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Opinion

July 22, 2017

Earlier this year we had no choice as to the eventual Rocky Mount Sports Event Center that is billed as the saving grace to bring much more revenue to our city. The council and mayor had decided on the center even though many citizens objected. One can only pray we do not follow in the footsteps of…

July 22, 2017

By the standards of the Francis papacy, things were rather quiet in Rome for much of 2017. The great controversy of the previous two years, the debate over communion for the divorced and remarried, had entered a kind of stalemate, with bishops the world over disagreeing and the pope himself keeping…

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July 22, 2017

I read Speak Up everyday. There is never anything good happening anywhere and never will be until we as Americans put God first and people show more love than hate. Hold your babies and love them so they will know how to love.

July 21, 2017

I’m not in the habit of recommending left-wing French intellectuals, but I’m beginning to think that Pierre Bourdieu is helpful reading in the age of Donald Trump. He was born in 1930, the son of a small-town postal worker. By the time he died in 2002, he had become perhaps the…

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July 21, 2017

Why is everyone fixated on health insurance to pay for health expenses?

Many healthy people pay premiums for years and never file any claims; i.e., they don’t get any return on their money. They pay expenses out-of-pocket or with their HSA funds. I have been paying premiums for 10 years, and…

July 21, 2017

I want to encourage everyone to obey the speed limit when driving in Rocky Mount.

It has become a real problem.

I see wrecks often at the intersection of Winstead Avenue and Sunset Avenue.

Please drive safely. Obey the speed limit.

July 20, 2017

There has been a rash of letters recently calling former President Barack Obama a liar. One writer cited Politifact as his source of information. If the writers had bothered to attempt some semblance of integrity, they would have looked at the Poltifact scorecard for Donald Trump. If they had, they…

July 20, 2017

I worship Charlize Theron, the “Atomic Blonde” trailer is a hoot, and I love the story she keeps sharing with interviewers about training so hard for the fight scenes that she cracked several teeth.

But please stop telling me that “Atomic Blonde,” on the heels of…

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July 20, 2017

Separation of church and state is one of those things that only appears to go one way.

Some of our churches preach politics from sun up to sundown, and as such, they are a little more than thinly veiled political indoctrination centers.

July 19, 2017

I have noticed that around every Memorial Day or July 4th, the media and public messages have intensified their nationalistic bent over the years. The aim seems to be to coax the public to unquestionably support military adventures by our government regardless of their purposes.…

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