’. This active assault was recently launched by former President Obama and his minions in an effort to collapse the Trump administration, and is designed to work hand-in-hand with Obama’s own original organization known as ‘Organizing For Action’. This organization was previously known as ‘Organizing for America’, which was created after Obama’s 2008 election win. Hence the latest version, ‘Indivisible’.

This is not just some spontaneous grass-roots effort. It takes a LOT of money and organization to pull together a national effort of this size and magnitude. Leaders of this organization are known to have ties to billionaire hedge-fund manager, George Soros, who is known to bankroll as many as fifty different liberal and/or radical Leftist organizations. While ‘Indivisible’ staffers deny this, the links to Soros are undeniable. How else can one explain the scores of protestors, who show up at rallies and town hall meetings with pre-printed signs, and who very often arrive in buses, parked discreetly away from the marches or meetings? This isn’t a get-together of your average neighbors from around your town; these are paid, professional protestors, paid to agitate, disrupt, and to generate violence and civil unrest.

Separately, Organizing For Action, which is run by ex-Obama staffers and officials, plans to stage 400 rallies across at least 42 states this year to attack Trump. The former President has set up 250 OFA offices around the country, with approximately 32,000 staffers and 25,000 trained anarchists, all of it with the intent of causing civil disruption, destruction of property, and generating economic chaos. Said Obama several weeks ago, “I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting, and we’re going to be busy. I’ve got all kinds of thoughts and ideas about it, but this isn’t the best time to share them.”

Those words are a quote, and those words reflect the Marxist activism of a President whom—in my opinion—should have never been elected in the first place. I submit to you that Barack Obama is proving to be an enemy of the United States, and that—if he continues his anti-American activities—he should be investigated, and legally charged as appropriate. If our constitutional rule of law is not upheld, and the political insurgency and guerilla warfare tactics against our elected government and officials is not checked, this country risks becoming a diminished, Third-World rat hole.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/19/2017 at 4:44 pm:
They are still at it folks, THE NEWS MEDIA that is. The President doesn't hold news conferences,it is the devil to pay; the President does hold news conferences and he is "STILL CAMPAIGNING"!!!
How about this one, IT IS COSTING THE COUNTRY TOO MUCH TO COVER ALL THE TRUMPS. Wonder if the they ever figured out how much it cost the American tax payer for President Obama to take vacations during his eight years in office. Last time I heard it was close to $90,000,000. But no one ever reported on that. NEWS MEDIA, listen up. You told us who was supposed to win the election; we the voter SHOWED you who won he election. Wise up and start giving the current President the favorable coverage you have given to past Presidents. The voting public is watching and waiting til 2017 and 2019. We have already got our eyes on you the NEWS MEDIA and we can turn the channel or drop our subscription any and every day. Did a bunch of people just turn from NBC to C-SPAN; did someone just drop their subscription for the Fayetteville "DEMOCRAT" Observer newspaper? Believe hey did.

Other than that, "everything is beautiful in its own way" out here in mid Mother Bladen county. Believe Ray Stevens sang about that back a few years ago.

There is news that is going o happen.
WHAT? Revival services.
WHEN? March 20 thru 24
WHERE? Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church. 5 miles from Bladenboro; 8 miles from Elizabethtown on Hwy 242.
TIME. 7:30 pm
Speaker Rev. Bobby Carden. You can listen to him every week day at 1;00 pm on 100.9 FM. If you have any lost friends, be sure and bring a car or van load of them. You will find he has a deep heart felt compassion for folks who have not made up their mind yet they want to go to heaven. The pastor, Rev. James H Nobles, and the congregation welcome each and every one who will attend.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 02/13/2017 at 11:15 am:
"The news is out all over town". Believe those words were in an old country song. The problem with that, is WHO controls the news hat gets to us, the news buying public? A good example of this present day phenomena is HB2. As most of us know NC has lost several "sporting event" tournaments, supposedly because of HB2.
When in reality, a state, Texas has the same law on the books as NC; but host Super Bowl LI. It is nothing but how various news media portray the news. If that is not true, then how does Texas, host the Super Bowl but he NBA moves its All Star Game out of NC? The last election told the news media to clean up its act in addition to electing a new President. We indeed do have a new President, who the news media said it was impossible for him to be elected; it is about time the news media gets the message that was sent to it AND GIVE THIS PRESIDENT THE RIGHT THAT WAS GIVEN TO HIM and let him with his cabinet govern. That needs to happen soon or my prediction is that the rest of the liberal democrats will be turned out of office at the next election and America will start turning to news sources that get out the unbiased news. America is waiting. God bless our new President, his family, and his cabinet; and yes, God bless the news media of our nation that they will come to their senses and report the TRUTH.
RJAllen RJAllen from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 02/13/2017 at 6:15 am:
Bravo, Wayne--couldn't have said it better myself
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 02/05/2017 at 8:48 am:
Judging from the chaos and criminal actions which characterized the progressive Left’s response to a conservative speaker slated to speak at UC Berkley in California this past week, it is abundantly clear who controls the media narrative. The Left cannot tolerate conservative opinion, and the anarchists cannot stomach the fact that we have a strong-willed Republican President. Despite the endless, shrill outrage from liberals over the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency, it is clear that they (liberals) control the narrative, and thus, it is liberals who decide what is legitimate news, and what is not. Rather than calling the destruction at the campus for what it is—anarchy—the media wants us to believe that it represents ‘legitimate dissent’.

It is not just a "double standard"; almost all of us can be called guilty of that from time to time. What is going on with the media is criminal collusion in an attempt to overthrow the legitimate government of the United States. It should be dealt with as treasonous actions, not as an issue of character and standards (as the media clearly has neither). I continue to find it oddly amusing at the comparison between how the media hero-worshipped Barack Obama, but salivates with malicious and angry glee over every tweet and comment from Donald Trump. I believe their actions to be part of a continuing effort to delegitimize Trump’s presidency, and worse—to effectively discard the constitution, and to dismantle the concept of our representative democratic republic. For those who cannot—or will not see—Barack Obama is a Marxist/socialist, and Hillary Clinton was an acolyte, even farther to the Left than he. The media is complicit in praising their narrative, as though it represents sage and settled wisdom, and the media has been complicit in supporting the progressive Left’s dysfunctional agenda for America. Thus, Trump (to them) represents a potent threat which must be removed at any cost, including seditious anarchy.

Trump presented himself as a law and order candidate, and it is clear from the criminal activity which has occurred this week that he will have to take strong and decisive actions to stop the mayhem. It starts with an Attorney General willing to enforce the law, and it starts with local and state law enforcement which stops the violence and destruction as soon as it begins. Contrary to his predecessor, Donald Trump is not a wilting flower. If he does not challenge the progressive Left, they will succeed in enacting their agenda for America, which is to (1) amass a nationwide following of lockstep disciples, willing to commit criminal acts when required, (2) shut down any conservative opposition whatsoever, (3) promote the belief that Donald Trump is a dangerous extremist, and (4) provoke a national crisis.

They intend to end Trump’s presidency. No question about it. And they fully intend to replace him with a candidate who will do THEIR bidding—an establishment progressive who will continue the Obama and Clinton legacy of reducing America to the status and level of a Third-World banana republic. The chaos is only just beginning.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/03/2017 at 2:26 pm:
Thank God a former poster on Guestbook says she is praying for those who voted for and support President Trump. By a letter to the editor in todays Fayetteville Observer newspaper evidently the poster has moved. At least this is one person who has moved since President Trump won the election; albeit only over to St. Pauls. Seems this former poster is still a little disgruntled over President Trump and his supporters. Let's be clear though, President Trump was not elected to be a church Deacon nor was he ordained to be a gospel minister. The same book that gives the qualifications for those offices, also request we send up prayers for all those in positions of leadership whether they be Republican, Democrat, or, Independent. That same book also shows that a good leader can also be a "good" man or a "bad" man. I certainly would encourage this former poster to bring up a link on the computer for the National Prayer Breakfast that was celebrated this week in Washington, D.C. President Trump was there and I must say that he impressed me as well as the Senate Chaplain, Barry Black. Thanks for praying for us and our-your President.
Chuck Chuck from Elizabethtown wrote on 02/02/2017 at 9:08 am:
Don,
No offense taken. I am happy to find folks passionate about creating a better Bladen County. We probably don't toot our own horn enough and there are several very good projects considering Bladen right now. Keep your fingers crossed, keep us in your prayers. Please do follow up with a call sooner rather than later. Office is 645-2292.

