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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…

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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…

July 21, 2017

I want to encourage everyone to obey the speed limit when driving in Rocky Mount.

It has become a real problem.

I see wrecks often at the intersection of Winstead Avenue and Sunset Avenue.

Please drive safely. Obey the speed limit.

July 20, 2017

There has been a rash of letters recently calling former President Barack Obama a liar. One writer cited Politifact as his source of information. If the writers had bothered to attempt some semblance of integrity, they would have looked at the Poltifact scorecard for Donald Trump. If they had, they…

July 20, 2017

I worship Charlize Theron, the “Atomic Blonde” trailer is a hoot, and I love the story she keeps sharing with interviewers about training so hard for the fight scenes that she cracked several teeth.

But please stop telling me that “Atomic Blonde,” on the heels of…

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July 20, 2017

Separation of church and state is one of those things that only appears to go one way.

Some of our churches preach politics from sun up to sundown, and as such, they are a little more than thinly veiled political indoctrination centers.

July 19, 2017

I have noticed that around every Memorial Day or July 4th, the media and public messages have intensified their nationalistic bent over the years. The aim seems to be to coax the public to unquestionably support military adventures by our government regardless of their purposes.…

July 19, 2017

The fiscal crises in two states have liberals and conservatives chortling in glee.

Liberal Connecticut and conservative Kansas are both in fiscal trouble, so conservatives point northward and liberals midwestward and say, “We told you that doesn’t work.”

Looking at the two states,…

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July 19, 2017

The Armed Forces provide national defense.

That is important.

You might say the police and law enforcement provide neighborhood defense, and that is important, too.

Without the law enforcement community, the bad guys would have a field day, running rampant and taking control.

The police and law…

July 18, 2017

To the casual observer, Israel has never looked more secure and prosperous. Its Arab neighbors are in disarray. Iran’s nuclear program has been mothballed for a while. The Trump team could not be friendlier and the Palestinians could not be weaker. All’s quiet on the Tel Aviv front. ...…

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