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Don't miss out on Grifton

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Did you miss it? This past weekend, Grifton unfurled all the best that small town life in Southern Pitt County has to offer in its 48th Shad Festival. Maybe you saw scores of kids flocking to the carnival rides near the railroad tracks or murmured “ooooh!” as you enjoyed the gleam of beautifully restored old cars exhibited up and down the street.

The newly opened Grifton Café offered a smile and a heavenly taste of “lemon drop” cake. The U.S. Marine Corps band from Camp LeJeune snapped down the pavement in perfect unison, their music as polished as their instruments. Behind them, homemade floats, life-sized cartoon characters, tiny Shriners cars, a clown on stilts, and a pretty queen made you feel like a kid again. So did the two-man “Circus Stella,” with dazzling acrobatics and trained dogs.

You could take in an art show at the community museum, or shag with the crowd as the Coast Line Band played at the restored train depot. If you missed the Sunday morning community service down by the creek, you missed the best. Pastor Jason Currie led the folks to consider the peaceful creek and how each of us can be a “river of living water” for our neighbors, our community.

Just south of the hurry and hassle and gridlock traffic of much bigger places, you can find this family town on the creek. Our waters are filled with history. Our streets are lined with friends to be made. Our sky in the night is bright with stars. Come visit or stay. But don’t miss it.

Vicki Kennedy

Grifton

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Letters

May 27, 2018

Recent events in Gaza were reminiscent of TV scenes from Birmingham during the 1960s Civil Rights struggle. Palestinians using slingshots in the face of “shoot to kill” orders from Netanyahu’s military left 60 dead and 2,700 injured. When such events take place in Syria,…

May 26, 2018

Mr. Dautremont, sadly you are uninformed about the “murderous regime of Israel” (Public Forum, May 21). Loss of life is tragic but it happens in battle. Gazans were not gathering for a peaceful meet and greet at the border. Guns, knives, Molotov cocktails, incendiary kites, chain…

May 25, 2018

As Memorial Day comes and goes, we can say farewell to paradise. Yes, “they paved paradise and put a parking lot.”

The swimming pool, its slide, diving area, and lap swim will repeat history. Goodbye summer swim at the Fitness Connection in Greenville. You will be missed.

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May 25, 2018

Mass murder of Palestinians? (Public Forum, May 21) If you have people telling you repeatedly they are going to kill you and destroy your home, then show up at your doorstep to do just that, would you invite them in? I think not.

Israel rightfully will and should defend itself from the barbarians…

May 25, 2018

In a recent letter, David Rushing claims that I erred (1) in writing that the arms protected in the Second Amendment are arms available at the time of the amendment’s adoption, and (2) in writing that the Bill of Rights contains no preamble.

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May 24, 2018

I noted in Sunday’s Daily Reflector that Rev. Bob Hudak is retiring as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. I am glad he will enjoy a respite from his pastoral duties and know he will remain active in the eastern Carolina community he lives in.

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May 23, 2018

While the argument over the 2nd Amendment carries on in the DR, some of our sclerotic legislators introduced a two-page piece of legislation Thursday, HB 965, that is a direct affront to both the U.S. Constitution and the Bible. Should this bill pass, both public school and charter school students…

May 22, 2018

In reference to the column by Walter Williams talking about Kanye West being a problem for the Democratic Party, I admire Kanye West for standing tall and speaking his heart. I don't think most people, if polled, would agree that they like change.

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May 21, 2018

So the Democratic arm, the N.C. Association of Educators, wants to return to the glory days of Gov. Bev Perdue. Someone close to me taught during the Perdue administration. It was four years without a pay increase. Perdue actually broke the state contract with the teachers and withheld part of…

May 21, 2018

I am shocked and ashamed that our government supports the current murderous regime of Israel. I don't understand how we, as American citizens, can stand by and calmly observe the unwarranted murder of more than 50 Palestinians and the wounding and maiming of hundreds more by the Israeli…

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