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July 26, 2017

While the legislature debated the state lottery years ago, a veteran lobbyist dismissed my argument that it would amount to state-sponsored gambling.

“Any fool knows that the odds of winning the lottery are so bad that you can’t call it gambling. It’s just fun.”

More than a…

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July 26, 2017

Your recent letter writer of July 21 claimed that many people “do not get any return on their money,” referring to paid insurance premiums.

He fails to acknowledge that all insurance is a hedge against risk. Auto insurance premiums pay for coverage for the possibility of a wreck, which…

July 26, 2017

I am calling in response to the person who thinks the presidential candidates should have to take an IQ test before they can run for president.

I think all the voters should have to take an IQ test as well because it seems like most of the voters don't know anything about the issues that are being…

July 25, 2017

Is Trumpcare finally dead? Even now, it’s hard to be sure, especially given Republican moderates’ long track record of caving in to extremists at crucial moments. But it does look as if the frontal assault on the Affordable Care Act has failed.

And let’s be clear: The reason this…

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July 25, 2017

I have a question: Why doesn't the city of Rocky Mount put up a camera so they can catch the people who are illegally dumping trash in the Battleboro community?

This is still within the city limits of Rocky Mount. I guess the residents of Rocky Mount don't mind paying for the cleanup of…

July 24, 2017

To all of Congress, governors and state representatives: We’d probably be happy to have your same health insurance. That’s all.

July 24, 2017

Wicked siblings willing to do anything for power. Secret deals with sworn enemies. The shock of a dead body. A Wall. Foreign bawds, guns for hire, and snakes. Back-stabbing, betrayal and charges of treason. Little birds spying and tattling. A maniacal mad king and his court of scheming, self-…

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July 23, 2017

Gov. Roy Cooper was right on the mark last week in declaring his staunch opposition to opening up North Carolina’s coast to offshore drilling. 

Cooper made the announcement Thursday on the beach at Fort Macon State Park in Cataret County, one day before the deadline for elected officials…

July 23, 2017

William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and a key orchestrator of protests against Republicans in the Tar Heel State, is a minister. He serves as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro.

Barber isn’t just a minister who engages in activism on the side.…

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July 23, 2017

I am calling because I want to say thank you to the city of Rocky Mount and Suddenlink.

We had a tree fall in the 700 block on June 20, early in the morning.

The crew was faithful and worked so hard to get the utilities up and running and Suddenlink came out and worked all day to get our services…

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