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Yes, here we go again


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Maybe statements requiring correction are requisite to Tinsley E. Yarbrough’s letters? It doesn’t seem a recent one falls outside of this class. From the latest, “… the Supreme Court and lower courts have consistently upheld firearm restrictions, including controls over semi-automatics.”

While true for lower courts, the Supreme Court has not upheld any law restricting the right of Americans to bear arms of any type (if anything it has broadened what can be carried by recently throwing-out Massachusetts’ Taser ban). As I clarified previously, not taking a case is different from upholding a decision. The issue is “ripening.” My guess is ripening will be complete shortly after the next justice is appointed.

But some progress has been made in that existence of the preamble to the Bill of Rights is now acknowledged (although there is an odd suggestion that the preamble somehow became irrelevant as soon as the legislation it explained was finally adopted — as if we should expect preambles to be ratified). And of course the point of raising the issue of the preamble to begin with — that it indicates the second amendment was not intended to grant government a right — has gone ignored.

And now we have criticism of NRA for displaying the operative clause of the second amendment. The relationship between the operative and prefatory clauses is carefully explained in the Heller decision. Those of us who have read that decision understand why displaying the prefatory clause would make no sense.

None of this hand-wringing changes the fact that attempts to interpret the right to bear arms as a collective one has failed — and officially so. It is a right every individual has, and for good reason. As we see too often, places where this right is violated are dangerous.

Ken Soderstrom



Humans of Greenville


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


October 15, 2018

Eastern North Carolina has experienced three “100-Year” floods in less than 20 years. As I write this, another hurricane is on its way to the Florida Panhandle, which could bring eastern Carolina yet more rain and flooding. Thanks to human-caused climate change, these catastrophic…

October 14, 2018

The election on Nov. 6 may be the most important one of our times.

Our president has exploited the politics of division, not for the betterment of our country, but for his personal gain and power. He believes the Justice Department and our court system should always do his bidding, rather than…

October 14, 2018

The 2018 elections are fast approaching on Nov. 6.  Paula Dance, candidate for the Pitt County sheriff, certainly offers positive experiences and a dedication that is unwavering.

During her 28 year tenure in law enforcement, 26 years with Pitt County, Dance has worked to create a more unified…

October 13, 2018

New rules on the use of public spaces proposed by the Trump administration and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke pose a grave danger to this country's most precious free speech rights and must be stopped. The public comment period for the regulations ends Oct. 15 and people around the country are…

October 12, 2018

As a 20-year citizen of the town of Grifton, I want to personally thank the staff of The Daily Reflector for being a voice for the people of Grifton as well as others in the area affected by the low-lying location in which Duke Energy chose for its electric substation.

I hope and pray with the…

October 12, 2018

This year as many voters go to the polls to elect officials, we search for criteria to validate our vote. What qualities should we value most and which candidates possess those qualities? Scripture provides timeless qualities in Deuteronomy 1:13, “Choose wise, understanding and…

October 11, 2018

Ah, the Republicans. In 1987, Ronald Reagan promptly withdrew Douglas Ginsburg’s Supreme Court nomination merely because he had smoked pot as a young man.

But no such problem for Brett Kavanaugh. Instead, our presidential “p.... grabber in chief” regaled his unhinged base by…

October 11, 2018

I just could not let the recent back-to-back letters using Christ and God references in support of Kavanaugh and the Republicans slide by. 

As for Kavanaugh, he flatly stated that the devil's triangle he referred to is a drinking game. It is not, it is a three-way sex act. He said that boofing…

October 10, 2018

A widely anticipated textbook, "Universal Economics," has just been published by Liberty Fund. Its authors are two noted UCLA economists, the late Armen A. Alchian and William R. Allen. Editor Jerry L. Jordan was their student and later became a member of President Ronald Reagan's Council of…

Walter Williams

October 09, 2018

The people of our community have the opportunity to support a man of extraordinary talent and desire: Dr. Greg Murphy.

As a beginner to politics in 2016, he distinguished himself immediately as a man of conscience and deliberation. As the only physician in the North Carolina legislature, Murphy…

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