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Washington dragging us down


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Let’s listen to Garth Brooks song about “friends in low places,” and dedicate it to the “friends” hovering around Washington, D.C.

What we have is a very sad collection of cabinet members, appointed officials, and some elected representatives who are keeping their hands in the cookie jar of our integrity. When caught, they smile like the Cheshire Cat and offer their carefully-honed denials.

Unfortunately, their gambit of illegal acts is so prolific that they are draining the pool of attorneys willing to represent them. The home plate of our democratic idealism has become a swamp of shattered idealism, dashed hopes and broken promises. We have them to thank.

Perhaps the greatest danger of their moral ineptitude is the possibility of our willingness to accept it. Some may listen to commentators who try to sweep away their misdeeds, or hood-wink us into believing it’s okay, no big deal. At risk is what Reagan described as our City on a Hill. America is being trounced, trumped and morphed into a self-serving, tragically flawed, democracy.

In Matthew 21:12, we are told what Jesus did to the money-lenders in the Temple. Now we too have foxes in the henhouse. Will we be cowed by them, belittled by their ill-begotten gains and hubris or perhaps flattered into believing we are on their A Team? What is our measure against them?

We can pay close attention, rise-up in righteous indignation, and when the time comes, lock their lot out.

All of us have a sacred trust for the safe keeping of the United States of America. Some serve, and to them goes the greatest glory. All of us must seek the truth, stay vigilant, informed and be a powerhouse in the voting booth. The survival of our nation depends on us and nothing less.

Alison Lord Stuart



Humans of Greenville


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


February 21, 2019

As a student at a large university, safety is always a priority to me and my family. While it is hard to protect a campus where people have access to come and go, it is not so far fetched to take measures to protect K-12 school systems considering they are smaller and more controlled.

While adding…

February 21, 2019

No, Mr. Baldree (Public Forum, Feb. 17), “We the People” did not elect the Donald. “You, the 3 million-plus fewer voters than voted for Mrs. Clinton,” put this running national joke and “minority” president in the White House.

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February 20, 2019

Want to live a healthy life lasting 500 years — or longer? That possibility, the increasing role of artificial intelligence (e.g., battlefield robotics, self-driving cars, and — yes —supposedly emotionally sensitive companionship dolls), genetic engineering and tissue generation…

February 20, 2019

We as a community paid tribute to a true American politician — a man who served God, family and community. As the wife of a reservist currently serving his eighth tour, I am extremely grateful to have had Rep. Walter Jones in office.

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As I reflect on my time with Congressman Jones, my thoughts are with his family, which to me also includes his staff. I had the honor of working for Congressman Jones for 14 years and I watched him up close serving the people of the 3rd District.

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February 19, 2019

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February 19, 2019

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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.

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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!

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