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Change calls for faith


Monday, June 19, 2017

Ask not what God can do for Greenville. But ask what Greenville can do for God.

Since 2011, the same man has been leading Greenville and now he is departing because the North Carolina Global Trans Park feels that he is just the man to become their executive director.

As a man who rides a bicycle, I do worry who is going to slide into Greenville's driving seat. For I see how Vidant Health and ECU have prospered. As the retiring mayor says, he is walking away from something he thinks is going incredibly well.

As a self-confessed "man of God" and a one-time resident of a homeless shelter, I look at life from the other side of the railway tracks, especially in the Dickinson Avenue area. East I see the vacant shops which will soon be home to new businesses making a profit for and from somebody who does not have the best interests of Greenville at heart.

On the other side of the tracks, I see a number of small churches, the Community Crossroads Center, and a collection of buildings which range from ideal homes to run down, neglected and abandoned properties. An area populated by men, women and children, whom I regard as my neighbors.

God has given me two great commandments: Love him and love my neighbors as myself.

In the past, I have tried feeding people in the park on a Sunday afternoon. But now much more is needed from those of us who cling to the Christian faith.

In the next few weeks I intend to visit each and every religious building in the area to try to work with brothers and sisters in Christ to strengthen their faith, give them fresh hope and show them that they are loved for who they are and not for which corporate body employs them.




Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


June 18, 2018

It seems that both the vice president and the attorney general have misread the Bible when they use it to support President Trump's policy of taking children away from parents of immigrant parents as they reach the U.S. border.

Mathew 19:14 (KJV) reads, "And Jesus said, Suffer little children, and…

June 18, 2018

“What would [a coherent national policy that take’s the country’s war’s seriously] look like? It would probably look like rescinding the open-ended Authorization for the Use of Military Force and making the president regularly go before Congress to explain where and why he…

June 17, 2018


There is no other way to describe the behavior of the Republicans who totally control the N.C. Legislature and whose leadership assembled a small group of Republicans to craft the 2018-19 state budget in secret and to package said budget in such a manner that circumnavigated entirely…

June 16, 2018

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City raised the price of a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13 recently. According to the Washington Post, most people who smoke cigarettes are poor and disadvantaged. According to the government, hundreds of millions of smokers are addicted to cigarettes because…

June 15, 2018

"Over my lifetime I've done a lot of deals with a lot of people and sometimes the people you most distrust turn out to be the most honorable ones and the people that you do trust turn out to be not the honorable ones.” These noteworthy words were spoken by President Trump during an interview…

June 14, 2018

The Daily Reflector’s June 12 front page article discussing North Carolina’s effort to promote outdoor recreation was encouraging. The economic figures cited show that the state’s new Outdoor Recreation Industry Office will play a major role in the NC Economic Development…

June 14, 2018

We live in a want-based society. As such, we have the opportunity to buy motorcycles, airplanes, 700 horsepower Corvette convertibles and speed boats. And we have the right to purchase firearms if we’re law abiding. Which brings me to Father’s day.

I was looking through the pages of the…

June 11, 2018

My father and I attended the recent NCAA Baseball Regional in Greenville. We would like to thank the folks of Greenville for the warm welcome and friendly treatment. I was welcomed to Greenville by at least six different people. Everyone — the staff inside the ballpark, the parking lot staff,…

June 11, 2018

In a recent letter, Ken Soderstrom "reasons" that in the decade since the Heller gun control decision, the Supreme Court has refused even to review lower court decisions upholding regulations of semi-automatic weapons, not because the justices are having second thoughts about extending Heller…

June 07, 2018

On behalf of a group of volunteers from two local academic medical centers, we wish to thank the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC in Greenville and our host, Ms. Brittanie Frieze, for the chance to volunteer for a morning — a mere three hours and over 3,000 pounds of sorted potatoes later…

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