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Gospel and Blues: The Farmville Community Arts Council will host Gospel and Blues Night at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Paramount Theater, 3723 N. Main St. The event will feature the Glorifying Vines Sisters and Shirley McNeil with the Gospel Singers of Faith. General admission is $5 at the door.

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Last week we sacrificed grandparents in Buffalo on the altar of gun worship. This week it is fourth graders in Texas. Some say we love guns more than we love our children. That may not be true. But we clearly love guns more than we love other people’s children. God forgive us.

I am so pleased and proud that the first annual edition of the “State of Black America” (Encounter Books), published by my organization, CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, in conjunction with the Claremont Institute has just been released.

The Democrats in Congress should put forth an assault weapons ban bill tomorrow and see if the Republicans care more about children’s lives or their sacred Second Amendment and all the money they collect from the gun lobbies.

It seems as though everyone is suffering the effects of inflation. So what is the problem? What is the cause? We can blame Biden, blame Putin, blame the war, blame the supply chain, blame the pandemic, blame the Democrats, blame the Republicans. But money doesn’t disappear.

Happy Memorial weekend. Make it safe. Wear your mask, wash your hands frequently, keep your distance, consider taking a fast COVID test before you join a group of people and change your plans if you test positive — even if you have no symptoms. Get vaccinated and boosted, please.

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