October 27, 2016

I would like to make a comment about the paper.

I would like to say that I really enjoy the extra color in the newspaper.

The comics section and some of the ads seem to have more color.

I am very pleased with that.

My other thing is when you turn off of U.S. 301 onto Stone Rose Drive where the…

October 26, 2016

If there is anything positive to find in the timing of Hurricane Matthew, which blew through Eastern North Carolina on Oct. 8 and triggered a devastating flood in its wake, it might be the closeness of the storm’s arrival to a major general election.

We have not gone neglected.

Gov. Pat…

October 26, 2016

For parents and educators alike, the 2016 election season has presented some unprecedented challenges. It has increasingly become difficult to drown out the noise and identify candidates on a national, state and local level who seek public office as a means to truly serve others.

They are out there,…

October 26, 2016

I read with interest the call in Speak Up about how the police community needs to asks itself why so many routine situations with the public escalate to deadly encounters.

First, to stop the escalations, just do as the police officer asks. Second, be mindful of how you reach for stuff. Third, just…

October 25, 2016

Thanks to Ms. Whisnant for her well-written letter to the editor.

She expressed her thoughtful opinions, which I am in full agreement with, in an intelligent and civil manner.

October 24, 2016

The great American actress Katherine Hepburn was once asked to assess the acting ability of a certain young thespian.

Hepburn said that watching her act was like peering into someone's head. “You can see the wheels move.” “Click.” “Click.” “Click.…

October 24, 2016

It has been more than 60 years since I became eligible to register to vote.

During the past years I have made it a point to cast my vote in local, state and national elections.

I have always tried to vote for the candidate who would serve the best interests of the people they represent.

This year's…

October 23, 2016

Early voting kicked off with a bang last week, with Nash County leading the state in the number of voters who cast ballots on the first day.

Voters flocked to the first early voting site to open in the county at the Nash County Agriculture Center in Nashville. Three more sites are scheduled to open…

October 23, 2016

I travel to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., every May or June.

I am disgusted by our roads, the grass and the weeds.

When you hit Fayetteville, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida, they are so clean, neat and cut.

You don't see tall grass.

Every day I travel from Rocky Mount to Tarboro on U.S. 64…

October 23, 2016

We need to stop the violence.

I don't understand how so many of these encounters between the police and the general public end with the use of deadly force.

I've look at the Keith Scott video, and the police officers are standing there with weapons drawn, forcing a confrontation.

I don't understand…

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