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Friday, December 7, 2018

In this season of hope, love and renewal, someone representing us, America The Beautiful, tear-gassed a pregnant woman and her children at our border. Others were gassed too.

From the perspective of the agent, there might have been a provocation for the gassing. Perhaps he perceived a threat, observed an act of disobedience, or just thought the time had come. President Trump assured our nation that the gas was not harmful. To a fleeing pregnant woman that might be questioned.

We’re a nation of laws and must be a country with borders. We’re also a compassionate people. And for those of us who answer the call of Jesus, who know about a refuge family trying to find a place to give birth to a child, this could be as unnerving as the gas itself.

Before putting politics aside we do know, and it is well documented, that Sen. Chuck Shumer offered the president funding for his wall in exchange for DACA protection. The president initially accepted and then reneged. Now the president is threatening a government shutdown if he doesn’t receive his $5 billion dollar wall funding. More than a conundrum, it’s a wrecking ball.

If we are not the son or daughter of a Native American, then our family has stood at the border with fear, trepidation and desperation. We know their reasons for coming. They probably didn’t make that treacherous journey to harm Americans.

It’s for us to consider why and how we became part of that great American tapestry. It’s for us to bask in the holiness of Joseph walking beside Mary looking for a home and to ponder anew that Jesus was born in a stable because there was no room in the inn.

It is time for us to face the harsh reality that we too are the innkeepers.

Alison Lord Stuart

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February 18, 2019

I urge Rep. G.K. Butterfield to vote no on bill H53/S52. This bill has already been presented to the legislature (H575) in 2017. It was not passed then and should not be passed now. It is obviously a method to curtail the rights of people to their reproductive health.

Reps. McElraft, Turner and…

February 18, 2019

Well folks I was going to focus my writing on just art matters. However, after listening again to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s street sweeper speech I’m inclined to combine the two.

Firstly if you have never heard it, just search MLK street sweeper and be prepared to be uplifted and…

February 17, 2019

I read with interest Ralph Tyson’s letter (Republicanism betrays the people, Feb. 7). He stresses “We the People.” Correct, and we the people elected Donald Trump — get over it!

He goes on to say Republicans are not constitutionalists — why don’t you…

February 17, 2019

Just a few short years ago our community came together to help fund the addition of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Vidant Hospital due to the large number of low birth weight babies being born in our region. This state-of-the-art facility helps these tiny persons in their struggle for life…

February 17, 2019

As I visit metropolitan areas to our west, there is clear evidence that many communities have effectively converged on their priorities in very visible ways. And when there is convergence, it seems as if progress is inescapable. I have grandchildren now, and they have experienced numerous…

February 17, 2019

Kudos to Holly Garriott, executive director for Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, and to ECU professor of music, Carroll V. Dashiell Jr., for coordinating the amazing African American Music Series.

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February 16, 2019

A big shout-out to Alison Lord Stuart for her piece on voter IDs in Tuesday’s paper.

You are right on the “mark” regarding voter IDs. My husband and I have lived in many states, all of which required a voter ID at election time — until we came to North Carolina.

At each…

February 16, 2019

Last night (Monday, Feb. 11) I attended ECU baseball banquet in the new student union. There were almost 600 people there and they were treated to a great program.

Some facts that were revealed were that this team has a 3.44 grade point average which is the highest in the American Athletic…

February 14, 2019

Donald Trump once again exhibited his extreme ignorance, irrationality and intransigence in contradicting the analysis of his three top intelligence chiefs before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Jan. 29. It's hard to imagine how pompous a person must be to think he knows more than his FBI…

February 14, 2019

Mr. Kammerer's fine article on the Jones-Lee House (in The Daily Reflector on Sunday) highlights the urgent need to save one of the few remaining architectural structures of historic and aesthetic value left in our poor city.

Years and years of willful destruction and bureaucratic neglect pushed by…

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