BYH, I just saw footage of Trump saying "It's easy. I'd just drop a 25% tax on China". Would somebody please show me...

Tumble prompts cautionary tale


Friday, December 1, 2017

The other day I was in a restaurant and noticed that the floor was wet. The employees gingerly stepped over the water, but no one made the effort to put up a safety cone or grab a mop.

I was outraged and about to launch a powder puff barrage in editorial form. Smitten with my wet floor, free willing judgement, I was ready to name names and hold the establishment up to public ridicule. Maybe even shut the place down. Judge and jury, locked and loaded.

I was thinking about all of this, today, at the very same moment I carelessly dripped some water on our floor. Then returning with an arm-full of laundry, I slipped, fell and landed with a crash. Fortunately, no broken bones, but, yes, broken in spirit. I no longer had my balance or the high ground to chastise anyone. I was shaken by both my word and deed. My husband helped me get up.

Later echoing in my heart, I remember my mom saying, “Ali, be mindful of how you treat others on the way up, as you might run into them on the way down.” That got me to thinking about how easy it becomes to criticize others with hi-handed contempt, hi-flying banners and public postings.

For me, the lesson learned is that there is very little moral high-ground available when we choose to demean others. With a basketful of ill intent, I lost my balance and my power- base to condemn. Instead, I was humbled and made poor in spirit.

My cautionary tale is that there must be better ways than taking a tumble to understand that a helping hand does far more good than a sucker punch or a public shellacking ever could.

Alison Lord Stuart



Humans of Greenville


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


August 21, 2018

By far and away the most stable marriages and families I have ever come across in my years as a family doctor have been the "deplorable and irredeemables" as described by none other than First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. And, as stated many times, I have practiced medicine and surgery in Florida,…

August 20, 2018

Can we make whole cloth from op-ed columnist Walter Williams’ assertion that government anti-poverty programs “have simply made poverty more comfortable”?

I think most people would agree things are amiss in this country. We claim to be a people who revere freedom, justice and…

August 19, 2018

I would like to thank the writers of the Aug. 14 Orange County Register editorial, “Engaging the Taliban could end war in Afghanistan.” It lays out clearly why, after 17 years, our approach in Afghanistan is not working.

Not long ago, President Trump agreed. In 2013 he tweeted,…

August 17, 2018

While reading the Bless Your Heart this past Sunday, I came across someone who wanted a way to report illegal dumping online.

“Pitt County, why not create an online way to report illegal dumping? Leaving a voicemail is completely outdated. Online reports can be used with tracking numbers to…

August 17, 2018

The Community Outreach Soup Kitchen in Farmville is in dire need of money for operating expenses. We rely strictly on community support to run the soup kitchen and it’s hard to keep things moving forward when you have to pay a $450 electricity bill.

We are currently having to pay monthly…

August 16, 2018

On Aug. 9 at the Greenville City Council meeting, at the end of the public comment period, Coalition Against Racism member Dedan Waciuri stood up in his seat and shouted the group’s concerns must be heard.

Waciuri has been active locally with CAR. His name has appeared in coverage of several…

August 15, 2018

Twelve Chicagoans were shot dead and 62 others were shot and wounded Aug. 3-5, the Chicago Tribune reported (https://tinyurl.com/yde7jb83). Before last week's mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been shot since the beginning of the year, and 306 had been murdered.

Adding to this tragedy is the fact that…

Walter Williams

August 14, 2018

As we watch the very unfortunate issue unfold in the town of Bethel involving the tenants living in Whitehurst Trailer Park, one does not have to be a rocket scientist to see that these wonderful citizens have been thrown under the bus and forgotten by the town’s government.

What do Bethel…

August 13, 2018

The Grifton Lions Club will host N.C. Auditor Beth Ward on Monday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, located at 437 McCrae St. in Grifton.

The presentation will provide information on what types of audits the office performs, who they audit, what is found as a result of an…

August 13, 2018

With scorching heat and raging wildfires in the West and torrential downpours and massive flooding in the East, global warming is not just about a gentle sea rise any more. These tragic consequences of dumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere call for drastic remedies.

For starters, we should…

148 stories in Letters. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 15
        Next Page»   Last Page»