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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Amid the headlines of migrant children being separated from their parents and guardians, there is the stark reality of human beings wrenched from each other. When it is your neighbor, co-worker, or fellow church member, then it becomes “up close and personal.” Maybe that’s why, despite all the fear-mongering by the president and his allies, the movement to re-unite migrant families is growing dramatically.

When you can put a name to the 38-year-old father of three young children who is awaiting deportation in a Georgia Detention Center and you have hugged his children, the tragedy of the separation becomes that much more palpable. Yes, we have just such families right here in Greenville. The average resident may not know them as such because they generally “live under the radar” but not “in the shadows.” The children are in class with our children and the family often shops in the same places we do.

If we ever hope to get beyond the clamor of TV, radio, and social media on this or any other issue, we have to ask ourselves: “What if this was our family?” I believe it is the a cappella ensemble “Sweet Honey in the Rock” who best sings Ella’s Song (in honor of Civil Rights warrior, Ella Baker). The incantation that resounds in my mind and soul is: “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.” Write and call our elected officials and join us when we gather in solidarity with these families. It’s time to act for freedom and justice.

Don Cavellini

Greenville

Note: the author is co-chairman of the Pitt County Coalition Against Racism.

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July 18, 2018

I thank The Reflector for Tom Campbell's piece in the July 7 edition, "Civic Clubs Offer Path to Community Pride."

Indeed they do. And I can speak from experience since I joined Kiwanis Club of Greenville eight years ago and have felt rewarded many fold. A woman I was courting and later married was…

July 17, 2018

I would like to thank you for the July 13th editorial, “Congress unwilling to address federal spending.” It accurately points out the dangerous fiscal path down which our country is headed.

As the editorial notes, within 10 years the federal government will annually spend more on…

July 15, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh is the wrong choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed to the Supreme Court, everything that we hold dear as a nation will be at stake.

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July 15, 2018

The recent article about State Treasurer Dale Folwell and the ECU Physicians-Vidant Health merger perplexes me.

I’m not a health care professional, business executive or attorney— just a North Carolina taxpayer. So maybe I’m dense or ill informed. But why did the article say…

July 12, 2018

A president under investigation for colluding with a foreign power (and known enemy of the United States) should not be allowed to appoint Supreme Court justices.

When that president picks a nominee who has stated that sitting president should not be subject to indictment nor subjected to civil…

July 12, 2018

From time to time the idea of a pedestrian bridge across the Tar River to River Park North is mentioned. For example, a Reflector article in 2016 estimated the price of such a bridge at $7 million-$20 million dollars! That price tag scares many citizens off. That's a shame because River Park North…

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July 11, 2018

I have a theory that a couple of the daily Bless Your Heart contributors are the same Looney Tunes that respond on reflector.com. I can’t be sure because they hide under anonymity. For example is the BYH that there was no federal law that required or suggested family separation before…

July 10, 2018

There is a lot of misinformation regarding single-payer health plans, and Albert Hunt’s column in the Sunday Daily Reflector did nothing to clear the air. His remarks regarding the health care system were both inaccurate and off the mark. Hunt referred to the proposed single-payer system as…

July 08, 2018

Amid the headlines of migrant children being separated from their parents and guardians, there is the stark reality of human beings wrenched from each other. When it is your neighbor, co-worker, or fellow church member, then it becomes “up close and personal.” Maybe that’s…

July 07, 2018

I just saw Walter B. Jones’ Facebook post congratulating himself for participating in Kinston's naturalization ceremony. He was very quick to stress how proud he was of people going "through the legal process" of becoming a citizen.

So my question for him, and for my other representatives:…

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