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Letters

February 19, 2018

Who will be Next? As we mourn the recent tragedy at a Florida high school, we hear the phrase, “We must address the issue of mental health in our country, and we are deeply grieved.” This is coming from those who are elected to make laws to protect our people in this country in…

February 19, 2018

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

Put aside for the moment that Christ taught that they who take the sword shall perish by the sword, and blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit…

February 18, 2018

One of the great treasures of the Catholic faith are the liturgical seasons. Another is devotion to the saints. Last week many of us celebrated Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine's Day wholeheartedly. There is no conflict in the meaning of Lent, turning more fully to God and St. Valentine's Day…

February 18, 2018

I know the city and the City Council are making decisions for the development of the Imperial Tobacco site.

Please, please use it to improved the quality of life in Greenville and to recruit an upscale hotel like Aloft, and put a performing arts center in there for culture and entertainment so…

February 18, 2018

Maybe this is a little fuddy-duddy, but my husband and I went out to pick up some litter yesterday. In fact, quite a bit. Believe us, it’s not hard to find trash on the highways and by-ways of Pitt County or on the once-pristine Tar River.

I can’t help but wonder who litters and why.…

February 17, 2018

In a previous letter I briefly stated that a wall across the desert would be useless. A few friends have asked me to explain in another letter.

First, walls do not work. Any wall can be got over, under or around. Keep in mind that 40 percent of the undocumented aliens in the U.S. came through the…

February 16, 2018

In recognition of Black History Month, I would like to share a story about my father, David Reed, a Montford Point Marine — another hidden African-American hero. The U.S. Marine Corps was the last branch of the service to admit African Americans, as segregation laws prohibited blacks…

February 16, 2018

Recently, Dr. Robert Piat penned a letter dripping tears of frustration at news portraying poor Donald Trump negatively and touting that racism/bigotry is practically non-existent in the U.S. I have one question: What is wrong with you?

The Kaiser Family Foundation found that 49 percent of…

February 15, 2018

President Trump has released his Infrastructure plan. Federal government’s contribution to individual states is lower in this plan so states will be shouldering more of the burden. Where transportation infrastructure is concerned this could mean higher gas taxes. Let me be clear, I…

February 14, 2018

As a young man just entering the workforce, I had an opportunity to work on a marketing proposal to the federal government. The project required taking over a function that was being performed by federal employees.

For the initial staffing they went for a 30 percent reduction over the government…

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