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Support active transportation


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

With every step we take independently, added together, we make great strides. I sent this line to Mayor Connelly in regard to a conversation we have had about active transportation and sidewalks in particular. These great strides are occurring now as our mayor and City Council along with the citizens continue to make Greenville and Pitt County a thriving and active community.

Over the years Greenville has had issues with sidewalks and bicycle lanes and the disregard for active transportation. America is moving away from a car-centric society and is looking at transportation as a multifaceted infrastructure incorporating all forms and functions of movement.

There have been and will be disagreements as to how to accomplish our common vision of the future. We have seen and everyone one of us been involved in a sort of push and shove regarding how best to stretch limited funds yet keep our vision clear. There will be impacts along the way that are not popular, but, as our mayor puts it, we are building a city for the future.

And this is why I fully support the direction Mayor Connelly and our council are headed to create an active city with infrastructure to support this vision. Some of the lengths of sidewalks in discussion lay outside of our city limits, but are inside the extraterritorial jurisdiction. We know this property will one day be absorbed into our city.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has developed plans to sidewalk and bike lane several projects. Rather than cherry picking where to place the sidewalks, our mayor believes we should go ahead and invest in them now, rather than retro-fit later. I agree.

These projects should be viewed as economic drivers, and the return on these investments will pay off immensely. We cannot let this opportunity go to waste.

Tony Parker



Humans of Greenville


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


February 19, 2019

Pitt County Schools is moving forward with efforts to make local schools more secure after introducing measures in May 2018. A letter was sent out Feb. 13 from Superintendent Ethan Lenker to parents to inform them of the progress made.

I have read the letter and there are 12 security additions…

February 19, 2019

The construction of an apartment complex will be possible thanks to a rezoning of Fire Tower Road. That sounds good on the surface, and it has many benefits, but it ignores the long-term issues — traffic and crowding.

Greenville city planning has more than likely pondered these issues,…

February 18, 2019

I urge Rep. G.K. Butterfield to vote no on bill H53/S52. This bill has already been presented to the legislature (H575) in 2017. It was not passed then and should not be passed now. It is obviously a method to curtail the rights of people to their reproductive health.

Reps. McElraft, Turner and…

February 18, 2019

Well folks I was going to focus my writing on just art matters. However, after listening again to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s street sweeper speech I’m inclined to combine the two.

Firstly if you have never heard it, just search MLK street sweeper and be prepared to be uplifted and…

February 17, 2019

I read with interest Ralph Tyson’s letter (Republicanism betrays the people, Feb. 7). He stresses “We the People.” Correct, and we the people elected Donald Trump — get over it!

He goes on to say Republicans are not constitutionalists — why don’t you…

February 17, 2019

Just a few short years ago our community came together to help fund the addition of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Vidant Hospital due to the large number of low birth weight babies being born in our region. This state-of-the-art facility helps these tiny persons in their struggle for life…

February 17, 2019

As I visit metropolitan areas to our west, there is clear evidence that many communities have effectively converged on their priorities in very visible ways. And when there is convergence, it seems as if progress is inescapable. I have grandchildren now, and they have experienced numerous…

February 17, 2019

Kudos to Holly Garriott, executive director for Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, and to ECU professor of music, Carroll V. Dashiell Jr., for coordinating the amazing African American Music Series.

Concerts take place at Emerge Gallery on Evans Street on the second Friday of the month. If you…

February 16, 2019

A big shout-out to Alison Lord Stuart for her piece on voter IDs in Tuesday’s paper.

You are right on the “mark” regarding voter IDs. My husband and I have lived in many states, all of which required a voter ID at election time — until we came to North Carolina.

At each…

February 16, 2019

Last night (Monday, Feb. 11) I attended ECU baseball banquet in the new student union. There were almost 600 people there and they were treated to a great program.

Some facts that were revealed were that this team has a 3.44 grade point average which is the highest in the American Athletic…

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