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July 02, 2016

Anybody who spends time in the working-class parts of America (and, one presumes, Britain) notices the contagions of drug addiction and suicide, and the feelings of anomie, cynicism, pessimism and resentment.

Part of this pain arises from deindustrialization. Good jobs are hard to find. But…

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July 02, 2016

Isn't it time we did something about the NRA and the strangle hold they have on the Congress? About 80 percent of American citizens want something to be done to curb gun violence, however, Congress is not going to do anything because the NRA says no.

The NRA looks at terrorists and potential…

July 01, 2016

I think of the patriotic songs of our country every time I think about Mill School that used to sit on the corner of Falls Road and River Drive. The school was smaller, no better than any other school I attended, but it was special because it was there that the seeds of patriotism were planted deep…

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July 01, 2016

I am calling with a comment about social workers. There are some good social workers and some bad social workers. There are too many social workers who refuse to do a job when people make complaints about abuse or neglect.

I would like to say to the ones who do their job, you deserve my accolades.…

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…

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