July 23, 2017

Gov. Roy Cooper was right on the mark last week in declaring his staunch opposition to opening up North Carolina’s coast to offshore drilling. 

Cooper made the announcement Thursday on the beach at Fort Macon State Park in Cataret County, one day before the deadline for elected officials…

July 23, 2017

William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and a key orchestrator of protests against Republicans in the Tar Heel State, is a minister. He serves as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro.

Barber isn’t just a minister who engages in activism on the side.…


July 23, 2017

I am calling because I want to say thank you to the city of Rocky Mount and Suddenlink.

We had a tree fall in the 700 block on June 20, early in the morning.

The crew was faithful and worked so hard to get the utilities up and running and Suddenlink came out and worked all day to get our services…

July 23, 2017

Those liberals who want to ban guns and are against Second Amendment rights say the number of gun murders is down.

They say the incidence of gun-related violence is down.

That may be, but the number of mass shootings is way up.

Hardly a week goes by that we are not notified about a mass shooting…

July 23, 2017

I find it amazing that we still have young people willing to step up and serve in the military especially after 16 years of war and all the turmoil in the world.

That really says something. You have to be committed to do that.

Commitment is not something that is very popular these days.…

July 22, 2017

Earlier this year we had no choice as to the eventual Rocky Mount Sports Event Center that is billed as the saving grace to bring much more revenue to our city. The council and mayor had decided on the center even though many citizens objected. One can only pray we do not follow in the footsteps of…

July 22, 2017

By the standards of the Francis papacy, things were rather quiet in Rome for much of 2017. The great controversy of the previous two years, the debate over communion for the divorced and remarried, had entered a kind of stalemate, with bishops the world over disagreeing and the pope himself keeping…


July 22, 2017

I read Speak Up everyday. There is never anything good happening anywhere and never will be until we as Americans put God first and people show more love than hate. Hold your babies and love them so they will know how to love.

July 21, 2017

I’m not in the habit of recommending left-wing French intellectuals, but I’m beginning to think that Pierre Bourdieu is helpful reading in the age of Donald Trump. He was born in 1930, the son of a small-town postal worker. By the time he died in 2002, he had become perhaps the…


July 21, 2017

Why is everyone fixated on health insurance to pay for health expenses?

Many healthy people pay premiums for years and never file any claims; i.e., they don’t get any return on their money. They pay expenses out-of-pocket or with their HSA funds. I have been paying premiums for 10 years, and…

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