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Bless everyone’s heart! I just want people to be nice again. This virus has made people angry and mad. I feel like people are looking for reasons to argue about something.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

During the month of April alone, North Carolina lost 572,000 jobs, or 12.5 percent of the state’s total employment. That’s a higher rate of job loss than any of our neighbors experienced. Among the 12 Southeastern states, only Kentucky and West Virginia fared worse.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

It’s not difficult to find bad policy examples from government-enacted lockdowns due to coronavirus, yet virtually none are worse than the idea of the federal government bailing out the states.

BYH, to the homeowner on Portertown Road who put face masks on their gargoyles. Too funny! If only the citizens of Greenville would follow the gargoyles’ lead.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

It is increasingly apparent that President Trump is planning to follow the advice of Dylan Thomas and not “go gentle into that good night.” He is inching toward a justification of staying while losing by declaring the November election illegitimate.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Bless your hearts Black Americans. You are no longer slaves, you are just owned by the Democrats, whose policies will never let you be free. You are destined to be dependent on government handouts forever unless you choose to be free. Take charge of your own futures, use your heads.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

A certain university may want to address “administrative bloat” as one of the causes of its budget deficit. Excessive layers of managers and administrators would seemingly detract from teaching and learning, with the costs being passed to the students. Sound familiar? Bless the hearts of tho…

The front lines of the war on COVID-19 have expanded and are now reaching into rural America. As infection rates begin to plateau nationally, and states begin to reopen, we, too, must expand our focus and our action to rural communities — areas with limited health care infrastructure and pop…

It hasn’t been in the news much, but former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, now in a tight Republican primary to win back his old Alabama Senate seat, has been talking a lot about his time in the Justice Department and the issue that made him a persona non grata in Trumpworld: his March 2017…

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in eastern North Carolina continues to rise. Although we have successfully flattened the curve and built capacity in our health care facilities in the east, no one knows exactly how the virus will continue to evolve. What we know now is that it is sti…

President Trump is conducting a concerted and calculated campaign to undermine every institution in the American political system that can hold him and his political allies accountable for their actions. His list of targets is long: judges and journalists, intelligence analysts and inspector…

Saturday, May 23, 2020

BYH, ECU athletics. With all the money you are saving by dropping 4 sports, maybe you can refund our money for single game baseball tickets we didn't get to use like you said you would in your email many weeks ago.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Political, news and health pundits are fond of saying the COVID-19 virus is an equal-opportunity infector and recognizes no political affiliation. But that is just not so at all. The virus seems to have a special affinity for liberal Democrats, and the more radical, the stronger the affinity.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Our elementary and secondary schools will reopen this fall. During these past months of disruption, dismay and despair, I have never once doubted it. There really is no practical alternative to reopening schools. Life, work, and education must proceed.

At various times in our state’s history we’ve been compared to Rip Van Winkle, the lethargic sleepy-head, or the Dixie Dynamo, a fast-moving, progressive economic engine. Right now we are more the former than the latter.

When it comes to accepting the adjustments most of us have made to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy, there is a phrase which seems to have become part of the daily lexicon: “the new normal.” Continuing most of the health precautions recommended by the CDC now and in the future can …