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Teachers bring bravery to class

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

It's the beginning of another school year. I am thinking about all you teachers. Pearl Buck wrote, "Only the brave should teach." She is so right.

Teaching is not for the faint of heart. It demands the love of humanity. It demands the the desire to help others be all they are capable of being. It demands, as Christa McAuliffe said, "... to touch the future."

The two most influential groups of people in a young person's life are parents and teachers, in that order. The choices we make in classrooms and in schools help create the future of generations. Teaching is a precious responsibility that requires time, effort, energy and emotion. What other career promises the opportunity to influence the lives of 30-150 students a year; every year? For better or worse, you will influence literally thousands of lives. Believe me, that takes courage.

You are beginning a new school year with an awesome set of responsibilities. I believe in you! Be brave and have a rewarding year.

Parmalee Hawk

Greenville

Note: The writer is the former Director of Teach Education at East Carolina University.

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Letters

January 24, 2019

Bill Redding can like or dislike anyone he wants as a future presidential candidate. Fortunately, at this point in time, we still have the right in this country to support the candidate of our choice.

As an unashamed Christian I take offense in his letter to the editor that singles out Vice…

January 24, 2019

While I appreciate the views expressed recently by Bill Redding, and his excitement about the 2020 Democratic field, him calling the Trump base "Brainless"  reminds me of the losers calling the winners lucky.

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January 23, 2019

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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January 22, 2019

Our Constitution set up a governmental system with three branches, coequal, with different functions.

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January 20, 2019

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January 19, 2019

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January 19, 2019

Bless your heart Pope Francis. Tear down that Vatican wall. Bless your heart President Obama. Tear down those walls around your Washington, D.C., estate. Bless your heart Speaker Pelosi. Tear down that wall around your Napa estate.

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January 19, 2019

After reading Bill Redding’s letter to the editor and viewing Sunday’s Meet The Press, I was prompted to add my thoughts on greenhouse gases and global warming. We are on the brink of a world disaster of a magnitude never seen before, except perhaps during the Ice Age.

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January 18, 2019

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January 17, 2019

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