February 26, 2017

The fight over Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet secretaries needlessly escalated last week as a court date looms to resolve the impasse.

N.C. Senate Republicans on Thursday issued a subpoena to compel Cooper’s pick to head the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Larry Hall, to…

February 26, 2017

In today’s highly polarized climate, can we get our politicians to agree anything? Well, I can think of at least proposition that attracts nearly universal assent: small business is the backbone of a thriving, broad-based economy.

I agree with it, myself, with some caveats. First, small…


February 26, 2017

The New England Patriots are a dynasty. In the years to come, they will be viewed as such.

Super Bowl LI (51) was the fifth Super Bowl won by the Pats.

That’s the stuff of dynasties.

To think that this team, after having enjoyed so much success already, could keep winning on football’s…

February 26, 2017

I am calling just to say a big thank to the nice lady out on N.C. 97 from old U.S. 301, N.C. 97 West going toward Leggett. She is picking up trash almost every day and trying to put an end to all the littering that is done in that area.

There was so much of it, and she has cleaned up that highway…

February 26, 2017

Where are the merit-based bonuses for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools employees that are paid for with federal funds?

This includes many special education teacher assistants.

They change diapers all day, hand feed severely disabled children, give tests to children who cannot take their tests in a…

February 26, 2017

It was interesting to read in the paper last week that the city of Rocky Mount was holding hearings on several dilapidated properties within the city limits.

It appears to me that instead of spending mega bucks on an event center in the middle of town that is going to cost millions of dollars and…

February 25, 2017

Linda McMahon, an Eastern North Carolina native who rose to become a professional wrestling magnate, became the first Tar Heel to officially join the Trump administration this week.

She was easily confirmed by the Senate as administrator of the Small Business Administration.

It seems likely that…


February 25, 2017

March 4 is North Carolina’s Confederate Flag Day. This is a day marked in significance not for the mere material of various colors that fly on a flag staff but for what that “standard, banner or emblem,” represents. There was a time and it still exists in some homes where we were…

February 25, 2017

I am becoming tired of the steady stream of negative reporting, editorials, opinions and cartoons with President Trump as the target being printed in our newspaper.

Of course I believe in free speech and I recognize your right to do that, however, I have the right to ignore the lies and half-truths…

February 24, 2017

Educators are the oldest profession and I would like to thank all educators, active and retired, who worked in public education.

President Trump has chosen Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education. She has no experience or idea of how public education works. 

Some active educators are…

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