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September 28, 2016

A recent letter signed by a few people was essentially a rant attempting to put down police in the U.S. as well as our entire justice system because some actions by the police have resulted in death.

That this has happened is true, but such actions have involved very few officers, yet the letter…

September 28, 2016

North Carolina voters won’t decide any statewide ballot referendums or initiatives in November.

In most other states, residents will vote on issues such as legalizing recreational or medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage, increasing cigarette taxes and prohibiting large-capacity…

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September 28, 2016

Serving in the military is like the ultimate crap shoot.

You might step on an IED and lose your life or lose your leg but you might do an entire tour of duty in the war zone and come back whole.

You just never know.

If you get wounded the government has to take care of you.

That's the deal.…

September 27, 2016

Every time someone throws away a dollar or more on a lottery ticket bought in North Carolina, it makes state officials very happy.

In 2015-16, the state found 2.39 billion reasons to be happy. That’s how much money the N.C. Education Lottery grossed in the last fiscal year.

On the one hand,…

September 27, 2016

I’ve lived in Rocky Mount all my life. I love this town and our good people here.

Over recent years, we have not always had the best of luck with jobs and growth. I believe that changed with the recent CSX Carolina Connector announcement.

What I’ve read and been told about this great…

September 27, 2016

My comment is to the people who cut grass.

Please stop blowing all the grass you cut out into the street.

You should turn your lawnmower to blow the grass into the yard you are cutting.

This makes the streets and neighborhoods look so nasty.

September 26, 2016

Young people have totally unrealistic expectations of marriage.

They have been coddled and sheltered and told all their lives they are brilliant and wonderful.

They expect to find in a marriage partner that same sort of idea.

Sorry but that person doesn't exist.

September 25, 2016

My comment is in response to the Speak Up on Sept. 7.

Police do not have too much power.

They have limitations and restraints as do all of us who have jobs.

Are there some who are too quick to anger?

Of course, however, there are many other occupations such as doctors, emergency response personnel,…

September 25, 2016

Congratulations to Piggly Wiggly grocery stores marking your 100th anniversary.

There are many qualities I enjoy about your store.

First, I enjoy the personal service.

Someone is always willing to help you and greeting you with a smile.

I appreciate that.

Also, I want to mention the grocery store…

September 24, 2016

I read the comment from the Speak Up caller in the paper on Sept. 3 and just had to shake my head. What that caller suggested is one of the oldest political tricks in the books.

That person knows that to suggest voters write in a candidate means it would take votes from the other candidate in that…

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