Thanks again,
Chuck
Don White Don White from Bladenboro wrote on 02/02/2017 at 12:45 am:
Chuck – Thank you for the overview. I suspect I know who the common acquaintance might be and if so, we have had this discussion also.
I rarely comment on Bladen Online Guestbook and don’t intend to become a “frequent commenter”. I very much appreciated your response and I’m sure others who might read it will be enlightened as well and might suggest there be some periodic articles in our local news that does discuss just what is being done in the area of economic development. My comments and questions were in no way formulated to be insulting or inflammatory to anyone in particular and if they came across that way, I do apologize.
I applaud those members of our County and City Board(s) that ask the hard questions of those individuals responsible for the administration of our governmental process and hold individuals that might be employees accountable to the taxpayers, provided they are guided with both respect and with substantive merit. One of my favorite artists, James Brown had a song back in the 70’s called “Talking Loud and Saying Nothing” and too often that is all that takes place at some of our meetings.
If we have learned one thing from our past Presidential elections, voters are now once again engaged and will be demanding accountability and results from their elected officials and if they don’t feel like they are getting it, regardless of the circumstances, they will vote for change.
I would like to see a day when our Towns and County would be able to retain many of our top graduates to return after college or to start-up new businesses and be able to live, work, and thrive here in Bladen County.
Again, thank you for your response and I hope to be able to exchange thoughts and ideas with you personally at some time in the future.
Chuck Chuck from Elizabethtown NC wrote on 02/01/2017 at 11:38 pm:
Don,

I may have you confused with someone else, but I think a mutual acquaintance suggesting engaging you concerning our economic development efforts earlier today. I am the director for our economic development efforts and I have also heard the questions about what we can do to be more successful. Smithfield Foods was a once or twice in a lifetime project for Bladen County. We are very fortunate that our commissioners at the time recruited it and our community supported it. The ag and industrial impacts have been enormous. I hate to imagine where we would be without them.
There have been lots of great projects since Smithfield. Right there in Tar Heel, Smithfield brought us the Cold Storage. The county has worked with them twice to attract major expansions to the Cold Storage. Just up the road at DuPont (now Chemours), the county has worked with the site management and attracted Teflon, SentryGlas, Tedlar, and APFO expansions. Dupont has invested well over $125,000,000 in the site expansions alone since 2000. The Commissioners also pursued and were awarded an over $1,000,000 grant to get natural gas to the site which makes the site even more attractive for future growth. Bladenboro has worked with the county to attract one of the most modern Birdsong peanut buying stations in the county. The impact to peanut farmers in the area has been significant. Birdsong, Houstons, and EJ Cox (Sachs) have huge ag and manufacturing impacts on the county. We have worked with each of these companies to expand and prosper in our community. The town and county also worked together to bring MHM Marine, Southern Belle Organics, and Carrol Poultry (we hope they startup soon) to the industrial park. Another of the county's great projects working with Bladenboro is the Cape Fear Valley medical center in town. It created dozens of jobs and strengthened Bladen County Hospital. We even had a great run with military contracting with Axicor (Hiram Hester) and Gene Brisson's companies.
Clarkton and Bladen County have worked together to attract several great projects including Blacks Tire Service GoodYear and Gildan (one of the largest, most respected textile companies in the world). Both continue to go strong. Gildan created over 130 jobs and has invested over $25 million. Companies such as Flanders and Superior Media created hundreds of jobs, but due to market changes moved on.
Elizabethtown, Bladen County, and Ben and Mary Greene have worked together to build one of the neatest most vibrant small rural industrial parks in the state. The airport industrial park has helped Westwood Robotics thrive and has attracted great businesses such as Aramark, Alerttile, Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, Delton gun company, Delton Machining, Kuraray logistics, Sue Bee Honey and the NCDMV call center (150 employees). A recent economic impact analysis noted that the approximately 350 jobs there created a direct impact of around $30,000,000 per year (I think that is close; I do not currently have it with me) in the county. The recreational improvements Elizabethtown is making in the park will make it the envy of other industrial parks.
Mature cornerstone industries such as Taylor Manufacturing continue to diversify and grow (hopefully the road construction will end soon and Mr. Taylor can finish his expansion of his very successful food processing), and the county and the town have worked with SPT (formerly Danaher, Veeder-Root) to win four or more expansion projects to our Elizabethtown plant creating hundreds of jobs.
There have been several other industrial and small business projects, but these are examples that come quickly to mind.
I truly appreciate your questions and assure you that our town and county commissioners have worked very hard to build one of the most successful and innovative rural programs in NC. I had also seen the 60 minutes special you refer to. They are doing cool and innovative things; and I am certainly looking to "borrow" good ideas.
I am excited by the enthusiasm our current new board is bringing. They are learning about our programs and we are learning about their desires for our direction. I can tell you that they are looking to be more aggressive and invest more than ever to attract more investment and jobs to Bladen County. We have our challenges, but we also have a community and leadership determined to make it happen. We are part of a very successful regional marketing group (NCSE) and we are knocking on industry, consultant, and realtor doors looking for opportunities every day.
Please feel free to give me a call. I would love to host you for a tour of some of our projects and share ideas. We are always looking for community leaders to help in our efforts. This invitation actually goes for anyone interested in learning more or sharing ideas or concerns.
Thanks again for the questions,
Chuck
Neil King Neil King from Etown wrote on 02/01/2017 at 8:28 pm:
@Jerry D. Jackson, I left Etown this morning and Go Gas gas was $2.19. I went over to Clinton for work and Go Gas gas was $2.05, so I filled up and went down the street to a store and when I came back by the place I had just bought gas at, low and behold it had dropped 1 cent. $2.04. When I returned back to Etown, well you guessed it, gas was still $2.19. Guess they didn't hear about the price drop.
Don White Don White from Bladenboro wrote on 02/01/2017 at 7:59 pm:
To Dalene – Meant no personal insult to anyone and really don’t know who you are that you would become so irritated when a taxpayer makes an observation and comment. No harm meant, but isn’t it the responsibility of all of us who pay taxes into this county to make these observations and comments so our elected representatives can respond to our concerns. Did I offend you? If I did, I am sorry. Did I mention your name or accuse anyone of anything? Don’t feel I did. No I’m sure I do not know the answer to all the questions you threw out but I’m pleased Mr. Britt is asking these questions and I encourage him to keep doing so until he gets the answers so some questions and some new directions or solutions might be pursued.
Hearsay. Nope. I suppose most sensible people can observe for themselves the county has fallen behind in many areas, economic development being only one of those. Have you ever considered that the employee base you so negatively discount that will not show up for work, cannot pass a drug test, etc., etc are untrained may be due to the fact that the county has failed to provide job opportunities for many that might like to stay after college, but just find better opportunities elsewhere. I’m sorry, but I do not support this claim that there is not a sufficient employee base within 25 miles in any direction to support a major employer, regardless of where it is located in the county. And we do have 3 local community colleges in Bladen, Columbus and Robeson County that can implement training programs to support a wide range of skill-set requirements for employers that would locate to this area. We can come up with a number of reasons why we can’t do something cause that’s easy. It’s a little more difficult to come up with reasons why we can.
Lastly, I meant no offense to you or anyone else in my comments, but you ask “do I know how many potential employers have visited Bladen County?” My question to you is, Do you know how many potential employers Bladen County has visited to recruit?” I hope the answer is a whole bunch. If you have an interest, take a look at the link that I shared in another post. It’s from a 60 minutes report about an area in Mississippi that is “dirt poor” and had some of the same issues we face her and how they successfully changed things.
Darlene Darlene from Elizabethtown wrote on 02/01/2017 at 3:15 pm:
This is in response to Don from White ?? Before you make statements such as the long one you posted. You should at least check the facts. Do you have any idea how many potential clients visit Bladen County? Do you know what criteria they are looking for? Have you spoken with local industries to find out the problems they have in hiring good candidates who report to work on time, can pass drug tests, background checks and have the skill sets needed to do the job? Have you checked to find out the infrastructure needs in the county before you accuse people of not doing their jobs? Heresay is a dangerous thing and most of us are still fed up with one of the most contentious political seasons in our lifetime. When you throw mud, as much sticks to the person throwing it as to the person it is aimed at. I suggest you demand facts from Mr. Britt and insist he backs them up.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/31/2017 at 11:44 pm:
A conversation that I had recently with some of the folks that are knowledgeable in the local economic development for Bladen County have suggested to me that some of the factors limited greater industrial development for the county include:

--distant access to an interstate, in this case Interstate 95—a distance of some 30 miles to the west. That, in and of itself, is a limiting factor, since transportation of goods and raw materials is essential for industry. Route 701, while a good and usable road, is not big enough, nor connected to suitable hubs, to meet the requirements for movement of goods.

--local water source (the Cape Fear River) IS a ‘plus’ for development.

--access to natural gas, however, is not. The cost for installing natural gas lines suitable for industrial use is significantly prohibitive, and when that question inevitably comes up, larger industries are not interested.

--availability of land for development is also a ‘plus’, but not necessarily on a large scale. Smaller industrial development, on a limited footprint, is more suitable to the Bladen County environment.

There are other issues, many of them related to EPA and Army Corps of Engineers regulations, as well as prospects for negotiation of tax incentives. One other significant issue for location of ANY industry is the availability of a trained, or trainable, workforce. Along with that comes periphery issues, such as public school, and other related quality of life options. In sum, as a largely rural county, Bladen County has some solid option to offer smaller businesses and industries, but not the larger ones. We are, in effect, limited by our own location and geography.
Don Don from White wrote on 01/31/2017 at 9:45 pm:
Watch this if you are interested in economic development for Bladen County
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/catch-infectious-attitude-joe-max-higgins-60-minutes-week-trey-hess
Don Don from White wrote on 01/31/2017 at 9:43 pm:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/catch-infectious-attitude-joe-max-higgins-60-minutes-week-trey-hess
For those who have not watched this video and are interested in Economic Development, tak the time to watch this. Bladen County could do this...
Don Don from White wrote on 01/31/2017 at 9:40 pm:
I spent some time watching a good portion of the live stream of the most recent County Commissioners meeting focused on Industrial Development in Bladen County. I heard lots of reasons why we cannot, heard lots of excuses. Mr. Ray Britt, who campaigned on encouraging our Economic Development efforts to become more aggressive in their efforts made some excellent points in stating your thoughts on this to the speaker, and I really don’t think Mr. Britt got much of an answer. I’m sure the individual presenting this to the commissioners is super knowledgeable in what he was talking about, but the level of enthusiasm leaves a lot to be desired. I’m sure this is more of his style, rather than his skillset in getting business interest to become attracted to Bladen County. Let’s hop so anyway. Do our Commissioners need to light a fire under our Economic Development team? To put it in another gear and go out and find some businesses or are we just waiting from them to find us? Are we as a county doing all we can to attract new industry to the county? I’m told the last major employer coming into Bladen was Smithfield in the 1990’s. that’s a pretty long time ago folks and not such a good success rate, but maybe there are other factors that are just beyond our elected officials and subsequently those who work for the taxpayer’s control. Not being critical mind-you, just asking some questions and making some observations to think about.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/30/2017 at 5:05 pm:
I noted with great interest the variety of protests going on around the country in response to Trump’s weekend restriction on immigration. In particular, I took note of what was written on the many different signs that the protestors were holding up. Some were vulgar, some were incoherent, some were simply stupid, and made no sense whatsoever.

