November 19, 2017

I could always hear John McLaughlin long before I could see him.

The larger-than-life former Jesuit priest, Nixon speechwriter, and host of the “McLaughlin Group” public-television show from 1982 to 2016 was just as loud and bumptious in person as he was on TV. I never worked for him,…


November 19, 2017

The pending retirement of Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore presents several opportunities for city leaders to turn the corner toward credible reporting, open communication and fruitful partnerships with other law enforcement agencies.

We wish the chief well in retirement, but his tenure with…

November 19, 2017

When I say this in no way do I want to diminish the importance of anyone’s life because no matter how rich, poor or any situation in life, a life is precious and God given.

I know that it needs to be aired when these terror acts occur.My problem is the news media prolongs and keeps it running…

November 18, 2017

Why are so many conservative evangelicals in Alabama still supporting Roy Moore? For that matter, why have so many evangelicals around the country spent the past two years embracing Donald Trump?

I just took part in a compelling conversation on this subject at the Faith Angle Forum, founded by the…


November 18, 2017

We need to be completely honest with ourselves: our local schools are failing our low-income children. I have great respect and deep admiration for our teachers and school administrators who are pouring everything they have into the education of our children on a daily basis – they are heroes.…

November 18, 2017

War is the biggest cost to the U.S. Treasury and there is nothing else that really comes close to it.

We spent $2 trillion in Iraq alone. We spent probably a trillion to blow up Iraq and another trillion to put it back together.

How insane is that?

The entire food stamp program is not even…

November 17, 2017

There is a lot of racket going on about the proposed tax cut and reform of the tax system. One thing that stands out in all this racket is that most of those screaming about the proposed tax cut and tax system reform appear to have no idea of the purpose of a tax system.

Many of those making such…

November 17, 2017

We haven’t quite made it to Thanksgiving, but forget the turkey, grab your pocketbooks and listen to the jingle bells, urging us on toward December.

Christmas will not come early, except to the retailers, and they certainly know the magic lure of early Christmas shopping, when the best price…


November 17, 2017

I would like to thank the VFW of Rocky Mount for adopting N.C. 97 west of town and doing a fantastic job of cleaning up litter on the roadside.

This area would look horrible without their efforts.

I wish more organizations or churches would adopt roads and pick up litter the way the VFW does.…

November 16, 2017

President Donald Trump is getting his pardon pen ready, as the Robert Muller investigation starts indicting his associates. He plans to practice on two very innocent Minnesota turkeys.

The other 244 million turkeys killed in the United States this year have not been so lucky. They were raised in…

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