March 29, 2017

This coming April Fools’ Day can remind us that the meat, egg, and dairy industries have been playing us for fools year-round. Their more

remarkable hoaxes include “California's happy cows,” “free-range chickens,” and “humane slaughter.” All cruel…

March 29, 2017

Let's look back six years to the beginning of this Republican legislative era and ask: Has the GOP done what we, or at least I, expected?

On tax changes: Yes. They returned the sales tax to 6.75 percent, flattened the progressive income tax to one bracket, significantly cut taxes on upper income…


March 29, 2017

Mr. Young is convinced that human life begin at conception.

In my Bible it says God formed man from the dust and breathed into him the breath of life.

Life begins at the moment of birth when someone breathes in air.

March 28, 2017

Kevin C. got married last fall and moved from Wake to Harnett County “to get out of the city.” He thought his registration would be automatically updated with his driver’s license change of address. But when he showed up at the polls, he learned he wasn’t on the list of…


March 28, 2017

Lige Daughtridge is a trooper for the citizens of Rocky Mount. He fought tooth and nail with everything he could to prevent the city of Rocky Mount from building the downtown community facility from its conception. With facts and figures, he was constantly ignored by members of the Rocky Mount City…

March 27, 2017

Whatever Donald Trump has, it’s spreading.

We’ve got a president who makes things up, and won’t retract when he’s cornered. Last week press secretary Sean Spicer followed the leader. He picked up Trump’s wiretap story and added a new exciting detail: Not only had…


March 27, 2017

I just heard from The Retired Enlisted Association that the health care bill that was under consideration in the House of Representatives DOES in fact affect veterans eligible for VA health care and TRICARE-eligible retirees.

An otherwise qualified veteran or military retiree should not be…

March 27, 2017

It is disgusting to continue to read beer, beer, beer, its industry and the money that it is supposed to bring and how it is going to help Rocky Mount and Tarboro.

What a shame.

What are we adults supposedly trying to say to our young people? What is in their future?

Just drink and have fun?…

March 26, 2017

Not long af­ter the 115th Congress con­vened in Jan­uary, U.S. Sen. Thom Til­lis, R-N.C., is­sued a warn­ing to his GOP col­leagues in an opin­ion col­umn re­leased to the me­dia.

In it, he stated that de­spite claims he had heard from some of his…

March 26, 2017

My father was Darth Vader.

No, that doesn’t make me a Jedi Knight. My father was also Boss Hogg and a range of other bad guys. During his nearly two decades as principal of North Carolina’s largest elementary school, located in the Mecklenburg County community of Matthews, Harold Hood…

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