February 19, 2017

Memories of Rocky Mount in the early 1940’s

Memories of my childhood are flooding back after reading about the history of Rocky Mount recently in the Rocky Mount Telegram.

I was born and raised in Rocky Mount on what is now the historical Mill village at 12 Carr Street, but currently now…

February 19, 2017

What was just a dream of a proposal a few months ago for Edgecombe County Public Schools officials suddenly looks to become a reality next year thanks to an endowment from an anonymous donor.

The Edgecombe County Board of Education last week approved a new initiative to offer qualified students the…

February 19, 2017

Smokers treat the whole world as if it is their ashtray.

I get so tired of it.

I thought this new law would help.I don't know that it hasn’t made things worse.

Before, the smoker would take his cigarette into the establishment and put it in an ashtray.Now they just sling them out in parking…

February 19, 2017

The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political discourse. While objections to her lack of experience in government were understandable, critics went far beyond that to attack her character and question…


February 18, 2017

President Trump has scared everyone to death; that is the ones who don't like him because he has gotten into office trying to do a great job trying to get us back on track.

So to all of you who believe he is such a bad person and protesting against him, you need to grow up because he is doing what…

February 18, 2017

It is perhaps symbolic that the North Carolina legislature is one of only three in the country with its own building — and not just any building but one designed by the same architect responsible for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

In most states, legislatures…


February 17, 2017

Compromise has been described as the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.

By that definition, we suppose, Gov. Roy Cooper's attempt to find a palatable way to repeal House Bill 2 has failed. His compromise proposal this week seemed to leave both…

February 17, 2017

How should one resist the Trump administration? Well, that depends on what kind of threat Donald Trump represents.

It could be that the primary Trump threat is authoritarianism. It is hard to imagine America turning into full fascism, but it is possible to see it sliding into the sort of…


February 17, 2017

Our city leaders said our utility bills here in Rocky Mount were going down. It hasn't even been cold but one week and my electric bill continues to rise each month.

I often wonder if some neighborhoods are subsidizing others and cannot wait for higher taxes to pay for an event center, which…

February 16, 2017

The peak of Donald Trump’s presidency, so far and perhaps forever, happened before he became the president. It was the deal he struck with Carrier, the Indiana air-conditioning company, to keep a factory open and jobs in the United States. No moment was so triumphantly Trumpian; nothing has…

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