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Sunday, March 4, 2018

While shopping yesterday, I watched a woman with two disruptive kids. After checking out, she began pouring money into coin machines that dispense toy prizes. They were taking chances on prizes that were worth far less than the great deal of money they were spending.

Her little boy, about 4, saw a clerk walk by, and yelled to her, “Hey You!” The clerk quickly turned to him. He made eye contact, brandished a toy pistol, aimed it her, made pop, pop, pop sounds as if he were armed and presented with the opportunity to kill someone. She was lucky she didn’t die of shock.

His mother was not horrified, nor did she reprimand him. She continued to put more money in the machines and turn the knob on their destiny.

Did I just see a natural-born killer or did I see a young boy whose life experiences were creating a hapless, fretful and dangerous child?

We don’t know the rest of the story, but we know, with certainty, that this child is going to be a trying presence to his classmates and his teachers. If someone doesn’t curb him or help him, he will be the curriculum, the fulcrum, the next dangerous bully.

Children, this disoriented and dangerous, can be easily spotted through their behavior choices, the chip on their shoulders, their paradigms of understandings. Unfailingly and before long, they begin to run up their tab on the safety and well-being of others.

We, the people, can observe their clues, watch them simmer and rage, until their Parkland Big Bang(s).

Or we can we can identify them early, isolate and try to help. This will cost money and determination. We can also structure our society so their choices for mayhem can be severely limited.

The Parkland Tragedy shouldn’t be a metaphor for our society.

Alison Lord Stuart



Humans of Greenville


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


September 20, 2018

September is being used to bring awareness to students’ attendance in Pitt County. However, a simple policy change to “incentivize attendance” is not going to fix the attendance issue.

Being a graduate from South Central High School with a none-too-inspiring attendance record…

September 20, 2018

On Monday Sept. 10, on the front page of The Daily Reflector, there is a large picture taken at the Pitt County Courthouse of many people singing praise songs during the Cover Our Children event.

Right beside it is another picture taken at the Town Common announcing a meeting being held to vote on…

September 18, 2018

Florence has kept us off the roads and out of traffic, leaving me to think about the type of driving that is becoming commonplace in Pitt County.

Let me be specific and let each of us decide if these characteristics describe our driving style. If so, then be prepared to be targeted and ticketed by…

September 16, 2018

I was out of state when Sen. John McCain passed away and I just wanted to thank him for being the true American who served his country beyond the call of duty.

I was part of the maintenance crew from Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California, that prepared the C-141 cargo airplanes that…

September 16, 2018

During the summer, while seated in a local eatery waiting to order a bagel, I encountered a stranger who placed my order (gratis).  With my permission, we chatted briefly and shared a few commonalities (one of which was arthritis). As we seperated, I expressed appreciation and left feeling…

September 14, 2018

For someone to support this president after everything he has said and done must require a boatload of cognitive dissonance and is truly a Faustian bargain.

What if it was your sister whose (expletive deleted) he grabbed and bragged about it? What if Obama said that? If you wouldn't give him the…

September 13, 2018

Inspiration comes from the oddest places sometimes.

I was reading an IGN article about how Sony refuses to open its PlayStation consoles to cross-platform gameplay for the popular video game Fortnite due to Sony’s longstanding rivalry with Xbox owner Microsoft.

It got me wondering as to why…

September 13, 2018

Why does Trump show respect to Sen. John McCain only after he dies? We all remember what Trump said about McCain: I only like people who are not captured. McCain was a Navy pilot who was shot down and was a POW for over five years.

This coming from a coward like Trump who would not join the…

September 12, 2018

As a product of public education and the daughter of a public-school teacher, I wholeheartedly support the Red4Ed movement. Attending May 2018’s march in Raleigh did nothing but reinforce my beliefs in the need for more funding for education, including raising teacher salaries. The sheer…

September 11, 2018

Hurricanes and dangerous stormwater don’t wait around for elected officials to produce expensive studies for the shelf, kick crises down the road, and ponder political calculations. Greenville has a documented $350 million stormwater infrastructure challenge to avoid dangerous flooding. Dilly…

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