June 24, 2016

Some kids screw up in serious ways. They break into homes, take things that do not belong to them, run around with the wrong crowd and seem headed for trouble.

When they are caught doing something like that at age 15, they enter North Carolina’s juvenile justice system, a network of resources…

June 24, 2016

I’ve been traveling around to the most economically stressed parts of this country.

You see a lot of dislocation on a trip like this. In New Mexico, for example, I met some kids who lost their parents — to drugs, death, deportation or something else.

They get run through a bunch of…


June 24, 2016

After reading the Rocky Mount Telegram on a daily basis, it is quite clear that the best letter writer you have is Julia Manning.

Her writing style is not only professional, it is easy to follow.

Also, she is very well informed.

You should hire her to write at least two letters per month.

It would…

June 23, 2016

The N.C. General Assembly would do the people of North Carolina a huge favor by taking a thoughtful look at public records and open meetings law. A bill in the N.C. House calls for a study committee to take up that mission. Here is hoping for its speedy passage.

Ordinary citizens run into all kinds…

June 23, 2016

He won’t pivot. So I have to.

Having seen Donald Trump as a braggadocious but benign celebrity in New York for decades, I did not regard him as the apotheosis of evil. He seemed more like a toon, a cocky huckster swanning around Gotham with a statuesque woman on his arm and skyscrapers…


June 23, 2016

I do not want neither do I request for the Rocky Mount Police Department to look in my vehicle to see if my valuables are in the open.

Rocky Mount Police are violating, I believe it is the Fourth Amendment, that protects the citizens of this country of unreasonable search and seizure.

If they look…

June 22, 2016

If the cities and counties would enforce the noise ordinance, they sure could rake in some extra money.

When I can hear a vehicle coming down the road with either or both the radio or muffler so loud it makes my windows rattle, that is a nuisance.

Sometimes I am even awaken at night. You can hear…

June 21, 2016

I would like to thank the Sports Department for such a wonderful Sports section showing the local athletes and their accomplishments.

After reading what they have all been able to do, we know our world is in better shape than what we hear from the local news.

These are young people with ambition, a…

June 19, 2016

In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, efforts to strengthen gun laws took center stage last week in Congress.

The shooting spree in a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and wounded another 53 once again has torn open the debate about strengthening the…

June 19, 2016

The federal government has just released another set of economic statistics – and they again show North Carolina has one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States.

According to the latest measurements of gross domestic product, which extend through the end of 2015, North…

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