Opinion

June 29, 2016

It is not hard to give a cynical sideways glance at anything that comes out of a budget season in an election year, but nearly 5 percent pay raises for teachers still is a great move for legislators – politically and economically.

Budget adjustments were agreed upon Monday, and the result…

June 29, 2016

RALEIGH — In the days following North Carolina’s first gubernatorial debate of 2016, polls show Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper neck-and-neck in one of the more closely watched governor’s races in the country.

A Public Policy Polling survey released in…

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June 29, 2016

I recently read in the Speak up where a resident was whining about the street sweeper. I have been at this location for 16 years and there has never been a street sweeper on this street because it is not needed.

In my neighborhood, when some thoughtless person throws some litter out of their car,…

June 29, 2016

In regards to the city of Rocky Mount’s budget, the city manager states there will be no property tax increase.

Did he conveniently forget about of the 2.5 cents property tax rate hike that he requested and that was approved by the City Council for his event center?

June 29, 2016

I just made a trip by U.S. 301 to Whitakers, expecting to see another Thomas A. Betts Parkway. Was I disappointed!

They closed the highway near Battleboro for all those months and only improved the bridges and the road between the bridges.

How long will it be before they close the road again and…

June 28, 2016

Nothing connects a community quite like sports can. Ask anyone from Cleveland – or do not even ask, just look at Facebook and Twitter.

In the city of Rocky Mount, one local college has been testing out a new program to introduce youth to tennis.

The program has exceeded the expectations of…

June 28, 2016

Have we been here before? I know – it feels as if the internet, virtual reality, Donald Trump, Facebook, sequencing of the human genome and machines that can reason better than people constitute a change in the pace of change without precedent. But we actually have been through an…

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June 27, 2016

I am so excited to tell you that we’re returning to the question of whether or not Hillary Clinton threw a vase at her husband in the White House.

Really, this one hasn’t come up for about 20 years. But Gary Byrne says he saw the pieces! In a box!

Byrne is a former Secret Service…

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June 27, 2016

I am very disappointed in U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

During her interview, she was asked if she agreed if the president's action on granting amnesty by executive action and she answered yes, while knowing that he is not legally able to change laws.

Here I am disappointed again as she…

June 26, 2016

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…

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