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Bless our hearts as Edmund Burke quoted: The only thing necessary for the triump of evil is for good men(and women) to...

Beware of barbecue bugs

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Monday, May 28, 2018

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion?

Folks setting to break out their outdoor grill this Memorial Day face a nasty choice. If they undercook their hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken nuggets, their family and friends may face food poisoning by E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises raising the temperature.

But our own National Cancer Institute warns that high-temperature grilling of processed meats produces cancer-causing compounds. Do we really need to choose between food poisoning and cancer?

Luckily, a bunch of enterprising food processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs, and soy nuggets. These products don’t harbor nasty bugs or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even offer cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, or pesticides like their animal-based alternatives. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our neighborhood supermarket, along with nut-based milks, ice creams, and other dairy-free desserts.

This Memorial Day, let's stay safe on the roads, but let's extend the safety net to our family barbecue grill.

George Sidwell

Goldsboro

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July 21, 2019

Donald Trump visited Greenville again recently. He must like it a lot ... he certainly gets a warm reception from the rally participants.

I like North Carolina a lot, too, and used to take my vacations in your beautiful coastal towns and spend a fair amount of money in condo rentals,…

July 21, 2019

I’m a proud native of Pitt County, born at the old Pitt Memorial Hospital in 1967. Tonight, however, I’m angry that a town and community I love would be host to and party to such a disgusting and vile display of bigotry, racism and hatred peddled by the Liar-in-Chief.  

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July 21, 2019

I am saddened to hear that my hometown has attracted national attention for hosting a rally for the re-election of the president and vice-president.

As a former student at East Carolina University, I’m shocked that the university’s chancellor and board of trustees would sanction an…

July 21, 2019

Mr. President, quit destroying the things we took for granted over the Democrat Obama-Biden years. You are making us go to work and get better paying jobs. I was used to my 401K getting a modest single digit growth prior to you coming into office. Now I have to put up with double digits.…

July 21, 2019

I watched a brief video clip of yesterday's rally with tears streaming down my face. I respect anyone's right to support the politician most in line with their own philosophy, but I cannot bear to see people being led into a frenzy of ugly, demeaning, and yes, dangerous group think about people…

July 21, 2019

I was a Republican for 40 years. I’m still very proud my first vote was for Ronald Reagan. I answered the call to public service and spent most of the last 20 years abroad as a law enforcement officer and diplomat.

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July 20, 2019

I am deeply saddened to see the current horrible news about what is taking place on our southern border. Although I do not condone illegal immigration, I am outraged how our government is subjecting human beings to deplorable conditions while incarcerated. These immigrants, documented or not,…

July 19, 2019

Hey, where’d Russia go?

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July 18, 2019

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July 17, 2019

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