A recurring theme that I noted, however, was the frequent reference to how American is a ‘land of immigrants’, and that ‘our country was founded on immigrants’, and that this current restriction on immigration ‘is not who we are’. Indeed? So, I should conclude that pouting, angry anarchists waving signs around at airports somehow KNOW ‘who we are’ as Americans, and that Trump’s temporary restriction on immigration somehow violates their delicate conscience to the very core of their oh-so-liberal soul? Gimme a break.

What I often hear cited in these discussions is a reference to the poem inscribed on a plaque at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty in 1901. It is a quote by Emma Lazarus which says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…” Liberals and progressives frequently cite that line, as though our entire premise for governing immigration should be based solely on that line—and no other consideration whatsoever. Nope. Just….throw open the gates! …open the borders!! …no restrictions, cuz after all—we’re AMERICA, and we want EV’rybody, cuz, after all, it was the immigrants who built American, and it was the immigrants who made America great, and….and….and on and on they go, until they are out of breath. Well, folks—that was then, and this is now, and the world isn’t what it used to be, but we still face threats from individuals and states who wish to harm us.

Our immigration policy is based on common sense, not some obscure line in a poem! Perhaps the liberals and the progressives have forgotten that, in response to the flood of immigrants this country encountered early in the 20th century, the government enacted The Anarchist Exclusion Act of 1903. That law imposed more restrictions on immigration than what were already in place. There was also an Immigration Act of 1907, and again in 1924, both of which imposed certain other requirements for admission, such as literacy tests, and which were specifically designed to allow the government to deny entry to those who were otherwise deemed a threat, or who could otherwise alter the demographics of the country. You can be quite sure that the enactors of those immigration laws knew full well what the poem said—but they were not bound by it, and neither should we be.

When individuals or groups can be identified as detrimental to the safety and well-being of Americans, they should be denied entry. Entry into America is not a right; it is a privilege. Those who attempt to connect Trump’s weekend restrictions on entry to a century-old poem are delusional. Clearly, these self-appointed little anarchists need a history lesson regarding U.S. immigration law and policy.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/30/2017 at 3:40 pm:
I do so hope that the regulations President Trump rolled back today will benefit all Americans, especially Billy up in Charlotte. Done more in his second week of his Presidency than others have done in eight years in office and we aren't even half way through the week. God bless our new President, his family, and his cabinet. A new Supreme Court appointee coming soon. Stay tuned.
Jane Pait Jane Pait from White Oak, NC wrote on 01/26/2017 at 11:42 am:
The United Voices of Baldwin Branch and the Baldwin Branch Male Choir will sing at White Oak Baptist Church, Hwy. 53, White Oak, NC (beside the old WO School gym, this Fifth Sunday, January 29, at 6:00 pm. It is going to be an awesome worship service. Don't miss it. WOBC extends a hearty welcome to all.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/26/2017 at 11:19 am:
Gas is $2.16 per gallon over at Inman IGA over in Dublin.

How about our new President. He has fulfilled more of his campaign promises in his first week in office as most have in their first term in office. Believe he will be good for our nation.
Ellen Gause Ellen Gause from Elizabethtown wrote on 01/25/2017 at 12:56 pm:
Kudos to Jefferson Weaver for a well-written, humorous, and down-to-earth letter to President Trump!
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/24/2017 at 5:31 pm:
Thank you to the road crew working on Fayetteville Road yesterday an the drivers coming into Lumberton on same road. As the funeral procession of my former co-worker passed the road crew stopped working, placed their hard hats over their hearts, and stood at attention while the hearse passed them by. The drivers on the opposite side of the road stopped and honored the family of my friend and paid reverence too his family. One of the greatest shows of sympathy I have witnessed in a long time.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 01/22/2017 at 3:59 pm:
Just for the record.
I was driving through Clinton this past Monday and topped my gas tank off with gasoline priced at $2.09 per gallon.
This past Friday, I was in Whiteville for my weekly tray of oysters and decided to check the local gas prices. Once again, I topped off my gas tank with gas priced at $2.09 per gallon.
Back here in Elizabethtown, yea-you guessed it-the gas was priced at $2.21 per gallon. Month after month I keep asking myself-why? What makes us so special that we get to pay a premium price for gas.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/21/2017 at 7:59 pm:
Has the local DA assigned anyone on his staff to seek justice in the voter fraud cases that occurred in the last election. Whatever became of the charges that a county commissioner was seen taking pictures inside a voting place in Bladen County? We have less than two years to get these things cleared up. REMEMBER, less than two years and the voters will be casting ballots again. Isn't it about time that those in charge of investigating voter fraud START INVESTIGATING VOTER FRAUD and prosecuting those involved. The voting public is waiting.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 01/21/2017 at 4:25 pm:
Isn't it time for some "equal time?"
Let me tell you what I mean by that statement. When the so-called elite in the sporting world, the Hollywierd celebrities and many of those who entertain us with their voices get in front of a microphone, they bombard us with their misguided opinions. If we happen to be watching the program, we can either turn the channel or listen to them. Because I know these people can't refuse a good opportunity, I simply don't tune in.
What we need here is for our representatives to pass a bill giving us equal time to rebut their stupid comments.
I for one don't give a damn about their politics and wish they'd stick to their purpose for being which is to entertain us. That's it. Entertain us and shut up or, give us equal time.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/21/2017 at 2:30 pm:
What a breath of fresh air as the helicopter lifted off the ground with former President Obama and the former first lady on it. When he became President eight years ago he set off on a whirl wind tour of the world to apologize for America. This time he flew off to California to spend his first days as former President with some homosexual friends (as per the news media). During the eight years he was at the White House THE RICH GOT RICHER AND THE POOR GOT POORER at he expense of the middle class, of which there are so few left that America today can almost be classified into two classes the rich and the poor. Thank God we now have a President from the business sector that knows the worth of people working and being unburdened by such crazy things as having to pay a penalty for not buying into the ACA. He has already hit the road running and acting on behalf of the American people. Hold on Americans, there is finally great hope on the horizon for us. Just a few other notes. Don't we have a beautiful new first lady and don' the new first couple dance beautifully together. Lastly, when will the news media ever learn, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS? It was evident in the last election just how far off base they can be and yesterday they were at it again. As the old song said, "when will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?" If one likes to see the news as it happens, watch C-Span. God bless President Trump and God bless these United States of America. That fresh air is going to be good for the economy.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/20/2017 at 3:33 pm:
As expected, Trump’s inaugural address was entirely consistent with his previous speeches, and all of his campaign speeches—brief, blunt, to-the-point, and muscular. As well, Trump made it abundantly clear what the tone and tenor for his Presidency will be: he intends to restore the greatness that is America, and he intends to make America great again.

Trump made it clear that, unlike his predecessor, his will not leave the average American forgotten. He castigated the Beltway elite for enriching itself at the expense of the American people. He noted once again how his election represented a movement of Americans from across the country, and he noted that when we are unified, we are unstoppable, and can achieve anything. His message reinforced his constant theme that, as President, he expects to work non-stop on behalf of the American people.

He reiterated once again that he will be a President for ALL Americans, and that no matter if we are black, brown, or white, we are all patriots whose blood is the same color. He spoke about how America, and America’s wealth, has been diminished and redistributed across the world, to the detriment of the average American. Unapologetically, Trump hammered home the point that his intent is to put Americans—and America—first, before any considerations regarding other countries. I’m sure that sentiment did not sit well with the liberal progressives in the Democrat Party, nor with global sycophants at the UN.

Trump also spoke very clearly, forcefully, and without apology about radical Islamic terrorism, and noted that when it comes to defense, he is putting America first! In all, and despite the blunt muscularity of his message, Trump delivered a solid message of hope for the future of America. It comes as no surprise, then, as to why he won the election.

After winning his Presidency, Barack Obama famously went on a foreign tour apologizing for America. Donald Trump made it clear that he intends to make America great again! This is a new day for the future of our country.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 01/20/2017 at 12:03 pm:
President Donald J Trump has now been sworn in as our new President. To repeat the words of Jesus Christ as he died on the cross of Calvary, "It Is Finished." Obama is finished-thank you God.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/20/2017 at 11:00 am:
Now that his time as President has come to an end, it’s time to ask what Barack Obama has done to the country, and how he has been able to do it.

Obama is the most left-wing President in American history. Never mind his speech at the 2004 Democrat National Nomination Convention, or during the run-up to the 2008 election, when he was presenting himself as a moderate.

Someone scrutinizing Obama’s history, including his early years in and out of the U.S., his time in school, his stint as a Chicago community organizer, his law school experiences, and his political career as an Illinois state senator and a U.S. senator, should have recognized him for what he is: a radical leftist, steeped in Marxism, contemptuous of America’s Constitution, hostile to traditional values, and committed to Alinskyite notions of social justice.

It’s stupefying to realize how little the Mainstream Media (MSM) vetted him before January 20 2009. Perhaps it is therefore understandable that some who could not, or would not, recognize Obama for what he was believed he was some kind of moderate capable of uniting the nation along post-partisan and post-racial lines.

