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Saturday, March 23, 2019

There have been a plethora of newspaper articles concerning the socialist leaning of the Democratic Party and the fear this will prevent a Democratic victory in the next presidential election.

I was pleased that op-ed columnists Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift identified Paul Manafort’s excesses as worthy of note. A much more expansive and informative article is: Paul Manafort, American Hustler https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/paul-manafort-american-hustler/550925/

In 1967, the article reports, there were less than 100 lobbyists. By the 1990s the number was 10,000. Tragically, many of our federal elected officials owe their allegiance to corporations. The swamp Donald Trump has repeatedly decried was orchestrated by Paul Manafort and those like him.

In my work with the Greenville Advocacy Team I had the honor of meeting Walter B. Jones last year. I can attest to his integrity and passion for this nation. He was very concerned about the influence of money in politics and the endless wars the United States is involved in. He treated us with respect and listened attentively to what we were asking. I left feeling like I was participating in a great democracy.

This year the team hopes to schedule meetings with Rep. Butterfield and Sens. Burr and Tillis to share with them some of our concerns. I hope and pray we will be received with the open heartedness shown to us by Walter B. Jones.

Ann Harrington

Greenville

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April 21, 2019

Over Mayor P.J. Connelly’s objection, the Greenville City Council finally passed an acceptable stormwater plan. It wasn’t the strongest possible plan to protect citizens and property from flooding, but it was much better than a weaker plan supported by the mayor. Mayor Connelly said in…

April 20, 2019

This past weekend my wife and I headed to Westwood to watch the UCLA Bruins host our Pirates in a three-game baseball series. What we witnessed was collegiate baseball played at the highest level!

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April 19, 2019

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April 18, 2019

There was a time when I had pretty hands. That was then and this is now. I don’t mind that my hands don’t have the smoothness of my youth, but nonetheless my hands are problematic.

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April 16, 2019

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April 15, 2019

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April 12, 2019

I am writing this letter in response to the March 23 letter about white supremacist attitudes that have been prevalent throughout United States history. Likewise, racism and intolerance of all marginalized minorities is not just a part of American history; it is also a part of Evangelical church…

April 11, 2019

As we approach the central holy days of the Christian calendar, I ask my brothers and sisters in Christ to advocate for peace. The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed a resolution to end our participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. This is the first time since the Vietnam war that…

April 10, 2019

I was stunned to turn on the TV just in time to see Trump say he signed a presidential proclamation saying it is now U.S. policy to acknowledge the Golan Heights as Israeli territory — Syrian land which Israel has occupied since the Six-Day War in 1967.

The land in question is 30 miles from…

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