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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Op-ed columnist Georgie Ann Geyer asks a very important question: How can we be a grateful nation when civic voices are dominated by recrimination and retribution, with accusations of evil and denial of evidence? And what can we, the exhausted and demoralized majority in the much-maligned center, possibly do?

We often see these voices of recrimination and retribution in the Public Forum. In order to move forward, we need to find effective ways to participate in the democratic process. One way I have found to make a difference is to be part of the Greenville Advocacy Team. We are networking with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a 75-year-old peace and justice, lobbying group.

They taught us an effective and positive way to lobby. Our goal in 2018 was to prevent war with North Korea and advocate for diplomacy. We have met with Congressman Walter Jones and met with staffers in Congressman G.K. Butterfield and Sen. Burr’s offices. We believe we can best influence policy by building relationships of integrity with our elected officials and their staff.

We are open to new members. If you are interested, join us at our next meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 131 Oakmont Drive, Greenville.

Ann Harrington

Greenville

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May 18, 2019

I read with great concern, shock and some anger your May 6 article entitled "New ECU leadership faces significant challenges." As an alum and North Carolina taxpayer, I believe ECU deserves better leadership.

Your article indicated ECU has seen a $60-70 million swing in cash flow since 2016 with a…

May 17, 2019

Like most people, I read Bless Your Heart to get a mild chuckle and an occasional feel good story. However, I found the comment in the third to the last entry in Saturday's column to be offensive: "Women who have abortions (with the exception of rape and incest) are women with no morals." In my…

May 17, 2019

In his May 10 letter to the editor about the Muller report, Vic Corey opines that "(W)e are about to expose all the crooked players in our government — the majority being lying, godless Democrats."

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May 16, 2019

A major problem in our society today seems to be a lack of empathy. That ability and willingness to put ones self in other people's shoes, seems lost and archaic.

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May 14, 2019

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May 12, 2019

Consider running for the Greenville City Council in this year’s election. Or, maybe you know someone who would do a good job on the council. This year’s election, which comes every two years, is Nov. 5. The mayor and all six council seats are on the ballot.

Serving for a decade on the…

May 12, 2019

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He states, “A student can become a teacher in North Carolina for $1,000 a year in tuition.” While the lowest priced state university,…

May 12, 2019

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May 11, 2019

We would like to thank Brittney Cannon at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. Over the last six months my brother (Donald Ray Parker) has been a patient of Cannon. She has done a wonderful job in representing the school.

We started out with extraction of 12 teeth to put in a…

May 11, 2019

While I am truly sorry to lose Chancellor Staton, who managed his challenges with remarkable dignity and grace, I am heartened by the appointment of his successor, Mr. Dan Gerlach.

Few are aware of Mr. Gerlach’s strong support to the university, especially the Brody School of Medicine. If it…

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