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April 27, 2017

These days, everything puts me in mind of Jane Addams. Many of the social problems we face today — the fraying social fabric, widening inequality, anxieties over immigration, concentrated poverty, the return of cartoonish hypermasculinity — are the same problems she faced 130 years ago.…

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April 27, 2017

Rural North Carolina is finally getting some economic attention from the N.C. General Assembly.

A bill approved this week by the N.C. Senate Finance Committee would direct incentives money from the Job Development Investment Grant to poorer counties across the state.

The bill, authored by N.C.…

April 27, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week is Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5. The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education would like to applaud and thank all of the teachers in our community.

Teachers are the cornerstone of a thriving community. They have the ability to impact lives in a way that no other…

April 27, 2017

I grew up hearing my mother praising President Roosevelt on how to put America back to work after the Great Depression.

Naturally, I called myself a Democrat, but today our leaders have lost their moral values of right and wrong.

I am appalled at what I heard coming from those who are supposedly…

April 26, 2017

Friends and readers — lawmakers here in Raleigh are taking a swipe at your local newspaper.

Last week, Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, won committee approval for a bill that would let cities and counties bypass the daily broadsheet or weekly tabloid and post all sorts of public notices —…

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April 26, 2017

The transgender bathroom issue has been discussed widely in the state of North Carolina. No one is saying we should let men use the women’s restrooms, except maybe some fear mongering ideologues.

National Geographic did an excellent article about transgender children in its January 2017 issue.…

April 26, 2017

In Bible times, true believers were told don't marry, don't do it.

This instruction from the top to forego marriage was for believers only.

Today Christians are the only ones bothering to get married.

Unbelievers don't get married.

They move in together and they have children together, but they…

April 25, 2017

Last week, the state of Arkansas, which had executed exactly nobody since 2005, put to death Ledell Lee for the crime of murdering Debra Reese in 1993. Why now — 11 years after the last execution, 24 years after the crime? Because the chemicals used for lethal injection were about to expire.…

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April 25, 2017

We are so divided now.

We go to our own movies, we listen to our own music, we have our own political candidates.

Sports is the only thing we do together.

We all watch the same games, the Super Bowl, the NCAA championship, ACC etc.

Sports is the only thing that unites us.…

April 24, 2017

Let’s consider the case of the wrong-way warships.

Last week, North Korea was planning a big celebration in honor of its founder’s birthday. For North Koreans, holiday fun is short on barbecues and high on weaponry. The big parade in Pyongyang featured monster canisters that…

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