September 25, 2017

Donald Trump’s visit to the United Nations has resurrected the question of whether we’d be better off with Mike Pence.

We haven’t mulled that one for a while. Lately, Trump’s stupendous instability has actually been looking like a plus. There he was, telling Democrats that…


September 25, 2017

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are devastating reminders that disaster preparedness saves lives.

American Humane is urging pet owners to take two simple – yet essential – steps to ensure you and your animal companions are ready before the next catastrophe strikes.


September 25, 2017

I am turning to Speak Up to find some answers.

I cannot go to the school as I am afraid it will be held against my children.

This involves children in special education classes in high school.

Some have been placed in what they call an inclusion classroom.

I was assured that there would be two…

September 24, 2017

People throughout the Twin Counties have an opportunity to help clean up the area

The Twin Counties Big Sweep, organized each year by Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties, launched Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15. It’s a great way for civic clubs, neighborhood groups,…

September 24, 2017

“Today's players are so relaxed and at ease. I was always nervous and uptight. Worried that someone would take my job.”

That was former baseball great Ted Williams' view which he made known before he died.

Williams, of course, played ball under the old reserve clause system. The ball…

September 24, 2017

In September, the GOP officially became the third-largest group of registered voters in North Carolina, as the number of unaffiliated voters surpassed Republican registration for the first time.

In September, the North Carolina Republican Party continued to add registered voters while the…


September 24, 2017

I am really thankful for the company who instead of tearing down the mill and the rest of those houses there on Mill Village for building them up and saving the history down in that area.

I do have to say one thing to all of the people because this is now the “in” place to go. A lot of…

September 24, 2017

How did we as taxpaying citizens of Rocky Mount allow our city government to become what it is today?

The City Council hired a new city manager who was asked to resign from the same position in Savannah, Ga., due to questionable financial reporting. She has now restricted press access to the…

September 23, 2017

We took a cross-country trip recently and while visiting South Dakota we went to Mount Rushmore. As I looked at the sculptures carved into the granite mass, I was reminded of imperfect men who have had the privilege of being president of the United States.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,…

September 23, 2017

I’d like to offer you two models of human development.

The first is what you might call The Four Kinds of Happiness. The lowest kind of happiness is material pleasure, having nice food and clothing and a nice house. Then there is achievement, the pleasure we get from earned and recognized…

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