January 16, 2018

If government gives you a cash handout or a “free” service and you are capable of working, studying, or providing service to the community in exchange for your public assistance, should you be obligated to do so?

Most conservatives say yes. Most progressives say no. Most Americans agree…


January 16, 2018

It may be time to start paying college football players. Not college basketball players, though. They have it easy, by comparison.

College basketball generates huge money, like college football. But basketball players don’t take the beating that foot ball players do. Also, college…

January 16, 2018

We spend all of this time, money and effort preparing the roads in anticipation of a winter storm's arrival.

We pre-treat the roads and then the storm comes and people drive along as if nothing has changed.

Well everything has changed.

If the government would take some of its vehicles and put them…

January 15, 2018

Our subject today is Donald Trump’s mind.

Not the speculation about whether he’s losing his marbles. That was during our “Fire and Fury” period last week.

Now we’re thinking about that lovely bipartisan meeting the president hosted Tuesday with members of Congress…


January 15, 2018

This is a comment to Mike Armstrong.

Hallelujah, you have said exactly what I thought and what many of the good citizens of Rocky Mount are also feeling.

Hiring someone for a salary of $120,000 is crazy.

That, of course, is like you said – double what most of the good citizens get paid.…

January 14, 2018

A plan to remove Nash County from the 7th Judicial District would cause major problems for the area.

Republican-backed legislation to redraw the state’s judicial districts would do just that, splitting Rocky Mount into separate judicial districts at the county line.

The bill would place Nash…

January 14, 2018

Everybody agrees society is in a bad way, but what exactly is the main cause of the badness? Some people emphasize economic issues: The simultaneous concentration of wealth at the top and the stagnation in the middle has delegitimized the system. People like me emphasize cultural issues: If you…


January 14, 2018

In the Jan. 5 Telegram my beloved brother, the Rev. Billy Graham, wrote an article about the Second Coming of Jesus, saying that “the time for Christ’s return was coming closer.”

I am a 77-year-old minister and this is the same message I preached for decades. But late in life I…

January 14, 2018

I am calling in reference to a suggestion.

There are a lot of events in the Rocky Mount, Nash and Tarboro areas that the readers and the citizens of these areas are not aware of.

I get the newspaper daily and I am constantly reading about events that have taken place.

It would be wonderful if the…

January 13, 2018

We have had a long drought of stagnant wages, large numbers of people dropping out of the job market, high unemployment and big corporations hoarding their money. The financial rainfall coming from tax reform is a welcome sight.

American Airlines is handing out $1,000 bonuses to its employees. So…

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