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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.


December 19, 2018

I grew up in Duplin County and have family in Wilmington and friends in New Bern. I saw up close the hurricane flood bullet Greenville just dodged. The crime spike, unfinished roads, and jobs are, or should be, getting attention of the Greenville mayor and council. But in a growing city, effective…

December 16, 2018

Leadership is important in any endeavor, and at ECU we have had a spotty record in athletics. We have had some very good ADs and some that were not that good.

I came to ECU in 1961 and our leader in everything was Leo Jenkins, and even though he was the chancellor he also lead us in athletics.…

December 15, 2018

The North Carolina State Board of Elections, a bipartisan independent agency charged with overseeing North Carolina elections, compiled a post-election audit report (April 21, 2017) from the general election 2016 after examining nearly 4.8 million ballots cast and found two cases of voter…

December 14, 2018

Awash in virtual ink and bitterly clinging to resentment from last autumn, Calvin Mercer continues to publish passive-aggressive missives railing against Greenville’s elected leadership. Appended to his most recent correspondence, a rehashed Daily Reflector letter addressing the “highly…

December 13, 2018

The Orange County Register got it right, and thank you Daily Reflector for including it in your Other Voices column.

“For too long, Congress has abdicated its constitutional obligations with respect to war powers.” Did you know the U.S. military is currently deployed and combat ready in…

December 13, 2018

My sincere thanks to the George H.W. Bush family for giving us all a chance to remember what America is all about. 

The patriatism, the integrity and the honesty was a refreshing reminder of what I value in my country. The kind, respectful and humorous words were a pleasure to hear.  


December 12, 2018

Maybe I or the Reflector got this wrong: $20 million assigned for athletic deficit and facilities; $10 million of that from a $95 million ECU Physicians accrued fund balance. It is to be spent because attendance is down at athletic events and the athletes need a special place to eat. I hope I or…

December 08, 2018

Donald Bryson, Civitas Institute president, has it all wrong in his “Stop the government takeover of health care,” piece in The Daily Reflector on Nov. 29. Most of the world’s industrial countries whose health care systems are government run have healthier populations than the U.S.…

December 07, 2018

In this season of hope, love and renewal, someone representing us, America The Beautiful, tear-gassed a pregnant woman and her children at our border. Others were gassed too.

From the perspective of the agent, there might have been a provocation for the gassing. Perhaps he perceived a threat,…

December 06, 2018

Pipelines are far and away the safest way to move energy, far safer than alternative means. And the state could receive more than $2.5 billion in tax revenues from offshore leasing, per a recent analysis, in turn helping families.

Yet those who decry energy or cheer when a pipeline permit is…

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