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Bless the heart of Bill Redding, who stood up at the public hearing on rezoning lots for parking spaces east of ECU...

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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

Winterville

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Letters

August 15, 2018

Twelve Chicagoans were shot dead and 62 others were shot and wounded Aug. 3-5, the Chicago Tribune reported (https://tinyurl.com/yde7jb83). Before last week's mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been shot since the beginning of the year, and 306 had been murdered.

Adding to this tragedy is the fact that…

Walter Williams

August 14, 2018

As we watch the very unfortunate issue unfold in the town of Bethel involving the tenants living in Whitehurst Trailer Park, one does not have to be a rocket scientist to see that these wonderful citizens have been thrown under the bus and forgotten by the town’s government.

What do Bethel…

August 13, 2018

The Grifton Lions Club will host N.C. Auditor Beth Ward on Monday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, located at 437 McCrae St. in Grifton.

The presentation will provide information on what types of audits the office performs, who they audit, what is found as a result of an…

August 13, 2018

With scorching heat and raging wildfires in the West and torrential downpours and massive flooding in the East, global warming is not just about a gentle sea rise any more. These tragic consequences of dumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere call for drastic remedies.

For starters, we should…

August 12, 2018

The editorial “Pence would restore democracy, irk Democrats” is just another example of the globalists trying to subvert the will of the American People. The line, “a Pence presidency sometime in the coming year is more likely than not,” is absolute establishment fantasy and…

August 12, 2018

The “ECU Parking Woes” article in The Daily Reflector on Aug. 7 needs a response.

Everyone who either attends classes or is employed at the ECU main campus is well aware of the dire parking problem. The university has reacted to this dilemma by building parking garages (at very…

August 11, 2018

I left “Dixie” at age 12 and I still remember the hard-packed red clay school playgrounds. If you’ve been receiving Social Security for a few years, you’ll probably recall some of the popular games during recess:

Kick ball, dodge ball, roll at the bat, mumbley peg (yes, some…

August 10, 2018

Our president exaggerates frequently, having made 4,229 false or misleading statements to date, reports The Washington Post. This statistic is immediately dismissed by millions of our citizens as “fake, fake, disgusting, news,” as the president recently said in Pennsylvania, where…

August 09, 2018

On July 12 the Pitt County Board of Elections met to decide on an early voting schedule. Public comments were allowed at the beginning of the meeting, with one opportunity to comment. Citizens were not allowed input after that. My concerns are about Sunday voting. Statistics prove civic-minded Pitt…

August 08, 2018

Finally, in 1965, the United States Supreme Court struck down all the so-called "Jim Crow" laws that had been mandating segregation in our former Confederate states. Now, just recently, the Israeli legislature (by a vote of 62-55-2) has enacted a statute that comprises a carbon copy of our former…

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