May 05, 2016

There are several reasons to appreciate getting older – first is the sheer pleasure of still being here – second is the opportunity to see the result of change over a long period of time.

Now, to the point:

When the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools system was created in...

May 05, 2016

For more than a decade, the U.S. District Court in Eastern North Carolina has faced a conspicuous absence – and not for a lack of nominees.

The nation’s longest-running federal court vacancy has sat unfilled since Jan. 1, 2006, first because a U.S. Senate then controlled by...

May 05, 2016

In a letter to the editor, some people are saying that splitting the school system will set back progress by 30 years.

In light of the current sad condition of public education, splitting the system might not be a bad idea.


May 04, 2016

Spring arrives, and with new buds and flowers comes a new class of graduates, venturing to the next level of learning.

For some, that passage is a farewell to high school and the 13 years it took to grow from kindergarten sneakers to senior caps and gowns.

Already, they have made...

May 04, 2016

I’m sure that many readers have heard about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) taking private property in your area. ACP has a public relations campaign aimed at convincing the public that the pipeline will benefit us. It won’t.

ACP lists the following reasons for building the...

May 04, 2016

It took no longer than the first budget meeting before the battle lines were drawn in what will become the biggest spending-related debate of 2016.

It will be about raises and bonuses for state employees and teachers, as well as cost-of-living adjustments for government retirees....


May 03, 2016

DAKAR, Senegal – You can learn everything you need to know about the main challenges facing Africa today by talking to just two people in Senegal: the rapper and the weatherman. They’ve never met, but I could imagine them doing an amazing duet one day – words and weather...


May 03, 2016

Bernie Sanders' appeal is his purity. He's unsullied, unfazed and apparently, incorruptible.

That's impressive. At 74, which is what Sanders is, it's amazing, you can find a pure 24 years old, not many 74 years old though. More than impressive, Sanders' purity is sweet. No other candidate...

May 03, 2016

For once, the good news is practically universal. All of North Carolina’s 100 counties saw unemployment rates fall in March. Even Eastern North Carolina is seeing economic improvement, according to a story reported by Telegram business writer Corey Davis.

There’s still room...

May 03, 2016

Bernie Sanders’ appeal is his purity. He’s unsullied, unfazed and apparently, incorruptible.

That’s impressive. At 74, which is what Sanders is, it’s amazing. You can find a pure 24-year-old, not many 74-year-olds though.

More than impressive, Sanders’...

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