March 21, 2018

One of the unavoidable tragedies of youth is the temptation to think that what is seen today has always been. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in our responses to the recent Parkland, Florida, massacre.

Part of the responses to those murders are calls to raise the age to purchase a gun and to…

walter williams

March 21, 2018

David Ropeik is an instructor at Harvard and author of "How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts."

According to his writing in Washington Post:

The Education Department reports that about 50 million children attend public schools approximately 180 days per year.…

March 20, 2018

Last week was Sunshine Week, the annual event where news organizations promote government transparency and analyze how well our public records and open meetings laws are working.

This year, 10 North Carolina news outlets teamed up to examine whether government agencies are following state law on…

Colin Campbell

March 19, 2018

The state legislature regularly draws fire for its decision to end an old, very generous tax break for film and TV production and replace it with a smaller, more-targeted grant program.

Industry executives issue insults. North Carolinians who used to get more work in the industry cry foul. The…

john hood

March 19, 2018

There is a reason some call this president, "Liar in Chief." He has told some doozies during his short term in office.

But this man who had four deferments from military service, stated he would rush an AR-15 to protect school children — seriously? Keep telling that lie to your base Trump,…

March 18, 2018

One recent letter writer said Democrats hate oil and gas companies. Does that mean Republicans love them? What’s to love about an oil and gas company? Ever drive by an oil well? The smell is horrible.

One of my friends from Harrisburg, Pa., posted on her Facebook page a picture of a porta…

March 17, 2018

Dear fellow citizens of Rocky Mount,

This is a “shout out” to our Rocky Mount Police Department and our Fire Department.

I will say “thank you” ladies and gentlemen for all the time, courage, dedication, faithfulness and love you show us here in Rocky Mount.

I especially…

March 17, 2018

This week was Sunshine Week, not that we saw a lot of it, either meteorologically or metaphorically. What we got for the start of the week was dark clouds, some wind and even snow.

Some might say it was symbolic of a week designated to shine the light on the need for open government. There is too…

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March 16, 2018

Once again, President Trump has made a cowardly, cynical and monumentally stupid retreat on the issue of guns. No one should have expected otherwise.

Forget everything he said in the wake of the Parkland shooting about the urgent need for meaningful action. Trump now takes a position that will…


March 16, 2018

I would like to state my support for those high schoolers in Florida demanding stricter and safer gun control policies in this country.

I would hope that it becomes a national movement of high schoolers across the country. I believe It will be these children that can save America from the violence…

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