Obama’s term as chief executive has been disastrous for the U.S. in terms of both domestic and foreign affairs.

Obama’s real legacy is his damage to America, and, unless we find some way to peel portions of his (left-wing) backers away, there is a risk that another leftist could do it again. (from an article by Richard Winchester, AmericanThinker, ‘What Has Obama Done To Us…’, Jan. 20, 2017)
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown,NC wrote on 01/19/2017 at 9:42 am:
Good morning:

I've been waiting for this day for eight long tortuous years as America has been under the leadership of an educated fool. As you can see by the condition our country is currently in, we've been led by a man not even qualified to be a dog catcher. He had eight long years to do some great things and to bring this country together but sadly, we're more divided now than ever before.
To all of you like minded Democrats out there. For once in your pitiful lives, do something that's right for the country and drop the hatred you have for everything that's good. For sixteen years the Republicans of our country tolerated in an honorable way, the arbitrary use of our government by the likes of Bill Clinton and Barack HUSSEIN Obama II. Sure, we complained about them and criticized them for what they did or failed to do, but that's to be expected. So why can't you people show a little class for a change instead of showing the world how stupid and out of touch you really are. Oh by the way, if you promised to leave the country if Trump was elected, we're still waiting and believe me, you won't be missed.

Around the noon hour tomorrow, America's eight year long NIGHTMARE will end. Thank God. Maybe now America will be blessed once more.
Woody Fussell Woody Fussell from Bladenboro/ Elgin, SC wrote on 01/18/2017 at 6:55 pm:
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I did not vote for P-E Trump. However I find myself looking forward to his inauguration. I have heard the P-E speak positively( from my point of view) about replacing the ACA. If conservatives can provide better coverage for more people for less money I am all for it. I am expecting there be a huge effort to boost the economy. I am especially encouraged by the focus on infrastructure.
Work on infrastructure is almost 100% local,returning pay for labor back into the local economy.

I am also tired of all the news media speculating on what the P-E may or may not do. I want to see what the P-E, house and senate together can do to Keep America Great.

May the weight of the presidency settle gently on his shoulders.
Woody Fussell Woody Fussell from Bladenboro/ Elgin, SC wrote on 01/17/2017 at 2:53 pm:
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Mr Schaeffer, thank you for posting your thoughts on MLK. Your comments were right on point. The principles Dr. King fought and died for are not fully appreciated by younger generations.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/17/2017 at 12:22 pm:
Whoever organized the parade could have waited until Friday to hold it and gotten all those 40 or so US Congressmen WHO SAY THEY WILL NOT attend the inauguration of President Trump to ride in the parade. I'm sure those 40 additional floats would have been first class because they would have been paid for with tax payer dollars.

Personally, I don't think anyone knows what Dr. King would say or think about what is going on in his name today. All we can do is look at what he DID say and do while he was with us. To put it all in perspective, he was a lot like the man that will be inaugurated this coming Friday; THEY BOTH SPOKE AND SPEAK FROM THE HEART. Unfortunately, 40 of our US Congressmen will not listen to the President's inaugural speech but we can expect them afterward to say and think what they thought Dr. King would have said and thought. All the while Dr. King has been to the mountain top and looked on the other sided and I believed he like what he saw. Whereas, all of us who are alive and remain on this side can only THINK AND SAY WHAT WE THOUGHT HE SAW. .
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/17/2017 at 1:35 am:
Perhaps the reason the MLK parade in downtown E-town was not so well attended is because the focus of the parade itself is being lost.

Let’s face it: most parades thru ANY town are much the same—people dressed up and marching, bands playing, maybe some clowns and funny cars, a few notables waving from hi-dollar cars…yeahhh, we’ve seen all that before.

But the MLK parade should be something different, and the reason is because Martin Luther King, Jr was a very different, and very iconic man. He stood for something, and his message is being lost in the glitz and hype of parades, without remembering at all the uniqueness of his message, and of the man himself.

Dr. Martin Luther King was unique for all time because he preached about true equality for ALL people—it was not a politically-correct message selling the notion of embracing ‘diversity’, which is the mantra from today’s liberal Left. As well, he also spoke of a culture that embraced freedom—for ALL people, and not merely a message of progressive ‘multiculturalism’, again, a mantra of the liberal Left.

King spoke persistently about the subject of race, but not of many races. No, he spoke about all of us as though we are really of ONE race—which we are. And lastly, he spoke about that part of each of us which is most important of all—the nature of our character, and the need for recognizing that, as children of an Almighty God, we all bear a responsibility for one another—to seek that which is best for all of us, to lift one another up--and in so doing, glorifying God, while we improve the lot and the life of our fellow citizens.

I want to see young children, and men and women of all ages and all colors, remember the legacy for which this man gave his life. I want to see a parade that honors this legacy, honors the memory of a man who saw the potential and the possibilities in all of us—regardless of skin color, regardless of station in life. I want to see organizations, groups, clubs, schools, and civic committees reflect these values in how they participate in a parade honouring Dr. King, instead of just marching and honking down Broad Street throwing out candy and waving to disinterested on-lookers, who likely don’t know very much about Dr. Martin Luther King anyway.

Dr. Martin Luther King—and his legacy—deserve much more than this.
E. Hedgeman E. Hedgeman from Tar Heel wrote on 01/16/2017 at 4:20 pm:
The MLK JR. Parade was a bust in Elizabethtown on today. Vehicles were allowed to go thru town well after the parade was set to begin at 11am. There were huge gaps between several entries in the parade causing people to think many times the parade was over. Visitors coming into town were trapped on the bridge near Tory Hole because no detour signs were up encouraging motorists to turn down the street near Go Gas to go around the parade route. All in all, the parade is becoming a "who's who" in town, accompanied by motorcycles, dirt bikes, four wheelers, flashy cars, and hair salons. Is this the dream St MLK Jr. had?
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/13/2017 at 2:28 pm:
I’m sure all of America watched the ‘farewell speech’ of our President a few days ago. Not unexpectedly, it was less a vision for America than it was just another campaign speech, designed to remind us how blessed we have been to have Obama in the White House.

Frankly, the whole speech seemed designed to be the concluding chapter to his version of “The Greatest Speeches of Barry Obama," which I’m sure will be in bookstores before too long. No wonder the substance of Obama's farewell was mostly just a rehash of his greatest sound bites—long on rhetoric, short on actual substance.

Obama spoke, for example, of Congress being "dysfunctional", something he has done many times in the past. But, as with everything Obama says, you have to read between the lines to figure out what he really means. What he clearly meant is that, in his mind, Congress isn't working properly when it refuses to do what HE wants it to do. He also spoke at some length about climate change, the suggestion being that any disagreement with HIS viewpoint on climate change is “contrary to the spirit of America”. He also insisted that the essence of democracy is the commitment "that we rise or fall as one," but when he referred to what he considered the new “social compact with America”, it was (as expected) just a rehash of what his progressive legislative agenda for America has been from day one, and which Americans soundly rejected by electing Donald Trump, instead of the dysfunctional Hillary Clinton.

And, frankly, THAT is not the spirit of democracy at all. Obama has always rejected mainstream American’s understanding and appreciation for constitutional principles from the very beginning of his tenure. It has always been his clear intent to reduce America’s greatness, such that America was not any different, and in no way any better, than any Third-World country. Like his father, Obama Sr (an avowed socialist), Obama Jr absorbed the belief that America was an imperialistic, colonizing power that needed to be minimized. (read: ‘Dreams From My Father’) To Obama, when people agree with him, that's democracy working. But when Americans rejects his counsel—as we clearly have by rejecting Hillary Clinton as his replacement--then that's just those bitter, fly-over redneck Americans, clinging to their Bibles and their guns.

We are fortunate to have survived eight years of this Marxist/socialist.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/12/2017 at 7:15 pm:
Good to see you back on guestbook Woody. Just think, tomorrow week the United States of America will have a new President. I believe the next four years, maybe eight, will be great years for our country as President Trump leads us. Believe, our friend Bill Butler, is in the trucking business up in Charlotte; don't know what kind of business you are in, but President Trump has said that his inauguration speech will be short so he can get over to the White House to start repealing some of the executive orders of President Obama that have stifled Billy's business, your business, and our nations business. He will lead us to being great again. Remember him as you pray each day and let's all work forward to GREAT things. Hope the Fussell family had a great Christmas and a great New Year and an even better 2017.
Woody Fussell Woody Fussell from Bladenboro/ Elgin, SC wrote on 01/06/2017 at 8:41 pm:
Mr.Schaeffer, I have sure missed your vitriol. Glad to see you are starting off the new year with a full charge.


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WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/06/2017 at 11:26 am:
It seems the next two weeks can’t go fast enough, until we get rid of this tin-pot dictator President known as Barack (Barry Soetoro) Hussein Obama. Now we have this, from the mainstream news:

‘President Obama has another ironic award for his trophy shelf, to accompany his Nobel Peace Prize and all those participation trophies he got at Punahou for his basketball skills. His appointee and subordinate Ash Carter yesterday pinned a military medal – the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service – on his boss, as Warner Todd Huston reported for Breitbart. Defense Secy Carter presents Pres Obama with Dept of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.’ — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 4, 2017, from AmericanThinker.

So, apparently, he gets another useless award for accomplishing nothing, just like the Nobel award he received right after he was first inaugurated. That he gets it from a boot-licking sycophant like Ash Carter tells me everything I need to know as to why our military force-readiness structure has become so degraded over the tenure of this arrogant, narcissistic President. His incompetency is astounding, and the damage which Obama has done to America will take another generation from which to recover.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/29/2016 at 6:58 pm:
@Leslie Pate. 81 out of over 400 cases forwarded on to the DA's. Seems I can already hear a lot of the DA;s saying we have more important things to devote our time to. Like you, the right to vote and know that it counts is one of the few rights we have left. Maybe the DA s will take it seriously. After all, aren't they up for election every so many years?

