I have been watching the commercials for the third district race and found it to be a down-to-the-wire-event. We have...

Thoughts, words and deeds


Saturday, January 5, 2019

While walking my dog, I saw a trash can with a sign on it. I couldn’t read the words but found the possibilities of its script very, very intriguing.

These neighbors are not native peoples. That isn’t surprising as few of us are. In fact, there is a chance that they hail from the part of the world our president most often reviles. Should I think of them as dangerous harbingers of ill will, stay clear of them or be up in arms? How easily one’s mind is fraught with nefarious thoughts and frightening possibilities.

So, what did that ominous sign say? Surely your curiosity is piqued as was mine.

With a tug and a pull on my dog’s leash and my need to know, I crossed the street. There it was in bold script, written to the g-men: “Please ring the doorbell, we have a Christmas present for you.”

The innocence of a baby lying in a manger speaks to the innocence our fellow sojourners would like accorded to them. We all want that same presumption of innocence. This is not a frivolous thought, but a foothold of our democracy. We would do well to heed it.

In this New Year, let’s take an astronaut’s view of our planet. From this perspective who are the foreign born? Who are the we and who are the them? And what does the world need now, but love?

Maybe we are all variations of one in the same, charged with the safe keeping of our beautiful yet fragile planet. If we come to terms with that love responsibility and a willingness to add to the common good, we too can say, “Please ring the bell, I have a Christ-like present for you.”

Alison Lord Stuart



Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


June 18, 2019

My spiritual director once told me if your God image is no longer helpful to you, get a new one. I was raised Catholic and loved the church. When I went to college in the 1970s my Catholic education did not prepare me for the realities of history.

When I learned of the church’s complicity in…

June 17, 2019

Recently the Greenville Advocacy Team of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) met at Congressman G.K. Butterfield's Wilson office for a conference call with his legislative director in D.C., Kyle Parker. Also on this call was the FCNL team from Durham. The purpose of this call was…

June 17, 2019

I read with considerable interest the Associate Press story by Lindsey Tanner headlined “Deaths from falls …,” on Sunday, June 9, page B2.

In addition to the suggestions she offers, we may also want to consider learning to fall and to practice falling, which in fact are…

June 16, 2019

Recent flash flooding of downtown vehicles and businesses is, unfortunately, not the first nor last flooding threat to our safety, quality of life and economic development. Fortunately, downtown flooding threats will be alleviated by the massive Town Creek Culvert Project now underway and put in…

June 16, 2019

I believe, in general, Republican legislators in the state and federal government don't give a darn about the well being of the people. They have recently reduced the regulations on air and water quality, saying that they are too restrictive, and that reducing them is “good enough.”…

June 15, 2019

The anti-God, anti-American Democrat party is presently working to get back into national power by any means necessary.

Democrats have always been the party of slavery and now they coddle the communist, socialist, Marxist and the Muslims. Put all of the above groups together and you have a force…

June 14, 2019

In regard to the deceptively and antagonistically titled letter, “Image of GPD defies reality” (Public Forum, June 9), I offer the following:

There are many definitions and uses for the word “piece.” In music, literature, art, drama, dinnerware, pottery, games and a whole…

June 12, 2019

When I was pregnant with my youngest son, Elias, I was told at 16 weeks that if I continued my pregnancy, I was risking my own death and leaving my sons and husband without me. “If it comes down to it,” my care team asked, “Do you want us to save you or your unborn child?…

June 10, 2019

Good health is a requirement for all of us. When someone is sick, they can’t work, learn or be a fully engaged in the community.

Unfortunately, too many of our neighbors don’t have the health insurance they need to stay healthy. Approximately 6,577 people in Pitt County alone have no…

June 09, 2019

Michael Abramowitz’ June 2 article for the Interfaith Clergy asks Greenville residents to “create a more positive public image” of law enforcement officers. Under the headline, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” he describes plans for a “Blessing of the Badges”…

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