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Child separation occurs daily

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

As a family doctor since 1964, I have been called into court on several occasions to testify regarding the removal of children from their biological parents. In fact all over America, social services facilitates the removal of many children from their homes every day, a process that can be initiated by anyone but most often begins with the children themselves or teachers and coaches.

Obviously when a parent is incarcerated for any reason, children must be cared for, and initially other family members and relatives are called upon by the courts. Granted, in many instances the accusations are unsubstantiated. Nevertheless, doctors lawyers and social service workers involved will all agree that this work is a vital part of our ameliorative institution for a long time to come if not forever.

As a matter of fact, the bringing up of all human beings turns out to be just as important as genetics when it comes to the ultimate physical and mental behavior of each and every one of us, regardless of the current identity politics running rampant in our republic today.

Robert Piat

Winterville

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October 19, 2018

Paula Dance is, without a doubt, the best candidate for sheriff of Pitt County. She has worked as a deputy sheriff for 26 years, climbing the ladder of success from sergeant to lieutenant to captain and to her present capacity as major in the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. From her vast experience…

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I read with interest Monday’s editorial titled “Country needs more effective leaders like Haley.” As I read this highly laudatory editorial about outgoing United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and how she split from President Trump on several issues, I…

October 19, 2018

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October 18, 2018

The recent hearings and vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court once again shed light on how divided this country is. The feeling among many is that we have an illegally elected government due to the influence of extremist Republican legislators and their record of…

October 18, 2018

As we prepare to go to the polls in coming days, we need to understand how we vote will determine who is making decisions on the issues that will impact our communities. We have to make sure that those deciders are people who respect communities of color and who will have our best interests in mind…

October 17, 2018

I would like to discuss the two candidates for N.C. House District 9. There are two entirely different candidates from which to choose.

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October 17, 2018

The only letter I have ever written to the Public Forum was four years ago when when we lost our total house to a fire. I then wrote in praise of our fire department and especially Chief Griffin. They were quick to respond, efficient, and so kind and compassionate. There were some adverse…

October 17, 2018

Having been a licensed attorney for over 40 years, I have only rarely known a lawyer for whom I have as much respect as I have for Jarrette Pittman. He comprises the epitome of a well-rounded, superbly well-educated, highly-experienced, and deeply-philosophical seeker of social justice and…

October 17, 2018

On Oct. 1, 2017, the U.S. experienced its deadliest mass shooting in modern history: 58 people killed and 800 injured in Las Vegas. Following this tragedy, our government did nothing to improve gun safety and better protect its citizens.

About four months later 17 people were killed at a high…

October 16, 2018

Dr. Gregory F. Murphy has done a great job during his first term as a representative for N.C. House District 9, and I am supporting his re-election. As a citizen of the City of Greenville and County of Pitt, I am a witness to how he communicates with people and his immediate responses to their…

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