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May 21, 2018

What is a tax increase? Sounds like a simple question. But when politics intrudes, simple becomes complicated — or even convoluted.

One possible definition is that a tax increase is when you pay more taxes this year than you did last year. But what if you get a pay raise at work? All other…

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May 21, 2018

We who are happy with the improvements in Greenville — Uptown, sidewalks, greenways, parks, and more -- should thank Calvin Mercer and the other members of the former City Council who worked for them. Our current mayor actually opposed many of them. BYH to the writing group crediting the…

May 20, 2018

I read recently about a mama raccoon and her four babies falling through the ceiling and onto the living room couch of a Michigan home.

The closest I ever came to that was a lone dead squirrel that wormed its way around the uncompleted mounting of a new ceiling light fixture, was apparently…

Bob Garner

May 20, 2018

Entering hurricane season, I recall Irene (which hit Pitt County in August 2011).

At that time, I was discussing with Mrs. LaRue Evans, a cousin and historian of Winterville, about putting my homeplace on the national historic registry because of its architecture

This home was built in the 20th…

May 20, 2018

BYH, never just believe internet quotes from famous people, but check multiple sources to confirm them. I think I read on Facebook that Abraham Lincoln said that.

When high school students were killed in class (at other times), Congress did nothing. Now high school students have been killed in…

May 20, 2018

Summer’s coming.

Do you remember the hiss of sunlight all but crackling across your skin? Do you miss the the steamy impact of air molecules careening into your body? Can you hearken to July, to when the air melts over the landscape, when a human radiates ripples of infrared as if a companion…

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May 20, 2018

With a single vote, North Carolina’s U.S. senators can help stop a trade war in its tracks, preserve American jobs and prevent government from taking an unseemly swipe at the watchdogs that hold it accountable.

Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis should add their names to the PRINT Act, a…

May 20, 2018


“God bless America!" I exclaimed to nobody, as the dog and cat watching the Red Sox game with me were napping.

Pitcher Hector Velazquez had induced a timely double play, ending an Orioles scoring threat. Short to second to first; that is, Tzu-Wei Lin (Taiwan) to Brock Holt (Texas) to…

Gene Lyons

May 20, 2018

Cokie and Steve Roberts’ column in The Daily Reflector on May 10 begs the question: Why have a House chaplain at all? If there is currently so much controversy between Catholics and Protestants, who share a belief in the same god, how much worse is it going to get as the U.S. (and likely the…

May 19, 2018

Bless your heart to all the mothers. You deserve a big shout-out, not just in May. A mother’s a friend for all time to cherish and protect. Her achievements will linger for generations. Here’s to you, mothers. Mother, you care. You share. You are always there. Thank you.

BYH, to the…

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