Speaking of liberal progressives, how about that 85,000,000 current President Obama has spent on vacations during his eight years in the White House and they say it could top 90,000,000 when all the figures are in. What ever happened to people paying for their vacations out of their own personal earnings?

On a more somber note, my school days buddy and friend Billy Hester of the Bladenboro class of 1963 has passed way and his wake will be tomorrow evening. Hope to see him again one day and enjoy another smile and laugh. God bless his family during these most difficult of days.
Leslie Pate Leslie Pate from White Lake wrote on 12/28/2016 at 5:39 pm:
Just in from WECT........81 of the 400+ voter fraud cases reported to the Board of Elections investigation department in NC have been sent to District Attorneys for prosecution. It burns me up how liberals insist there is no voter fraud and fight the voter ID law. I sure am glad the Board of Elections is taking this CRIME seriously. I hope the DAs also take it seriously and prosecute to the fullest extend of the law. Why have elections if they aren't honest?
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 12/28/2016 at 3:58 pm:
Mid-week prayer service tonight. Get your family together and go on out to the church house. Unless a New Years service is attended, to night will be the last opportunity to worship God in a corporate setting. HAPPY NEW YEAR.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/25/2016 at 10:25 pm:
On this Christmas day, which is the second night of Hanukkah, it is worth revisiting my earlier post about the significance of this particular ‘holiday’, if it can be considered as such.

It is interesting to me that, in this particular year, these two days of religious significance overlap. It is also of significance to me that both days involve, in a very special way, the observance of light. For Christians, the light that was observed so long ago on that Nativity Night was the light that guided shepherds and ‘wise men’ from a great distance away, to come and see the newborn child who was to be the Christ child. That child grew, and became the Light to mankind, offering hope and salvation to beleaguered people who had—and have since—otherwise lost their spiritual link to an Almighty God.

Hanukkah, too, is a symbol of light, reflecting the miracle of an Almighty God who blessed the courage and tenacity of His people in the face of adversity, and who, through His sustaining strength, enabled them to reclaim the holy Temple in Jerusalem, cleanse it from the occupation of a tyrannical government, and rededicate it to their God. The single and only flask of purified oil which the priests had for their menorah—oil which should have only lasted for, perhaps, one day, lasted instead for eight days, giving the Temple priests time enough to make more, thus ensuring that they could rededicate the Temple—and the people of Israel—to God once more. The story of Hanukkah is a story of tenacity, of resistance in the face of tyranny, and it is the story of a courageous people whose story we remember today every time we see the candles of the lighted menorah.

These two stories overlap—and share a common bond—not only in honouring the blessings that we enjoy from our Heavenly Father. They remind us, too, of the importance of our faith, and of the constant need for us to remain strong and vigilant in defending our faith. In this particular year—this year in which we have elected a new (and untried) leader for our nation, it is not unreasonable to suggest that, at perhaps no other time in our nation’s history, have we ever—as a people of faith—ever encountered so much assault and insult to our nation’s religious foundation. It is not beyond the realm of possibility to see these assaults as a direct threat to our freedom to worship, and it is not beyond the realm of possibility to see, in these threats, the fear that one day our freedom to worship according to the dictates of our conscience will be suspended by a government which no longer exists to serve the people.

The light of the menorah reminds us to remain vigilant and courageous in defending our right, as a free people, to worship in our churches and our synagogues. The light of the Nativity reminds us of the miracle of an Almighty God who, once again, reached out to His people, offering everlasting Hope and Salvation thru His Son. The two are intrinsically linked, and remind us of our shared faith in the Almighty God who loves us. A Merry Christmas and a Joyous Hanukkah to all!
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 12/25/2016 at 2:44 pm:
CHRISTMAS!!!! The LORD's DAY. All on the same day. Enjoy, only happens once in every seven years or so. What a joy to be in the Lord's house on the Lord's day to celebrate the Lord's birthday as the Untied States of America celebrates it. It has been a great CHRISTMAS only through and by the mercies of almighty God. To top it off, the first day of 2017 will be on the Lord's Day's; hope each of you are making plans to start the new year off right by being in the Lord's house with the family God has blessed you with on January 1,2017. There may even be New Years Eve services to end the year of 2016 on the right foot.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 12/24/2016 at 3:27 pm:
The year 2016 is coming to a close and what a year it has been. The anointed one LOST her place in history so at least the year will end on a high note. The question is: are we finally done with the Clintons? Anyway, we can finally say that America's 8 year nightmare is about to end and I say thank God for that.
To one and all, Democrats and Republicans alike-MERRY CHRISTMAS and please have a Happy New Year.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 12/21/2016 at 9:25 pm:
@Woody Fussell. If what you say about President Reagan's quote is true, then he sounds a lot like soon to be President Trump. We shall see. The soon to be President sure threw a lot of news people as well as opponents off with some of the things he put out during his SUCCESSFUL campaign. Personally, I think President Reagan would have been proud of the Don. MERRY CHRIST mas to all and to all a good night.. Cottage prayer meetings and CHRIST mas caroling rule.
Woody Fussell Woody Fussell from Elgin wrote on 12/21/2016 at 4:48 pm:
Mr Bryan, I think you should reread the President Reagan quote posted by Billy.
That quote is a great example of how President Reagan used is wit to communicate. If President Reagan were here to explain that quote I am sure he would cock his head, chuckle and say well, that sounds about right to me.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 12/20/2016 at 8:33 pm:
@ Billy. Do you really believe that anyone who reads Marx and Lenin is a Communist? Guess what, if President Reagan was alive to day he would straighten you out that he did not believe that either. He was probably caught off guard by the same news media that was making all those wild predictions during the last election. Looks like they still have not learned their lesson just like the people who listen to them and read them have not learned their lesson either. The election is over and Donald Trump will take office on January 20, 2017. Accept it, pray for your new President, and support him while he is in office. Of course, if he is not going to be your President, you can do what Whoopi Goldberg said she was going to do if he was elected. Leave the country. The truth whether you, I, or any other American likes it or not is that Donald Trump will be sworn in on January 20, 2017 as President of the United States of America. But I imagine you will do as others who were going to leave have decided to do, stay here and reap the benefits of a Trump Presidency. I believe he will be good for your trucking business as he along with all our help begins to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
Billy Butler Billy Butler from Bladenboro/Charlotte wrote on 12/19/2016 at 10:48 pm:
Mr. or Ms. Schaefer, did You hear Newt Gingrich, Republican former Speaker of the House of Representatives say while being interviewed on the Dianne Rehm Show on the National Public Radio just today that Donald Trump should use His power of Pardon for any of His Advisors to exonerate any of His Advisors should they break any Laws during His term in Office as President ? In addition to that draconian statement He suggested that Congress change Our current Laws that prohibit Our President from being involved in any Business that own while in Office which eliminate any conflict of interest.

Isn't this exactly what Putin enjoys ?Turn Your head if You will, I won't.

If Gingrich's suggestions come true then I will be in danger of being killed for expressing My opinion. I'm glad that I am not in Russia where free speech is nil ! 🙁
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/19/2016 at 1:00 pm:
Mr. Butler makes the unsupported and clearly hysterical liberal talking point assertion that President-Elect Trump somehow ‘idolizes Russia’s billionaire President Putin’.

That Trump has evidenced his respect for Putin as a strong and single-minded politician is true. But to assert that Trump ‘idolizes’ him, and that this respect somehow means Trump must now be a Marxist/Leninist is ridiculous.

But…this is how the mainstream media works, too. They throw out an outrageous, unsupportable and clearly provocative untruth, and a gullible and mostly ignorant public simply sucks it up as though it were fact. The snowflakes need to get over themselves and grow up. We had an election. The flawed and corrupt politician which the Democrats offered lost. Trump won. Fact. Time to move on.
Billy Butler Billy Butler from Bladenboro/Charlotte wrote on 12/19/2016 at 1:49 am:
How do You tell a Communist ? Well it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And How do You tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

Ronald Reagan.

