April 22, 2017

This is the story of how two North Carolina legislatures approached court reform -- one with prudent professionalism and the other with seat-of-the-pants politics.

This is the 50th anniversary of a major overhaul of North Carolina's court system, essentially creating the modern system of District…


April 22, 2017

The Twin Counties Partnership for Healthier Communities would like to thank the more than 300 residents across Nash and Edgecombe counties who participated in the Community Health Survey conducted in mid to late March. Residents shared their opinions on what they felt most influences quality of…

April 22, 2017

Under ObamaCare, my insurance premium has gone up from $500 a month to $650 a month.

A 30 percent increase since ObamaCare was passed.

ObamaCare has sent private insurance rates to the moon.

We don't need a new health care plan; just repeal this truly awful piece of legislation and let everyone…

April 21, 2017

We just completed one of the two most holy days celebrated in the United States, we who call ourselves "the most Christian nation in the world." Easter Sunday was beautiful and a reminder that Christ's resurrection assured all of His believers that eternal life for us is guaranteed, not here on the…


April 21, 2017

Unlike Ms. Mesko and Mr. Arnow who were apparently born into affluent middle-income or upper-income families I was born into poverty. My family were sharecroppers at the time of my birth. My father on many occasions after my birth worked as many as three jobs with my mother working another job. It…

April 21, 2017

I would like to make a comment about a recent Speak Up.

It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

April 20, 2017

Joe Toscano and I worked at Incarnation summer camp in Connecticut a few decades ago. Joe went on to become an extremely loving father of five and a fireman in Watertown, Massachusetts. Joe was a community-building guy — serving his town, organizing events like fishing derbies for bevies of…


April 20, 2017

After only three years of reading the Bible aloud over the city of Rocky Mount the day before the National Day of Prayer, we are seeing the favor of God in our city, at last.

Notice the rapid building of homes and business in the Mill Village area, the Beal Street Square, and the promise…

April 20, 2017

Recently a friend of mine took me to the Dollar Store on Sunset Avenue.

After I made my selections, a nice lady in front of me helped me with getting my purchase onto the counter because I am deaf and almost partially blind. She was so nice to help me and I thanked her for it.

When I went to…

April 19, 2017

One of the joys of growing up in the 1970s was rotting your brain with Saturday morning cartoons while rotting your teeth with sugary cereal. But darned if they didn't sneak in some mental nutrition amongst the G.I. Joe ads, like the three-minute ditty on how a bill becomes a law.

The cartoon…

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