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August 16, 2017

Rural Americans feel “trapped” in their communities, stuck in unfavorable financial situations but unable, for both practical and lifestyle reasons, to move to more economically vibrant areas — so says a fascinating article in the Aug. 3 edition of The Wall Street Journal. While…

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August 16, 2017

Almost daily we are told by health care providers that health care is a right not a privilege, but many Republican lawmakers tell a different story. They have ceased to advocate for the needs of their constituents for more profitable results by catering to the already rich. These lawmakers seem to…

August 16, 2017

This call is to educate the person who said if you add up all the people who are on Medicare, Medicaid, government employees and so forth, they all get free health care.

This person does not have sense enough to know Medicare is not free.

We pay for it each month and as a former government employee,…

August 15, 2017

I was talking the other day to a wise executive friend and he recalled for me something his favorite boss liked to say: When people rise to the top of an organization and get power, they usually do one of two things: “They either swell or they grow.”

Donald Trump has swollen.

Every…

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August 15, 2017

I assume, based on the following two incidents, that our city council does not have written rules for their personal conduct and ethical behavior when conducting city business.

The two incidents are:

■ Councilman Knight telling the mayor at a recent meeting, “I will caucus and shove four…

August 15, 2017

It looks like the only way to solve the crime problem here in Rocky Mount is to get a new police chief.

August 14, 2017

Aug. 14-18 is National Community Health Center Week, when we celebrate our good fortune in having a health care safety net right in our own community; Freedom Hill Community Health Center.

Each year, I like to reflect on the changes I have seen as a member of the board of directors…

August 14, 2017

It’s been a busy time for border wall aficionados. Seems like every day there’s a new dramatic development:

The House passed a bill that would pony up nearly $1.6 billion for the first stretch of Donald Trump’s pet project.

Then there was the release of the transcript of…

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August 14, 2017

I was reading the paper and someone called in and made the statement if you add up all the people on Medicaid, Medicare, and government employees, they all get their health care for free.

They need to go back and do some investigating.

I am on Medicare and I pay more than $100 per month and more…

August 13, 2017

Police officers put their lives on the line every time they button their uniforms. They have tough jobs made all the tougher in 2017 by the prevalence of phone cameras, social media and pesky critics. We're grateful for every one of these brave men and women in Rocky Mount, the Twin Counties and…

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