Guys We're in some deep Doo Doo with this Billionaire President elect Trump who idolizes Russia's Billionaire President Putin.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/18/2016 at 12:44 pm:
MERRY CHRISTMAS one week before the actual day our nation celebrates as the birthday of the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of GOD, JESUS. Thank GOD we still live in a country that so designates December 25 as the birthday of JESUS. Just think, if it wasn't for the birth of JESUS what big trouble the merchants would be in this time of the year. I'm surprised that every merchant doesn't have their outlets decorated to the hilt with CHRISTMAS decorations. MERRY CHRISTMAS. Have a fun filled last week of shopping whether it is at home or next town over.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 12/17/2016 at 12:59 pm:
There's a commercial coming out of Wilmington asking their citizens to shop locally. Why I've even read and heard that same comment from our local leaders.
To that, I say hogwash. Why should we as a people shop in a store or a town for that matter, that charges higher prices than other stores or towns? Many people have to make their money go as far as they can so they shop out of town or in a store with the lowest price because they have to in order to survive.
Let's look at a couple examples. Gasoline in Elizabethtown is always priced at least $.20 more per gallon than surrounding towns and stores, so when possible, I wait until I go to Whiteville, Lumberton, Clinton or any other town with reasonable prices. How about food. I can buy a very delicious sirloin steak out of town at half the price as I can the very same steak here in Elizabethtown. One more example, please. I can buy my favorite brand of "red wine" from a store out of town at half the price that a local grocery store charges.
No folks, do not shop locally until you see the prices for our gas, food and other items being more competitive with prices you can easily find at a store out of town.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 12/17/2016 at 12:38 pm:
Although I'm not a regular on this site, I'd like to respond to a remark made by Ashley Kinlaw. In her comments she stated that there was "no war on Christmas" and to that I must say-"are you kidding me?" You obviously don't get out that much, hue? Haven't you seen boxed Christmas trees labeled as "Holiday Tree?" Haven't you driven through E-town and Dublin and seen those ridiculous "snowflakes" being displayed on the utility poles? Haven't you checked out of a store and wished the cashier a Merry Christmas only to be met with silence?
No war on Christmas. Ashley, you are either blind or a denier because there is definitely a war on Christians and on Christmas.
Under our new President, who by the way will be a real president and not a wanna be like Obama, you no longer have to worry about being "offended" or of being "politically correct."
You know something? If you ever want to have something screwed up, be it a tradition or whatever, just turn it over to a Liberal Democrat.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/17/2016 at 12:14 pm:
How about those Republicans and Democrats up in Raleigh for the "disaster relief" 'short' session!!!!
What can one say. the Republicans having their say on some other items of business!!! Can't really blame them though, they had some mighty good teachers for about 100 years. Believe they are called Democrats. Isn't it unusual how both parties want to help those in need (hurricane Matthew and wild fires) when it comes to disasters. BUT when it comes to "helping the entire state" they come right back to their political party senses and vote right along party lines. Is there some kind of bulb that goes off in their heads when it comes to working together and it tells them they better vote along "party lines". Makes me think of the early days of the telephone in this area. We had "PARTY LINES" and ooooh-weeee was there some gossiping going on on those lines. Could it be that that is where the current political parties got the expression "ALONG PARTY LINES"? On well, it's not anything that some time on the knees before God can't straighten out. He gives us that time every day but especially on His day the Lord's Day. See yourself in the church house tomorrow. Was just wondering, does the NC Legislature start it's "short sessions" with a "short prayer"? Maybe they should start it with a long prayer and then make it a true "short session". Hallelujah, and pass the legislation not the gravy. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR FRIENDS UP IN CHARLOTTE.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/16/2016 at 1:12 pm:
Trump did not ‘ask’ Russia to hack the DNC’s emails; his suggestion that they do so was clearly ‘tongue-in-cheek’, and was jokingly offered up as a counterpoint to THEIR criticism of Trump, because it was Trump who made the initial observation that perhaps the election was being rigged, and Democrats mocked him over the suggestion. Apparently, Trump was correct, and they were not. The founder of WikiLeaks—Julian Assange—has confirmed that it was NOT the Russians who hacked into the DNC’s emails. It was Assange himself who released the damaging emails from the DNC, demonstrating that it was campaign chairman John Podesta who was orchestrating the discrediting of Bernie Sander’s campaign, among other things. Assange is not revealing who his source was for the hacked emails.

As for the findings of the intelligence agencies—very clearly (and publicly) it is known that the FBI (under Director John Comey) does not agree with the findings of the CIA (under the leadership of John Brennan). It is Brennan who is behind the anti-Russian rumors, not the FBI, and clearly the two do not agree. Your assertion about the agreed-upon findings of 17 different intelligence agencies is incorrect.
Billy Butler Billy Butler from Bladenboro/Charlotte wrote on 12/16/2016 at 1:20 am:
I must rescind my support in any Way for President elect Donald Trump. I cannot support any Man or Woman who publicly denies the findings of 17 of Our smartest Intelligence Agencies and defends Vladimere Putin for His role in swaying Our Election Process. Especially when Trump publically asked Russia to hack and find Hillary Clinton's lost E-mails. This is seditionist Treason at best !
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/15/2016 at 10:23 pm:
Interesting to note that, now that the liberal Left has lost the election, they are claiming it is time to get rid of the Electoral College. Typical of the Left. If they don't like something, they want to ban it. To liberals, the Constitution is a bothersome document that needs to be abolished or navigated around, never something to be embraced. Apparently, some of these critics never had a lesson in civics or American government, and have no idea whatsoever as to WHY we have the Electoral College in the first place!

If Hillary Clinton had won the electoral vote, they would be in love with the Electoral College. But, the liberal Left plays by whatever rules give them a win. They don't care how they GET to the win, they just insist on the win. So, now that the election did not go their way, they insisted on a vote recount which, by all accounts, has not gone their way. OR, they are trying to convince electors from the College to change their vote commitment, and not vote for Donald Trump. OR, failing that, they are trying to convince us that it was the Russians who enabled Donald Trump to get elected, and that the whole election was really a set-up. OR, they insist that it has been ‘fake news’ stories which favored Trump, and which offered up stories that made Hillary Clinton look bad. (heck, she does that all by herself!)

Seriously, folks….?? Doesn’t all of this strike you as ‘grasping at straws’?? Will this silliness never end? When will the liberal Leftists and progressive Democrats finally pull up their big-boy panties and realize that, just because they didn’t get their way, that’s no cause for temper tantrums and throwing pouty little hissy-fits!

The conservative right needs to have this "win at all costs" mentality, too. I'm convinced that only Trump had that mentality on the Republican side. That's why the rest of the GOP contenders went nowhere. When your opponent is unwilling to embrace the rules, you’d better be prepared to fight fire with fire. Trump is certainly not a smooth orator, but he’s a fighter, and that’s what America needs right now. Eight years of an articulate, but waffling socialist/Marxist, is enough.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/11/2016 at 10:32 pm:
It is sadly pathetic that our first African-American President will be judged in history as the most inept, corrupt, wasteful, subversive, destructive, and divisive President that has ever held the office. A man twice-elected because of the color of his skin, and not the content of his character.

One presumes he will give up the office to the newly-elected President on Jan. 20, but…don’t discount the possibility of underhanded (and possibly illegal) chicanery on the part of the radical, extremist Left. Hillary Clinton and her sycophants are not done yet, and neither is Obama. They don’t take losing this past election well, and retribution (aka ‘revenge’) is not outside the realm of possibility. I predict some chaotic political drama between now and Jan. 20.
Kenneth Crenshaw Kenneth Crenshaw from Bladenboro wrote on 12/11/2016 at 8:05 pm:
"Expect the next four years to be a daily and unending litany of whining, complaints, and sniffling, from the same overly-sensitive crybabies that brought us the dysfunctional, liberal/progressive ‘status quo’ nonsense from Hillary Clinton and Barry Obama."

How is that different from any other presidency? When a democrat is in office all the republicans will whine and vice versa. Everyone seems to forget it's the same thing every four years...
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/09/2016 at 10:53 pm:
How dare Trump win the presidency, and then select competent people with real-world experience relating directly to the positions they will fill? Where are the cronies? The campaign contribution bundlers? The community organizers? The career politicians? Heck, Hillary had them all lined up!

No, instead, THIS guy picks retired Generals to head the military, security, and intelligence departments! Where are the ‘yes’ men? The weak-willed sycophants? What kind of Republican chicanery IS this? Doesn’t Trump know that veterans have no place in our government?

Expect the next four years to be a daily and unending litany of whining, complaints, and sniffling, from the same overly-sensitive crybabies that brought us the dysfunctional, liberal/progressive ‘status quo’ nonsense from Hillary Clinton and Barry Obama.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/09/2016 at 4:21 pm:
Reading "Thoughts While Shaving" for today made me think of a true story that happened to the famous preacher Rev. D L Moody. Seems he was preaching a series of sermons and at one of the services he found a piece of paper with the word FOOL on the podium. Upon finding the piece of paper he thought for a moment and made this comment, "I have been written many a letter with no authors name attached during the years of my ministry, but this is the first time a person has ever left their name but no letter attached". Not a bad idea to always stop and think before answering. Believe Rev. Moody came up with a gem by taking a few moments to properly respond to the letter the FOOL did not write.

On the other hand, the so called (progressive/liberal) professional news people are still trying to understand how Donald Trump is going to become President of the United States on January 20,2017. Their still trying to find ways to deny him that right. So much "poppy cock" as evidenced by the article in todays FO newspaper entitled "Electors, it's your move". Seems they still haven't realized the American people are feed up with major news media of our country and the status quo. Go on anyway President-elect Trump and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
Janice Butler Ryckeley Janice Butler Ryckeley from Dublin, NC wrote on 12/06/2016 at 10:31 am:
Merry Christmas to all as we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ, the Reason for the Season!
Kenneth Crenshaw Kenneth Crenshaw from Bladenboro wrote on 12/06/2016 at 12:50 am:
I also agree that I've never known anyone to get upset by saying Merry Christmas and I don't think that anyone does. I have, however, known more that one person to get upset by "Happy Holidays". I don't get it. It's just another way to say Merry Christmas, or what have you. No more, no less.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 12/05/2016 at 10:33 pm:
@Everyone on the subject of Christmas v holidays. Been around for a while, more than three score and ten. There was a time that Merry Christmas was the only greeting; of course, leading up to Thanksgiving folks would wish each other Happy Thanksgiving; then after Christmas passed, folks would wish each other Happy New Year. While wishing each other Merry Christmas it was a given that if one of another faith was wished a Merry Christmas they took it to mean a recognition of whatever holiday they celebrated. Amazing thing was that personally, I never heard of anyone of any faith getting upset about the greeting of Merry Christmas.

