A slowing economy, increased job loss, and loss of health insurance are presenting serious challenges for rural North Carolinians. Fortunately, many parents can seek Medicaid as a means to care for children’s health.

Friday, August 07, 2020

Our nation finds itself in the jaws of at least three crises: A worldwide pandemic; a severely recessionary economy; and a series of horrifying manifestations of racial injustice. Moreover, one could argue that the pillars of our democratically-inspired republic are under assault, led by our…

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Those people who are in the business of economic development know our electric power rates in North Carolina are among the lowest in the nation. This is not an accident. Out electric utility companies are not perfect but they and the state Utilities Commission have saved the taxpayer big buc…

Mr. Taggart (Public Forum, July 29), I don’t know what you do for a living and I don’t care, but your vile criticisms of Dr. Greg Murphy were way off base.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

In his July 26 letter, James H. Dautremont engaged in name-calling while not giving one fact. He could have stated his objections to the real things our president had done while in office.

Sunday, August 02, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020

I am descended from a slave. Thomas Warden (b.1599) was brought against his will to the Jamestown settlement as an indentured servant owned by Capt. William Eppes, master of the ship Anne. In 1623 he was landed on the eastern shore to work in servitude in the Eppes tobacco fields. For almost…

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Friday, July 31, 2020

I am descended from a slave. Thomas Warden (b.1599) was brought against his will to the Jamestown settlement as an indentured servant owned by Capt. William Eppes, master of the ship Anne. In 1623 he was landed on the eastern shore to work in servitude in the Eppes tobacco fields. For almost…

Thursday, July 30, 2020

So did you see the footage of the protestor in Portland holding up a boom box across the street from military-looking, armed men in camouflage, unidentified except for the word “Police” on their pocket. They could have been anybody. That is the very definition of secret police.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the civil rights law passed by Congress and signed by then-President George HW Bush. This legislation is often hailed as a parallel Emancipation Proclamation for all Americans with a disability. The ADA has served as …

Sunday, July 26, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020

I am deeply saddened by the events occurring in America today. Peaceful protests have been hijacked by Black Lives Matter and other Antifa-like groups (all supporting socialist/Marxist ideology). All of this has been well organized: Peaceful protesters on the front line holding their hands u…

Thursday, July 23, 2020

What to say about these times? Perhaps a good place to start is to try to illustrate for some where the anger and the angst come from for so many these days who are protesting the murder of George Floyd and far too many others.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

As a citizen of Pitt County and a person of color, or “POC,” I am extremely disappointed with the news report regarding an email sent to Vidant Medical Center employees titled “16 Bridge-Building tips for White People.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Sunday, July 19, 2020

There are lessons in the words we hear. For instance, in “The King and I,” we hear, “That when you become a teacher, by your pupils you’ll be taught.” It’s true.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Chemical weapons facilitate tactical warfare, intended to kill or incapacitate enemy soldiers on the battlefield. Biological warfare, on the other hand, is purely strategic, since the time delay with such weapons renders them useless on the battlefield. The ideal biological weapon is extreme…

Chemical weapons facilitate tactical warfare, intended to kill or incapacitate enemy soldiers on the battlefield. Biological warfare, on the other hand, is purely strategic, since the time delay with such weapons renders them useless on the battlefield. The ideal biological weapon is extreme…

Now that the Pitt County Board of Commissioners has decided to approve new body cameras for use by deputies, the community must not rest on its laurels and assume that law enforcement always will do the right thing regarding the use of such body cams.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

It’s as obvious now as it has been all along that Donald Trump’s directives and behavior, indeed, his whole presidency has been laughable. From the very beginning of his terrible term in office, one could think, “what a joke.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

COVID-19 works to shut down the economy — and needed light on government. With news and citizen attention on the virus, who’s minding the store down at City Hall? Someone needs to. Here’s why a majority of this council merits scrutiny on land use.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

So now the portly gentleman in the White House wants all schools to open or face the loss of federal funding. And yet only a few Northeastern states have met the metrics for SARS-Cov-2 infections that would allow for some form of in-person schooling. The experience of several countries, nota…

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Landmark legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else turns 30 this month. Although the Americans with Disabilities Act helps create a more inclusive environment, more needs to be done to satisfy the expectatio…