June 26, 2016 - 41 minutes ago

The power of the gun lobby was on full display last week on Capitol Hill as a series of modest gun control measures were defeated in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

As happened in the aftermath of a series of deadly shootings in the past few years, attempts to broaden…

June 26, 2016 - 41 minutes ago

As the general election campaign begins in North Carolina, you can expect to hear a lot about Kansas.

Yes, I can read a map. Kansas and North Carolina aren’t exactly neighbors. But when it comes to fiscal policy, critics of Gov. Pat McCrory and the N.C. General Assembly in Raleigh would…


June 26, 2016 - 41 minutes ago

Patsy Pridgen and others, the reason your hydrangea bushes do not bloom is too much pruning.

They only bloom on old stalks.

June 26, 2016 - 41 minutes ago

Once again the Republican Party has come to the rescue of the citizens of Rocky Mount and Nash County.

For 24 years, every taxpayer white, black, Hispanic, in Rocky Mount has been unfairly forced to pay the bills of Edgecombe County.

It is just as unfair for Rocky Mount residents to pay to educate…

June 25, 2016

This pope is very conservative, in fact you may call him ultraconservative.

He doesn't believe in marrying a young couple who comes to him and the woman is pregnant.


You would think that is the type of couple you would want to marry to form a family, but he says no.

The horse is already out of…

June 24, 2016

Some kids screw up in serious ways. They break into homes, take things that do not belong to them, run around with the wrong crowd and seem headed for trouble.

When they are caught doing something like that at age 15, they enter North Carolina’s juvenile justice system, a network of resources…

June 24, 2016

I’ve been traveling around to the most economically stressed parts of this country.

You see a lot of dislocation on a trip like this. In New Mexico, for example, I met some kids who lost their parents — to drugs, death, deportation or something else.

They get run through a bunch of…


June 24, 2016

After reading the Rocky Mount Telegram on a daily basis, it is quite clear that the best letter writer you have is Julia Manning.

Her writing style is not only professional, it is easy to follow.

Also, she is very well informed.

You should hire her to write at least two letters per month.

It would…

June 23, 2016

The N.C. General Assembly would do the people of North Carolina a huge favor by taking a thoughtful look at public records and open meetings law. A bill in the N.C. House calls for a study committee to take up that mission. Here is hoping for its speedy passage.

Ordinary citizens run into all kinds…

June 23, 2016

He won’t pivot. So I have to.

Having seen Donald Trump as a braggadocious but benign celebrity in New York for decades, I did not regard him as the apotheosis of evil. He seemed more like a toon, a cocky huckster swanning around Gotham with a statuesque woman on his arm and skyscrapers…

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