We have had folks of the Jewish faith in Bladen County for many more years than I have been alive; here of late we have many folks of the Mexican decent as well as many others who celebrate holidays in different ways. If I decided to live in any nation where they celebrate a different holiday and they wished me a happy holiday I would simply take it as Merry Christmas. I have had that privilege a couple of times in my life and to this day I have never been insulted when the folks of those countries wished me a Merry Christmas by using their holidays name. There is an old saying that goes something along the lines of "when in Rome do as the Romans do".

As a Christian don't expect me to accept any other holiday that displaces the BIRTH OF THE SON GOD. "And his name shall be called Jesus". By the way, there is a secular side of Christmas and there is a spiritual side of Christmas. What is displayed in any store during any holiday that has a Christians basis certainly does not represent the Christian aspect of that holiday. Celebrate all we want to, but we better not mess around with God's Son. And on that note I'll go ahead and wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS with the understanding that I hope each person will have joy while celebrating their holiday with their family. If by chance anyone is unsure of what Christians celebrate on December 25, you can find out more by attending a service at any church house between now and the 25 and on into the New Year.

One last thing on Christmas. Many folks are at odds about this character. Santa Claus. Last Friday evening I was over in the Boro for the lighting of the Christmas tree. During a break when no small children were visiting him I went over and sat on the right arm of the chair he was using. My conversation with him went along this line; greeted him and thanked him for helping the children with their Christmas wishes. Then the conversation turned to his attire. First, he had on a black belt and black boots, this color represents the sins of he world that our Saviour Christ was born into this world to wash away with His precious blood. Second, the Saviour Christ blood is represented by the abundance of the color red on Santa's attire. Think about all the amount of the color red that we see around Christmas. Thirdly, white on Santa's attire represents how we are seen in the sight of Almighty God after His Son's precious blood it applied to our sins. Santa agreed with my story about his suit. Get your Bible down and read about BLACK-sins of humanity; Red-the blood of the Son of God that was shed for our sins; and WHITE-as we appear in God's sight after the application of the blood to our sins. Praise God for our SC-Saviour Christ and thank God for SC-Santa Claus-he is a pretty good guy also.
Kenneth Crenshaw Kenneth Crenshaw from Bladenboro wrote on 12/05/2016 at 6:18 pm:
Yeah, I always thought saying Happy Holidays was to include all the holidays that are right there together (Christmas, New Years, and even Thanksgiving) plus it does include Hanukkah and Kwanza and any other holiday people may celebrate. Wanting to exclude people doesn't seem to be in the Christmas spirit either, does it?
Also, anyone who thinks there's an "attack" on Christmas hasn't been to any major chain store since even before Halloween when they started putting everything on the shelves.
Ashley Kinlaw Ashley Kinlaw from Bladenboro wrote on 12/05/2016 at 2:20 pm:
I do not believe anyone saying holiday instead of Christmas is doing so because they are afraid or because they are being "PC". I believe they are doing so to be inclusive and respectful. Not because they have to but because they want to.
There is no "war on Christmas". I hear folks on tv say Christmas all the time.. The way I see it is that there isn't a sure fire way for a sales person(for example) to know which holiday/religion the customer celebrates so saying happy holidays is the best way to wish that person a wonderful holiday season. I have never heard of anyone celebrating Hanukkah getting offended by someone saying Merry Christmas to them but I imagine it makes them feel pretty good when they are included.
I have, however, heard of some who celebrate Christmas being offended by folks saying happy holidays for as long as I can remember. Actually, I have heard them being offended by lots of silliness. Red Starbucks cups for one.
We are a country made up of many backgrounds, religions, and cultures and that is a very beautiful thing.
I also think people say happy holidays to include Thanksgiving through New Years. So, enjoy your holidays however you choose to celebrate and respect how others celebrate theirs.
Janice Butler Ryckeley Janice Butler Ryckeley from Dublin, NC wrote on 12/04/2016 at 10:05 pm:
Mr. Schaeffer, thank you for the explanation of Chanukah and the significance of the menorah. You are well-spoken, well read and eloquent. I learned years ago of the correlation between the Torah and the first five chapters of the Old Testament (the Pentateuch) where Passover is discussed in Deuteronomy Chapter 6. One day I accidentally ran across a mezuzah and one of our Jewish friends told me all about it, reading to me in Hebrew. We understand the concept of Passover as Christians and share a genuine for love our Jewish friends, the same people from whence Christ arose. Humble Gentiles that we are, we have a mezuzah on our door for all the reasons celebrated in our Bible. In this world, we are students. During my tour in the Persian Gulf War, I witnessed my coworkers' reports of evidence of the Exodus in the Middle East with scripture in Chapters 16-17 where Moses struck the rock, giving water at Massah and Meribah. I know where Job is buried. I saw his tomb site. It is a fact. As students of the Bible and Christ Child, in our home, we wish to learn and understand more of the Sovereign G-d of Israel. (For those for wish to know, many of the Jewish faith believe we as humans are too sinful to write His Name, thus the hyphen.) What a timely & reverent approach to a Sovereign Lord and thank you for your willingness to teach. Knowledge applied well is truly powerful - BOL has opened doors to topics meriting community attention. Knowledge and education brings us together. With all respect, Happy Chanukah and Hanukah!
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/03/2016 at 10:38 pm:
While we are discussing the joy of the Christmas season, let us not forget that, for many Americans, this particular holiday season ushers in more than the holiday of one particular faith. On the 24th of this month, some of us observe Chanukah…which IS a holiday, per se, but it is much, much more, and given the significance of this American election year, it is of particular significance.


Most people, Protestants in particular, are dimly aware of ‘that other holiday’—you know, the Jewish one--and they are aware that, like Christmas, it most often involves gift-giving, and celebrations, and lots of gift cards, dreidel games, and good food. And that's fine, as long as no one asks the more serious question, "Well, what's it all about, and why do you observe this particular day? And what’s with that candelabra with the 9 candles on it??” With a nod to my acquaintance, Daniel Greenfield, let me offer the following:


For most Americans, altho Chanukah appears to overlap with Christmas, there is no similarity between the two. The more accurate description of Chanukah would be as a celebration of divine aid in a military campaign against tyrannical oppression. It is the story of a priestly family, and of the people of Israel, who rose up against the brutal occupation of the Syrian emperor Antiochus and defeated him, thus liberating Jerusalem and rededicating the Temple for worship. Thus, what Chanukah celebrates is the physical and moral resistance to the subversion of Jewish traditions and beliefs. It remembers both the armed resistance of the people, and the moral awakening that liberated Jerusalem, and which connected the Jewish people once again with their God.


Night by night, the lighting of each candle of the menorah notes the story of the time when the forces of the priestly Maccabeean family entered Jerusalem, drove out the occupying enemy armies, and reclaimed their people's culture and religion. The light of the flame was a powerful message sent across time, that even in the darkest hour, hope was not lost, and Divine Providence would not abandon the Jewish people. However, time did pass, and eventually the rule of the Maccabeeans fell. Jerusalem was re-occupied and ethnically cleansed, over and over again. And yet--the menorah burned on, even as it does to this day. During that fateful time, however, there was only enough oil to keep the lamp in the Temple burning for one day, but miraculously, it lasted for eight—enough time for the people to replace it, and rededicate its use in holy worship to the Almighty God.


But there is more to this story than just the dust of an old military victory. The Maccabees did not merely rise up against physical oppression. Israel had, and would, face that challenge over and over again. They rose up against a government effort aimed at subverting and eradicating their religious, cultural and historical identity. Chanukah, in fact, is a holiday of resistance. It remains a stark reminder, even to this day, to never give up, not in the face of overwhelming physical odds, or against an arrogant, liberal moral order that sneers at us with contempt for being who we are as Americans.


You may see a menorah or two around town, and I hope that you do. The light of the menorah on Chanukah is a signal that has been kept lit for thousands of years. It is not only the story of a people known as the Maccabees, standing up to the tyranny of Antiochus, and fighting for the right of the Jewish people to live in their own land, under their own rule, and on their own terms. Chanukah is a reminder, that no matter what the imposed moral order of the day might suggest--our culture, our values, and our religion are worth fighting for. We would ALL do well to learn this lesson from the story of Chanukah.
Janice Butler Ryckeley Janice Butler Ryckeley from Dublin wrote on 12/03/2016 at 10:55 am:
Have you noticed how beautiful the trees, lights and decorations are this year? Don't the trees and fresh evergreens smell wonderful! Every year for years the Peanut Plant ( a landmark in Dublin) places a star on their warehouse. Even though the plant is undergoing change, I hope they will place the star up again this year. All for the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ!
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 12/03/2016 at 9:29 am:
What a football game!!!!! The Eagles gave it a great shot and unfortunately came up 2 points short. Good to see such a large contingent of fans supporting the Eagles How about that neighing slobbering horse sound played over the PA system at the Stallions games. Sort of wears on the mind after a while; the only solution is to keep them from scoring and keep that horse silent. Pretty hard to do this year. If they haven't already, maybe someone in the Eagle family can get a recording of the sound an eagle makes when it is and has swooped down on its prey and play it after the Eagles score first downs, touchdowns, two and one point conversions, and field goals. How about that, a field goal would have won it for the Eagles last night, etc. With all these scoccer players out there, looks like one could come on the football team for just such an occasion as the end of last nights game Oh well, there is always next year..

How about Bladenboro having angels blowing trumpets to herald the birth of the new born king, Christmas trees, candles, and that old standby the trusty snowflake among their Christmas decorations. Come on over if you are tired of just the trusty snowflake. "Baby it is cold outside" this morning. Those collards should be tasting even better next time some from the fall garden are cooked.

