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August 22, 2017

AL UDEID, Qatar – I’ve been on the road since the Charlottesville killing. I am traveling around the Arab world and Afghanistan with the chief of the U.S. Air Force, Gen. David Goldfein; his civilian boss, the Air Force secretary, Heather Wilson; and their aides. We’re…

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August 22, 2017

I am calling in regards to the removal of the Confederate memorial on Falls Road down at Battle Park.

I think if the city of Rocky Mount wants to take down the Confederate memorial, they should also take down the statue of Martin Luther King because to a lot of white people Martin Luther King is a…

August 21, 2017

Donald Trump is still president. Hard to know what to do with this, people.

In less than a week he’s managed to put on one of the most divisive, un-helpful, un-healing presidential performances in American history. It’s been a great stretch for fans of Richard Nixon and James Buchanan.…

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August 21, 2017

There was a story about an innocent man with no gun who was shot 12 times with 10 shots to the chest.

In Harnett County, an officer intentionally went to the wrong address with an arrest warrant, placed his foot in the storm door, the man tried to close the door, a fight ensued with a gun killing…

August 20, 2017

An important and much-needed local nonprofit organization kicked off its annual fundraising effort last week, and we urge everybody in the community to answer the call and lend their support.

The United Way of the Tar River Region on Thursday launched its 2017 fundraising campaign Thursday…

August 20, 2017

My family and I just spent a week at the beach – and found our big stack of reusable grocery and retail bags to be rather handy.

If you’ve ever taken a crowd to and from the beach, particularly if some are kids, you know exactly what I mean. There will be dirty clothes and linens…

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August 20, 2017

Road repairs in residential areas in both Nash and Edgecombe counties are sadly lacking.

While areas of interest such as the downtown area get all the attention, which now our increased taxes pay for, homeowners pay taxes with threats of names in the newspapers or loss of property or interest fines…

August 20, 2017

I would like to have more clarification from Chief Moore about shooting into a house.

It doesn't matter what room a person is in, it seems to me if someone shoots at your house, they are attempting to shoot the people inside.

Let’s take an example.

You are outside and someone shoots at you,…

August 20, 2017

It’s so sad - efforts by some people here to keep black and white folks in our local community from getting along peacefully any more. the recent clamor to tear down the 100-year-old Confederate monument on Falls Road is an example of what I’m talking about.

Those statues have nothing…

August 20, 2017

It's time we had a national referendum on defense spending.

You could do it in one day, a one-item vote.

It could be stated real simple, just say the Pentagon budget is $600 billion per year, do you favor slashing defense spending in half?”

Put the vote out there for the people and let the…

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