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September 24, 2016

Today’s young, male pickup drivers are becoming more creative in the ongoing effort to annoy fellow motorists. Just having big tires and a low rumbling, high-riding rig has become cliché.

Some of Tennessee’s promising young lads have turned to diesel engines for ramping up the…


Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the poor

September 23, 2016

Poverty in the United States is deeper than in all other wealthy nations. Yet neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has a specific anti-poverty agenda.

There have been notable improvements in 2015 in three crucial measures of economic well-being: income, poverty and health insurance coverage,…


Sand mining a viable enterprise for Pitt County

September 22, 2016

Following recent debate and a public hearing by the Pitt County Commission, approval of yet another sand mine north of the Tar River makes sense. In heavily populated areas and areas fit for other industrial development, it likely would be voted down. North of the river, though, it seems anything…


Public meeting prayer issue overshadows education

September 21, 2016

Regardless of Monday’s ruling from a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that elected officials may open public meetings with sectarian prayers, members of the Pitt County Board of Education should restrict their meeting activities to the business of education, not…