Bundle up and come on over to the Boro for the CHRISTMAS parade; we'll leave the "holiday" parades to places like Wilmington. Has anyone noticed, it seems the news casters on TV are almost afraid to say the word CHRISTMAS. Better to use it now than have to face the consequences of not using it later.
Herb Mcintyre Herb Mcintyre from Cypess Creek wrote on 12/02/2016 at 7:19 pm:
@GC - does God not care about the fertilized egg? Is it not a human being. Does the woman not kill the human being by denying it the chance to implant?
Herb Mcintyre Herb Mcintyre from Cypess Creek wrote on 12/02/2016 at 6:45 pm:
@G.C. Why would that matter? The fertilized egg still dies. She caused it.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 12/02/2016 at 4:41 pm:
How can it be abortion if a female has not been told she is pregnant? Is every egg that is not fertilized because of the birth control pill called an abortion? If so, a major portion of the female population is guilty of abortion. By the same token, a female who is forced into unwanted sex by taking the "morning after" pill is assured an unwanted pregnancy will not occur. Once a pregnancy occurs only God should be in charge of what happens to that life. For in the final analysis, ONLY God gives and sustains life.

On a different note, some people think it is a sin to even take the birth control pill. Maybe we can call in the Dugger family to comment on that. God have mercy on us one and all.
Herb McIntyre Herb McIntyre from Cypress Creek wrote on 12/02/2016 at 12:22 pm:
G C Bryan-”By the way don't use my sister-in-laws faith to try to get me riled up.”

And my sweet daughter-in-law's faith as well. I well remember the attacks on the faith of JFK by the Baptists during the election of 1960. I assumed you were a pure blooded Baptist.

G C Bryan- By the way, when I say "morning after" pill I literally mean the morning after. Is saving and could literally save all anguish about what happens in the case of rape, incest, and any unwanted pregnancy. 

Since the “morning after pill” allows a fertilized egg to pass through the birth canal, it is just another form of abortion in your eyes…. Right?
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/02/2016 at 10:53 am:
@Herb. Don't forget the "morning after" pill!!!! Maybe you can enlighten us Catholic loving folks on that subject. By the way don't use my sister-in-laws faith to try to get me riled up. She, like the Pope, and Mary the mother of Jesus were sinners saved by grace. How about that, Jesus was not only Mary's son He was her Saviour. God bless our Catholic brothers and sisters. Thank God and pass the gravy.

By the way, when I say "morning after" pill I literally mean the morning after. Is saving and could literally save all anguish about what happens in the case of rape, incest, and any unwanted pregnancy. Hasn't the birth control pill done the same over the last several decades?
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/01/2016 at 11:06 pm:
Noted with great interest that Donald Trump has launched a “Thank-You America” tour, in response to his election victory over Hillary Clinton.

This seems to be a bit of a contrast to the “Apology” tour which Obama launched, once he was elected back in ’08.

The differences between the two could hardly be starker. Trump advocates for a stronger, more successful America, and Obama apologized for our greatness, grovelling in front of other world leaders while obsequiously bleating about our oft-times arrogance and all our mistakes. Gee, thanks, Barry.

Trump isn’t even inaugurated yet, and he’s ALREADY attacking the jobs issue by negotiating a deal with Carrier to keep some of their jobs in America, instead of shipping them to Mexico, which is what they had originally announced that they were going to do. Obama, on the other hand, is on video from some months back noting that doing exactly what Trump just did….well, he said it can’t be done! Just can’t be done! I’m thinking Obama is regretting those words right about now.

Along those same lines, one can only be relieved and happy that Hillary Clinton did not get elected, because—given HER persona and venal attitude, there is NO WAY she could have, or even WOULD have, done what Donald Trump just did! She must be shriekingly furious at losing the election! Guess that’s why she seems to have disappeared off the stage of late. She’s so deranged, and probably so physically and/or mentally ill, that she can’t afford to be seen in public. I love it. As a nation, we lost nothing with her defeat, and we gained potentially everything by electing Donald Trump into the White House. I predict that Trump will shred whatever tattered legacy Obama thinks he still has, and I am laughing at the prospect!
Herb McIntyre Herb McIntyre from Cypress Creek wrote on 12/01/2016 at 9:38 pm:
@Wshaeffer - Hillary Clinton was/is a supporter of late-term abortions.

Nope, we clarified that – she takes the same position as you, late term abortions only in the case of health threat to the mother of death of the fetus. (See her previous quote)

"Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years in pediatric surgery I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life.”

Well, Dr. Koop must have been a Veterinarian. As he obviously never dealt with a pregnant woman on dialysis (serious kidney disease), ectopic pregnancies, Preclampsia, or uterine cancer. I could go on…. I’m married to a retired RN who spent a long time in the Obstetric side of medicine.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/01/2016 at 9:22 pm:
In an article following the last campaign debate, journalist Virginia Kruta noted the following (this is from her article in the Independent Journal Review, ‘Even Democrats Were Cringing When Hillary Gave Her 'Late Term Abortion' Answers’; Oct. 2016):

‘Clinton cited Roe vs. Wade's provision for “the life and health of the mother” in defense of her position, but a number of medical professionals do not back her up on that. Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (1982-1989, appointed by Ronald Reagan) made the following comments:

"Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years in pediatric surgery I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life.

If, toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother’s health, he will take the child by inducing labor or performing a Caesarean section. His intention is still to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby will be premature and perhaps immature depending on the length of gestation. Because it has suddenly been taken out of the protective womb, it may encounter threats to its survival. The baby is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger." ‘

‘But even more damning was this statement from Alan F. Guttmacher, the “father of Planned Parenthood”:

“Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness such as cancer or leukemia, and, if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life.” ‘

Your contention that rape or incest is a primary consideration is virtually inconsequential, and is of no significant influence insofar as this discussion is concerned. In addition, your contention that ‘quickening’ of the embryo must be the determining factor is a smokescreen argument deflecting from our original point, which is that Hillary Clinton was/is a supporter of late-term abortions. This is an abhorrent position, an abhorrent belief, and is repugnant to any thinking person with a sense of common decency and morality. As a nation, we can only be thankful and grateful that this demented harridan was defeated.
Herb McIntyre Herb McIntyre from Cypress Creek wrote on 12/01/2016 at 8:54 pm:
@Wshaeffer - It is clear to me that since your position is that a fertilized egg is a human being, and I do not believe this could be the case until at least quickening, there is no sense in discussing it.

They type of abortions you describe are late term abortions, done when the life of the mother is in danger or the death of the fetus. For some reason you are willing to allow these. These are always tragic situations. No woman carries a baby for 6 months and then cavalierly decides to throw it away. In the case of rape or incest I would still require the abortion to be done prior to quickening.

Since I feel that during the first 20 weeks the fetus is simply human tissue and not a human being I am willing to give the woman, whom I am sure is a human being, the benefit of choice.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/01/2016 at 8:03 pm:
You consider my position as extreme, and I consider it as reasoned.

You are telling us that a woman must ‘bear the burden’ of a rape for 9 months, as though the emotional trauma of that experience somehow justifies killing an infant in the womb? I’m not suggesting that I am not at all sympathetic to what such an ordeal must mean to a woman. I AM suggesting that your notion that it justifies KILLING the developing infant is stupendously appalling! Do you not see that there IS a difference, however difficult that it might be under the circumstances, between the traumatic ordeal that a woman might have faced, versus the wilful killing of a unborn child? You are telling me that—in YOUR opinion, and within YOUR belief system—it is entirely all right to dismember a human child from the womb, limb by limb? It’s okay to scald it, cuts its spinal cord with a knife and suck its brains out? It’s okay with you that it can be chemically scalded to death in the womb, and then later sucked out piece by piece….??? This is okay with you, because after all, the woman carrying that child went thru a bad circumstance?? You see this as a moral equivalent, is that right?

Let me put this another way: if a person can be declared dead when their heart stops, why can’t they be considered alive (and thus, human) when it starts? I’m not going to get into the science end of this, because science doesn’t determine morality, it doesn’t determine ethics, and it doesn’t determine for a society what its standards should be. Only right-minded, ethical, moral people can do that.

I believe the position of liberal/progressives regarding abortion to be a lie—a monstrous lie perpetrated onto the wombs of women everywhere, as though it represents sage, indisputable, settled wisdom, when in fact it is nothing of the sort. The fact that we have a Supreme Court which concurs with your point of view suggests to me that the morality of this country has sunk to the level of a cesspool. The fact that liberal/progressives tout this line of immoral thinking as though it represents some sort of enlightened, avante-garde, New Age thinking is stunningly arrogant.

Liberal/progressives have perpetrated a Holocaust upon our children, and they can proudly point to 50 million dead infant bodies as their crowning achievement. How disgusting. You are entitled to your position, however which way you want to equivocate it, and regardless of all the legal justifications you want to offer up in order to sanction it. But to me, it is indefensible. Abortion, as a “choice”, is wrong.
Herb McIntyre Herb McIntyre from Cypress Creek wrote on 12/01/2016 at 4:14 pm:
@Wshaefer - “Nothing I have said infers that the woman must be FORCED to raise a child conceived by violent or illicit means. “

No, you are are insisting a woman must carry the burden of her rape for the full nine months and then suffer the pains of forced on her by her rapist, turning her rape into a 9 month ordeal.

We will never have any ground in common as you believe that a fertilized egg is a human being, and I do not. I am willing to imbue that right of humanity at quickening, as I do not see science or religion giving us a clear answer. You consider this a radical position, but dare say no Court in this land will ever give legality to your extreme position.
Herb McIntyre Herb McIntyre from Cypress Creek wrote on 12/01/2016 at 4:03 pm:
@Tom Hales - Genesis 2: 7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

I would not take it so far as to say the first breath signifies the beginning of a human beings, but the Bible very often offers more than one conclusion.
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